2019 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

To all Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation members,

Over the last 12 months we have seen Australian members attend testings at both the Korean and US Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa, and Australia’s first ever Chil Dan (7th Dan) certificate was awarded. 2018 also saw several members travel and train internationally, strengthening our international connections.

The TAC facilitated the South East Asian Leadership Seminar (SEALS) held in Region 5. The more than 60 members attending received instruction directly from Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang. We would like to thank Region 5, the SEALS organising committee and the TAC for the effort they put in to host an amazing event.

The 3rd World Moo Duk Kwan Youth Leadership Symposium occurred in Korea in October, during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. This international event provided new information to invigorate the program here in Australia, and with the support of the TAC and the Australian Federation we look forward to this program growing to ensure the future of our Art and our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development. Australia was proudly represented by Mr Stephen LeHars (Region 4), who will hold the role of Australian Youth Leader for the coming 12 months.

The TAC has announced a National Camp to be held in Berry NSW in from 3 – 6 October 2019. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our connections, to forge new connections or to reconnect with old friends.

Please look at the 2019 dates for events held in your Do Jang, Region and across Australia and be part of sharing and growing our Art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2019 a wonderful MDK year.


Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan
Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

Welcome William Johns SBN

William Johns SBN with Kwan Jang NimWelcome to William Johns SBN (Yuk Dan, Dan Bon 20535), a member of the Australian Federation, who many of us met recently at SEALS 2018 in Melbourne.

Johns SBN is a man with a great vibrant sustained Moo Duk Kwan heritage and is a direct student of our Kwan Jang Nim. Fortuitous for us here in Australia, this qualified senior resource can be called upon regarding protocols, procedures, combinations and history. He now is opening a dojang in Albany Western Australia, a lovely part of the world.

By way of background, Johns SBN began training in 1973 in Alaska, USA and later opened a dojang, the Pyong Ahn Institute, in 1978, as a uni student at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. The Pyong Ahn Institute was very successful and grew to be larger than any other sport or athletic organisation on campus.

Wanting to get closer to the art, Johns SBN became Kwan Jang Nim’s student in 1978. Graduating university in 1980, he moved to Homestead, Florida and began teaching full-time; expanding during the 80’s to a peak of five dojangs and training more US Federation members than any other principal instructor in the USA at that time.

Over time he provided targeted specialised training to the Homestead Police Department SWAT team, multiple Police departments, the Department of Corrections and members of the US Customs Service and military personnel stationed at Homestead Air Force Base.

In 1987, Johns SBN tested for Ko Dan Ja and attended as a guest each year after. Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead and destroyed all his dojang, causing a move to New York in 1992 where teaching resumed. He represented the USA at the 50th Anniversary of the Moo Duk Kwan in Korea, with a demonstration of the Sip Sam Seh with Schermerhorn SBN. Johns SBN has coached and competed locally, nationally and internationally.

His practical experience will help provide us as juniors with access to ideas, skills and a sounding board for growth into the future.

In 2008, Johns SBN forwent his Chil Dan testing to stay in Sweden to provide hospice care to a dying friend. He took time to then assess his life direction and associations and moved to Australia in January of 2012. Discovering that Kwan Jang Nim was about to visit Australia for the 2018 SEALS, he grabbed the opportunity and reconnected to the art on many levels. This rekindled his relationships with Daymon Kenyon SBN and again with his instructor Kwan Jang Nim.

SEALS 2018 wrap-up

The Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation would like to thank the SEALS 2018 organising committee for their efforts. The SEALS organising Committee consisted of Region 5 members who demonstrated good leadership throughout SEALS and its organisation.

  • Michelle McMillan JKN – Chairperson
  • PJ Steyer SBN
  • Leonie Broman SBN
  • Master Derek Robertson
  • Victor Griss JKN
  • Chris McMillan KSN – Treasurer
  • Stephen McMillan KSN
  • David Thorpe JKN
  • Mathew May

The result has been a very successful and well run event that was a pleasure to attend. There were a few bumps along the way that were handled well by the Committee and a few lessons learnt from the experience.

Those members who attended had many fabulous training opportunities with instructors they would not normally train with and were provided opportunities for some downtime to socialise with each other and connect outside the dojang. We look forward to future events hosted in Region 5.

We would also like to thank the Australian TAC (Mark Koina Sa Bom Nim and Kim Wyles Sa Bom Nim) for their work in preparing the class schedule and the instruction provided. As always it was a pleasure to train with Kwan Jang Nim and Daymon Kenyon Sa Bom Nim, and we hope to see them back in Australia again soon.


Soo Bahk!

Derek Koina
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

SEALS 2018 – Melbourne, Australia

SEALS-promo-tiles-03The next South East Asia Leadership Seminar (SEALS) will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia from 11th – 14th October 2018.


SEALS is an official Moo Duk Kwan event which has a great tradition of bringing international Moo Duk Kwan members together, strengthening our connection and identity, developing the leader within us and experiencing our philosophy in action.


We extend an invitation to dojangs and members worldwide to train in Melbourne with the Grandmaster HC Hwang. We have many Ko Dan Ja members already registered, adding their instruction and experience to this wonderful event.


Held during Melbourne’s mild Spring, this event allows you the chance to connect or renew friendships with international practitioners from around the world and experience some of the unique cultural experiences Melbourne has to offer.


For information about the seminar, please visit the Victoria Region 5 Soo Bahk Do facebook page or contact us with enquiries at victoriaregion5@gmail.com.


Please forward this information on to your own students and other Moo Duk Kwan members worldwide.


We look forward to see you in Melbourne and training hard with you!


Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan

Region 5 SEALS Committee