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.

2018 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

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


2017 was an eventful year with many positive steps forward and strengthened connections around the country. In February 2017, Victoria was officially recognised as Region 5 with five active dojangs, demonstrating strong growth in that part of Australia. We have seen members sitting testings at the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa and at the US Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa with Australia’s first ever Chil Dan candidate. The year also saw several members travel and train internationally, strengthening our international connections.


New Australian TAC and Hu Kyun In appointments on Rottnest Island, Region 2. Wyles SBN [TAC], Connor SBN [HKI], Austin ABN [SAC], Glenn SBN [Designee] and M Koina SBN [TAC].

New Australian TAC and Hu Kyun In appointments on Rottnest Island, Region 2. Wyles SBN [TAC], Connor SBN [HKI], Austin ABN [SAC], Glenn SBN [Designee] and M Koina SBN [TAC].

The TAC hosted a camp in Region 2 and introduced some of the necessary procedures for future Dan and Ko Dan Ja rank promotion to a younger, wider audience. This knowledge sharing contributes greatly to the professionalism of the Australian Federation. The event also saw the official introduction of the new TAC who took up their roles on 1st October 2017, and the establishment of the Hu Kyun In for the first time in Australia.


It is important we acknowledge the efforts past TAC members have put in, in order to create a strong foundation for the future of our organisation. Thank you to Glenn Sa Bom Nim, Broman Sa Bom Nim and Connor Sa Bom Nim for their dedication shown over their years as TAC members.


The annual international Youth Leadership Symposium was held in Korea during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. This  event continues to provide new information to invigorate the program here in Australia. Under the guidance of the TAC, the Australian Youth Leadership program will be greatly expanded in 2018, strengthening the next generation of our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development.


We are fortunate to be hosting SEALS in Melbourne this October. SEALS provides a fabulous opportunity to connect with members across Australia and directly with Kwan Jang Nim. Information regarding SEALS has been sent to all dojang in Australia to be shared with all members.


Please look at the 2018 dates of events held in your dojang, region and across Australia, and take these opportunities to be part of sharing and growing the art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2018 a wonderful Moo Duk Kwan year.


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


2017 New Year greeting from the Australian TAC Chairman

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


2016 was perhaps the best year we’ve had in all the years we have been together as a formal Federation in Australia and we are grateful to have had your support and been given the opportunity to support you in being your best.


We have seen multiple Ko Dan Ja experiences around the world, training sessions with seniors, new Do Jangs opening, Youth Leadership event in Korea, camps, seminars and visits by several Senior Ko Dan Ja. Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang holidayed here in Australia too and gave a multi day seminar in Melbourne.


Let’s appreciate all the people who make it happen, who are consistently contributing to the art with their leadership, attendance, attitude and abilities on a weekly basis. By focusing on what’s important, putting others before themselves, creating opportunities and guiding others as they pursue their martial art dreams, these leaders ensure our art has a vibrant future.


The TAC will continue to pragmatically assist to help you design, create and live your best Moo Duk Kwan experience. Over the last few weeks, the TAC has made concrete steps to start 2017 strong. We know you will find it helpful. We have clarified some of the procedures and with guidance from Kwan Jang Nim, new structures will be in place within the next few months.


We will be inviting Red Belt Gup members, Yu Dan Ja and Ko Dan Ja members to a camp in August to share the art so they can all be a practical part of the leadership group into the future. Also at the camp we will ask Ko Dan Ja members to help in identifying areas of development and identifying future assistants in a range of roles (such as on testing boards) and tasking them with meaningful action orientated roles so they can move from spectator to facilitator and role model.


While 2016 had some challenges and changes along with the growth, we are all heading towards our MDK goals. For me the big one was my father, who was an educator for most of his professional life, passed away, as did several others who held meaningful roles in our lives.


Also I’d like to say a special thank you to Broman Sa Bom for her contributions over the years as she steps down from her role in the TAC. To Connor Sa Bom who is recovering from hip surgery and continues to be active and productive writing additional guidelines and to the TAC administrator Koina Sa Bom for all of his administrative work keeping the international requirements up to date and streamlined.


The most important thing you can do to make the most of any new year is to get commandingly clear on what you want to accomplish, what you have to let go of that may stop or hinder you and making a clear strategic plan that you can use to achieve your objectives. It’s really very simple. Not always easy, but simple.


Please look at the 2017 dates of events held in your Do Jang, Region and across Australia and be part of sharing and growing the art. Communicate and connect with others on all levels and make 2017 a wonderful MDK year.


Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan


Kriton Glenn
Australia TAC Chairman

Launch of the new Australian Federation website

The Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation is delighted to launch its new website, providing features such as a brief history of the Moo Duk Kwan, a location finder to direct you to your closest dojang and a news section to keep you up to date with events and news from around Australia. We’re also working on a member’s area that will be ready in the near future. Save the site to your favourites and check in regularly to enjoy all of these features as they come online.