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2021 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

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

We have been through an interesting year that has led to huge changes in our daily lives. New opportunities arose that enabled us to connect in these difficult times, through Zoom. Strengthening our connections nationally for the benefit of all members. Some members embraced these opportunities and should feel proud of their efforts. These opportunities were facilitated by the “COVID-19 Response Team” who spent hours determining how to navigate the current health crisis. The COVID-19 Response Team were supported by instructors across the country who provided regular online classes to all members.

Opportunities arose to train with international members via Zoom, forging stronger connections across the globe. Those who embraced these opportunities received instruction from senior members worldwide; opportunities seldom available in Australia let alone in our own homes.

World Moo Duk Kwan hosted the 75th Anniversary celebrations with a range of virtual seminars that saw attendance from across Australia and globally. This was another great opportunity to strengthen connections and to train with some incredible instructors from around the world.

As a result of COVID-19 all Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa were cancelled in 2020. The Australian TAC are currently preparing candidates for 2021 events and hope to see Australia well represented.

Please take a look at the 2021 dates for events due to be 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 2021 a wonderful Moo Duk Kwan year. Train hard and look after your fellow members.

Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan,

Derek Koina
Chair
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

 

End of Year message from the Australian Designee

As we prepare for the end of year break I wanted to reach out to the Australian WMDK membership and to each of you say thank you for organising your lives as you continue your pursuit of our art.

This was no ordinary year, and there will be significant impacts for some time, yet you have maintained a link, reflected, and taken action by adopting and embracing new ways to connect. Regardless of your rank, from 9th gup to senior Ko Dan Ja whenever you take action, you inspire your peers, your teachers and the seniors of our art. So thank you.

While navigating the disruption, there has been a range of new training options many of you have used, this has required herculean efforts by your Do Jang leaders and TAC.  The TAC are to be commended for this commitment particularly with the finalising of grading requirements. Do Jang operators have shown tenacity and steadfastness – In Neh on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. All have suffered financial hardship and spent many late nights figuring out how to maintain an effective rhythm to provide the membership a path to continue the Soo Bahk Do education. And our art continues, directly because of their dedication, and they deserve our thanks.

The ASBDMDK Federation and its office bearers have maintained their efforts providing a structure where our art is safely administered. The Youth program has lots of energetic bursts of growth and has its eyes on the horizon as we chart new situations. The foundation and direction encourages confidence in the future.

The 75th celebration was very successful due to powerful efforts by a tight band of operators including key Australian personnel. Australia’s direct involvement in the 75th event provided a high level of professionalism and continuity. When ever you have the opportunity please keep the connections with those you engaged with and keep a ‘Oneness’ and a living link with the members throughout the world.

As the Australian Designee there has been regular engagement with Senior MDK members supporting the future direction and development of our art. Additionally, ongoing coordination as the Chairperson of the WMDK Symposium and now weekly contributions as the Chairperson of the newly formed Sa Jei Ji Gahn committee as it actively supports the worldwide membership.

So all of this activity, knowing the commitment of our Do Jang operators and the strength of our administration, the productive knowledgeable TAC, the energetic youth program please have confidence in the longevity as we are guided along the path of our ancient art.  As we share time with our loved ones and friends over the summer break remember we will all be here in 2021.

Your seniors will be putting on our Do Boks and turning up early to the Do Jangs whether they be in our garages, community/school halls or dedicated facilities. Our art connects us.

 

A big merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to all of you and your families.

 

Kriton Glenn

Australian Designee

Australian TAC Appointments by Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang

On the 25th of September 2020, Kwan Jang Nim HC Hwang confirmed both Mark Koina Sa Bom Nim and Kim Wyles Sa Bom Nim to the Australian Technical Advisory Committee for another three years.

Both have served on the Australian TAC since October 2017, and due to their efforts and accomplishments supporting all members within the Australian Federation, they were invited by Kwan Jang Nim to continue in this important role.

Please join us in congratulating Koina SBN and Wyles SBN on this historic appointment. They have done a tremendous job. Let us all continue to support them as they build on the work of their seniors and further the aims and ideals of the World Moo Duk Kwan.

 

2020 New Year greeting from the Australian Federation Chair

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

We have seen members sitting testings at the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.  The year also saw several members travel and train internationally strengthening connections worldwide.

The TAC facilitated the Australian National camp in Berry, with 55 members attending receiving instruction from the Ko Da Ja in Attendance. We would like to thank TAC, the Camp organising committee and the Instructors for the effort they have put in to host an amazing event that included opportunities for growth in the Youth Leadership program. The Australian National camp is set to become a feature with the next one planned for 2021.

The international Youth Leadership Symposium occurred in Korea during the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa providing new information to invigorate the program in Australia with the support of the TAC and the Australian Federation we look forward to this growing and ensure the future of our organisation. The TAC and Committee see this program as an opportunity for personal growth and development. Australia was proudly represented by Master Stephen LeHars.

World Moo Duk Kwan has announced the 75th-anniversary dates (26th-28th of October) with the Korea Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa immediately prior to this (20th to 26th October). This is a great opportunity to strengthen connects, to forge new connections or to reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a while.

World Moo Duk Kwan has also announced the “Heritage Program” with more information available from the seniors. This program is new and exciting opening more opportunities for our membership.

Please look at the 2020 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 2020 a wonderful MDK year.

Yours in the Moo Duk Kwan

Derek Koina
Chair
Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

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
Chair
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
Chair
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

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
Chair
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