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.


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

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