carelessness-568x1024“JRD Tata had a friend who used to say that he misplaces and loses his pen very often. He will use only very cheap pens so that he need not worry about losing them. He was worried about carelessness habit. JRD suggested to him to buy the costliest pen he could afford and see what happens.

He did that and purchased a 22 carat gold Cross pen. After nearly six months JRD met him and asked him if he continues to misplace his pen. His friend said that he is very careful about his costly pen and he is surprised how he has changed! JRD explained to him that the value of the pen made the difference and there was nothing wrong with him as a person!

This is what happens in our life.We are careful with things which we value most.

If we value our health, we will be careful about what and how we eat;

if we value our friends, we will treat them with respect;

if we value money, we will be careful while spending;

if we value our time, we will not waste it.

if we value relationship we will not break it.

Carefulness is a basic trait all of us have,we know when to be careful! Carelessness only shows what we don’t value…… ”
I found this picture in a post and thought it was well done. It made me think about all of the time I’ve spent making sure tools and such always got put back where I got them from.

Had you thought of the definition of “careful” in this manner? Probably not.

I know part of this was conditioned into me from my Father. He spent his days working on iron ore mining equipment. Tools were very important. I would get a good lecture every time I didn’t get things back where they belonged. At the time, the only real lesson that I learned from this was that it helps a job/project go smoother if tools are put back so when working you know where they are.

I’d wager that you can understand this idea from having lost – misplaced – your keys a few times. The frustration and wasted time are worse than not knowing where they are. This gets us started on developing habits, some call “rituals”, to help keep things running smoothly. These habits also illustrate the point in the story here. The more valuable the item, the more careful we are with managing it. Here’s where the twist comes in, though. These carefulness habits aren’t only for you and your stuff!

Looking at what working with my Father’s tools, it did teach me that the tools were valuable to him. By treating them as he dictated…asked…it taught me carefulness of someone else’s feelings. The loss of a tool caused frustration and pain. That is NOT something that I wanted to cause my Father. he deserved more respect than that. I know I wasn’t very good and I didn’t try hard enough, so I’m grateful that he forgave me and kept helping me.

enablerThis carefulness is illustrated in the last point of the picture. “If we value relationship we will not break it.” The care taken to not hurt those you care about IS important. This does also carry over into supporting those who you have a relationship with. This is important as “careful” equates to “being full of care” and can be viewed poorly by those you care about. Hopefully, they will still love you even if they don’t like you for a while.

Sadly, carelessness happens more often. In simple little things like using turn signals or not stopping AT the line for traffic signals. Parking in two spaces (maybe that’s arrogant, too). It also shows in how much time you spend looking at your phone when you have people sitting next to you. How many others can you add without much thought?

“Carefulness is a basic trait all of us have, we know when to be careful.” It shows in the respect that you give. it shows in the discipline that you develop. It shows in the “service to others” than you provide.

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Half As Much

After a recent Pine Tree Taekwondo promotion test, one of the young (11 year old) students commented that the newly promoted 3rd Dan knows half as much as the 6th Dan teacher. It was a cute comment…but is it accurate? I know many of you are already going “not even close” but play along for a bit.

During my 36 years of learning Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, I’ve found that there is quite a range of knowledge across the Dan ranks. I know several 1st Dan and 2nd Dan who have more understanding of technique and history than many 5th Dan and 6th Dan. Any Dan rank should be respected but it can also be acknowledged that not all Dan ranks are equal. The key factor to consider is what each organization/school desires their students to know when earning their 1st Dan (and beyond). These expectations truly define what kind of black belt they are!

The most unfortunate part of today’s martial arts is how much it has become business. When it becomes a planned achievement, many of the details of training can be lost. This tends to focus on performing physical techniques more than knowledge of principles, strategies and history. This portion is better left to a discussion when a couple hours are available.

Be_A_Black_BeltWhile these previous points fit into the subject of this post, they aren’t the focus of the post. Does a 3rd Dan know half as much as the 6th Dan? The fun comment of “I’ve taught you everything that you know.” fits here. It could be viewed that they do know half of the material/curriculum. This is where a favorite saying comes in…the physical techniques are only 10% of an art. So, what the 3rd Dan really knows is that 10% plus a bit more that they’ve figured out from their class experience and independent study. Here is where the knowledge split really happens.

Over the past few years, I’ve gained students from cousin schools (those with lineage and hyungs similar to what I learned and teach). The easy change was to develop the hyungs (patterns) from what they learned to the way that I teach them. Mostly, the changes were for tournament benefits. These come around quickly. The harder part is most of the cousin schools only teach that set of hyungs. I teach a second set, so now students are playing catch-up.

I bring this up because common questions are…
“How many patterns do I need to know for my black belt?” Students that join us from other schools typically have 6-8 hyungs to know by the time they test to 1st Dan. My curriculum has 14 hyungs to reach 1st Dan. Those who started with me don’t know any different and often think all schools are this way. As they gain rank and start researching on their own, they discover quite a different world.

“How many patterns do you know?” Here is where I get disbelief when I answer. The short answer is 20 that I can do right now plus 10-12 that would come back with quick reviews. Since my athletic abilities have only ever been average, I have spent time figuring out how to move and why to move. Learning patterns from other schools and teachers provides me insights into how they teach movement and why plus development of what technique is actually doing…because I don’t do a martial dance!


“When you become fully responsible for your life, you can become fully human; once you become human, you may discover what it means to be a warrior.” – Dan Millman

But back to the question of how much is known. Learning material means different things to each student. The precision, the power generation, the tactical application are all things developed from learning a technique. These and more make up what is truly being learned within the physical techniques. Oh yeah, that’s only 10% of the work.

It is through this physical training that the other 90% becomes known to those learning martial arts! Who you become is based completely on how you develop this part of your training. The “Peaceful Warrior” work of Dan Millman is a good illustration for this portion of learning. Once you stop just doing things, you can start listening and learning what is there for you. It may be that if you truly LISTEN to your teacher and WORK the material/information that you are given, then you will see that you know everything the teacher knows. True teachers will give you everything they know from the start but often the student isn’t listening well.

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Please Help Us Support Wounded Warrior Project


As many of you know, I’m passionate about giving back to our nation’s service members – the few who fight to protect the freedom of this great country. Often times many of these inspiring individuals come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression. Because they’ve risked everything for us, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for these wounded service members and their caregivers.

I am proud to host an event benefiting an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has a big, audacious goal: to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. I’m challenging myself to help WWP reach this vision, and I need your help.

WWP offers 20 holistic programs to wounded service members and their caregivers completely free of charge and 100% of the funds raised through the this event go directly to Wounded Warrior Project to help fuel these programs.

Please join my effort and give what you can by donating through my page. Click the donate button at the top and enter the amount you are able to give. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Song Moo Kwan Precepts

While working with Supreme Grand Master Choi, Joon Pyo (Songmookwan 10th Dan), I have had the opportunity to hear a few of the stories about our lineage’s history. The reverence that people had for Supreme Grand Master Ro, Byung Jick (Songmookwan founder) can be seen throughout the stories. They regularly comment on his integrity and strength. He was the man that presided over the first testing of black belts for Taekwondo. He wasn’t the president of the organization but he was the one who decided if you attained the requirements for promotion! He set the tone for what a black belt in Taekwondo should be able to accomplish.

We regularly see the historical claims of Taekwondo’s beginnings. Often they include the “codes” of behavior and responsibility. These are not outdated concepts but may be seen more as part of the martial arts myth than working ideas. The history that presents them is not part of “our” history. They come from other older cultures and societies. Many words are not in common use today. I think that many more students today would feel their commitment to training if presented an updated version, so I present here a link to the Navy SEAL Code: A Warrior Creed, which is part of our society and culture. After you read it, try reading it again and replace “nation” with community or family. Does this change your thoughts about what is written?

Now that you’ve connected the concepts to your current training, it is easier to understand what the original versions stood for and meant. There were four precepts that Supreme Grand Master Ro taught. They are still the core of Song Moo Kwan training. I present them here with some current presentations.

1. YehShi YehJong – Begin with Courtesy, End with Courtesy

2. SolSeon SooBeom – Lead by Example

3. Budahn NoRyeok – Never ending Efforts

4. Hasa Bulseong – Nothing is Impossible



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ROK blocks DPRK in martial arts competitions


visual_rolling08SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) – The South Korean government has blocked North Korea’s participation in a martial arts competition here in September, after Pyongyang accepted an invitation, a Washington-based news media report said Wednesday.symbol

According to Voice of America (VOA), the organizers of World Martial Arts Masterships asked George Vitale, the spokesman of the North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), to check whether North Korean taekwondo practitioners are willing to participate in its inaugural event in Cheongju, some 130 kilometers south of Seoul.


George Vitale receiving honorary doctorate from DPRK

Vitale, who was in Pyongyang last month for the ITF’s 50-year anniversary event, told the VOA that North Korea accepted the organizer’s offer. However, the South Korean government blocked the North Koreans from competing in the event, citing the recent situation with the North. Following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test in January and additional missile tests, the relationship between the South and the North has been cold.

mascot_engAccording to the VOA, the South Korean government told the organizers that it will not allow North Korean athletes to enter South Korea and added that since North Chungcheong Province, not a private entity, is the main organizer, it will not oppose the central government’s decision.

The World Martial Arts Masterships is set for Sept. 2-8. The event aims to bring together some 2,100 people from 60 countries and offer 15 martial arts programs, including taekwondo, judo and kickboxing.

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2016 Kukkiwon Masters Certification Course

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July 2016  
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Dae Han Martial Arts, 1755 Dennis KempLane, Kennesaw, GA 30152
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KH Kim Taekwondo, 3141 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
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Passing of Grandmaster John Tompkins

John Tompkins, 1984

John Tompkins, 1984 A-4-31

We are sad to learn of the passing of Grandmaster John Tompkins July 6, 2016.  GM Tompkins was 72 and first joined the ITF after his service with the U.S. Army and served as a aviation crew member for the Huey platform while in Vietnam.  GM Tompkins was known for his technical ability and could both verbally and in writing detail minute Taekwon-Do movements and ideas and his written color belt manual is still one of the best out there.



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Grandmaster Promotions Annouced

Author with General Choi, 1981 Chicago, IL. U.S.A.

General Choi 7 Gwen F. Hall, 1981 Chicago, IL. U.S.A.

With the birth of Taekwon-Do on April 11 1955 when Taekwon-Do was given its name, many in the  name of Taekwon-Do have been promoted to 9th Dan (degree).  General Choi first appointed 9th Dan was Rhee, Ki-ha of Scotland, followed closely by Chuck Sereff and then Hwang, Kwang-sung in 1997.  These are of course 9th Dans in the International Taekwon-Do Federation and do not include those promoted in any of the ITF’s since or other organizations in the world.  However, with so many grandmasters its a matter of time in grade, or connections of financially motivated promotions that we see all to much in the world of Taekwon-Do.

Today is one of those days that I can say is a great day in the world of Taekwon-Do, the Kido Kwan and its members and martial artist in general.  I am pleased to announce that
Master Gwen F. Hall of Corpus Christi Texas USA is now recognized as GRANDMASTER GWEN F. HALL 9th Dan.  Grandmaster Hall has been involved in the martial arts for over fifty years actively teaching during the whole time.  She has been involved in Taekwon-Do since 1968 and is senior to so many other Grandmasters that have been promoted before her.  So please take the time to thank Grandmaster Hall by sending her a congratulations email message and please feel free to contact her for any help in the Taekwon-Do field.

We will upload an updated bio soon!

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2015 Kukkiwon Invitational Course in USA

October 24, 2015


With the authority and responsibility to maintain “global standards,” the Kukkiwon is implementing regulations in the U.S. that are already successfully established in Korea and other countries.

The Kukkiwon policy does not change anything for the individuals testing for 1st and 2nd Dans. Individuals testing for 3rd through 7th Dans will need to be tested by a licensed Kukkiwon Test Examiner.

Masters and Grandmasters who want to certify their own students should know current Kukkiwon standards by becoming licensed Kukkiwon Test Examiners. They can then promote their own students at their own location and with their own schedule.

Regional Panels of Test Examiners will be set up in each state and will only need to be responsible for their own state.

The Kukkiwon has a very clear picture of dojang operations worldwide, and as a “base” for examinations, the Kukkiwon standard was created as a minimum and allow instructors to include their personal material.

Testing is supposed to be an “Examination,” where the student is tested on the required material as articulated in the Kukkiwon rules. Those conducting the examination need to have command of the testing material and be trained in how to score the different elements of the examination, in order to render a fair and qualified opinion on the student’s ability to meet a “specified” standard during the examination. Testing is not a “demonstration”; it is an examination. Testing is about the “student,” not the audience.

The organization that was given the lead five years ago to assist the Kukkiwon with the regulations not only failed in their attempts, but their actions have delayed the standardization in the U.S., and they are now working to discredit the Kukkiwon.

To retain some semblance of order and presence for the Kukkiwon practitioners in America, MOU organizations were selected and were given the same opportunity, as was given to the WTMU, to assist in establishing the standards. Only the WTMU has fully invested the time, effort, and its resources, into helping the Kukkiwon here in America.

Bringing high standards and respect to Taekwondo, the Kukkiwon will continue to execute their federated strategy and regionalized examination panels with an inclusive mindset, so all Taekwondo practitioners in America have access to the Kukkiwon.

The Kukkiwon urges all Taekwondo masters to come into compliance with existing policies of the Kukkiwon. Active resistance to adopting the Kukkiwon test policies will not be tolerated.


KH Kim, 9th Dan Kukkiwon

World Taekwondo Masters Union
3141 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
Office: (847) 480-9224
Direct: (630) 390-9975
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Kukkiwon Poom/Dan Promotion Test Examiner Course Schedule & Guideline

DATE: November 19-22, 2015
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MANDATORY CHECK-IN: Thursday, November 19 (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
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SEMINAR SCHEDULE: Friday, November 20 – full day
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FINAL REVIEW & TEST: Sunday, November 22 ( 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Must stay for the duration; Anyone leaving before 3pm will be disqualified.

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Russia and North Korea to Co-Produce Film On Taekwondo History

The film will be the first co-production project between the two countries in over 25 years.

Russia is planning the first co-production with North Korea since the Soviet era as part of a larger scheme aimed at stepping up film collaboration with the rogue nation.

State-backed Russian and North Korean filmmakers are planning a feature on the history of traditional Korean martial art of taekwondo, producer Yuri Mityushin told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

“This picture will tell the story of taekwondo development,” he said. “It has a very long history and was known even in Czarist Russia. In addition, we are planning several more co-productions [with North Korea].”

A delegation of North Korean filmmakers is currently on a visit to Moscow, timed to a series of screenings of North Korean films.

According to Mityushin, who organized the screenings and the visit, the North Korean filmmakers are also scheduled to discuss collaboration with the state-run studios Mosfilm and Gorky Studio and talk with Russia’s main film school, VGIK, about accepting North Korean students.

Film ties between Russia and North Korea broke with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before that, the Soviet Union and North Korea co-produced several movies, mostly focused on World War II events.

The most recent of those, Bereg spaseniya (Salvation Shore), directed by Arya Dashiyev, was released in 1990.

The announcement comes against the backdrop of Russia trying to step up co-production with other countries. Recently, co-production projects with China and India have been discussed.

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I Am Taekwondo!



The date of birth of the founder of Taekwon-Do, Choi, Hong-Hi is approaching.  November 9th, make a difference!  Show the would that you are TaekwonDo!  Hold the sign, or make your own declaring ” I am TaekwonDo” and then give to your local community in any fashion, monetarily or with your time!  Spread peace and good will with your actions, not your by words only!  Help others in the name of “Taekwon-Do”

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Tell us what you think!  helpEmail us and tell us what you think, what you would like to see, email with your students profiles, achievements, your schools, instructors etc.  We will be happy to promote your events, testings etc.  If you have an article you wrote, let us know, we will be happy to post it!

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WTF Taekwondo Demo Team will perform at the UN Headquarters

The World Taekwondo Federation said today (Sunday) the will perform at the UN Monday.

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Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has revealed details of the pilot project for its Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, which aims to deliver the sport and education programmes to refugee camps around the world.

Scheduled to begin on January 1, 2016, the 12-month project in Jordan is split into six phases, with each phase being conducted across two-month periods.

Participants aged from as young as six-years-old will undertake theoretical and practical classes in each of the six phases, at the end of which they will be tested in both elements.

Studying English literature, including taekwondo terminology, history and concepts, provides the basis for the theoretical classes, while the practical sessions will focus on the taekwondo disciplines of poomsae and kyorugi.

The initiative comes in response to the migrant crisis, with figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), putting the number of refugees worldwide at almost 20 million, and the number of forcibly displaced people at nearly 60 million.

“It is time to act,” said Choue, who is here for day one of the WTF Grand Prix Series 2.

“The World Taekwondo Federation, which administers the Olympic sport globally, is doing just that.

“We are establishing the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation this year in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Its mandate is to deploy taekwondo coaches to refugee camps worldwide, bringing the benefits of fitness, sport, self-defence, self-belief and self-respect to those who need it most.

“Taekwondo is an economical, easily deployed deliverable that can help raise the quality of life for refugees in camps worldwide, both children and adults.

“As an International Federation of the International Olympic Committee, the WTF is fulfilling its social responsibility.

“And our sport has precedents for helping people overcome adversity.”

World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue developed the idea for the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation after a conversation with a Jordanian Taekwondo Association officialChoue, 67, who is in his fourth term now as WTF President having taken up the post in 2004, already has one successful sports humanitarian intervention to his credit in the shape of the Taekwondo Peace Corps (TPC) project, active since 2008.

TPC was set up in 2008 to help spread Korean culture through taekwondo, a sport that is closely associated with the country and is embedded in society there.

“It’s very satisfying to spread our sport to the world and the young kids are really happy to be receiving the Taekwondo Peace Corps teams,” he told insidethegames.

“Through that programme, the young kids are finding their hopes and dreams through the Olympic sport of taekwondo.”

Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that an emergency fund of $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.8 million) will be made available to National Olympic Committees to fund programmes aimed at helping refugees.

Thomas Bach, IOC President, said the decision to set up the fund was taken quickly in response to the growing crisis which has seen refugees attempt to reach Europe in search of safety.


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Song Moo Kwan 송무관-松武館 & Why its more important then you think!

Coming soon will be a history of Song Moo Kwan (松武館-송무관) and really the history of the Korean Kicking and Punching arts from 1944 on.  It was very influential in the formation of the Korean Kwans (Chung Do Kwan 청도관-靑濤館, Moo Duk Kwan 무덕관-武德館, Chang Moo Kwan 창무관-彰武館) etc……learn directly from the founder and the current leader(s) of the Song Moo Kwan!

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Wall art for your home, school or office!  Hangul (Korean) and Hanja (Kanji/Chinese) related to your Korean martial art school, style or even organization.  There will be no more then 27 of any one design.  Each design will be hand made, inked and individually numbered by the up and coming calligrapher BongHwang 봉황.

Depending on what is being made most calligraphy will be on single set of the same material, below we see “HwaRang” in both Hangul and Hanga.  The first series will play a role in promoting the patterns of the Chang Hon system by providing high quality, one of a kind art work for your Dojang, home or office.  You will be able to pick and choose one or all the 25 patterns of the modern era of Taekwondo-Do!  But remember, not many will be made of each, so once they come up you will want to be quick!


HwaRang in Hanja



HwaRang in Hangul

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d7f952e4236afc03a202fc64913dc353_XLSEOUL, Korea (August 19, 2015) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was made an honorary 10th Dan black belt in the martial art of taekwondo today, during a visit to the headquarters of the sport’s world governing body.

The IOC chief was personally awarded the belt by World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue.

“Thank you very much for the honor of the 10th Dan black belt,” Bach said – adding with a joke, “After I was informed of it, I started practicing!”
“There have only been three people in the world awarded the 10thDan,” Choue explained. “Former IOC Presidents Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge well as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.”

Attired in a taekwondo uniform, Bach then smashed a board with a punch before the awarding ceremony.

The IOC president had been greeted at the entrance to the WTF headquarters – opposite the West Gate of Seoul’s medieval Gyeongbok Palace – by uniformed members of the WTF Demonstration Team.

He then held a round-table discussion between himself, Choue and officials including IOC Member and Chair of the IOC Coordination Committee for PyeongChang Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Protocol Chief Ms.  Marina Baramia, IOC Director General  Christophe De Kepper as well as WTF Secretary General Hoss Rafaty, WTF Council Member and Russian Taekwondo Union President Anatoly Terekhov and Korean Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong.

During the meeting, taekwondo’s preparations for the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the spread of taekwondo worldwide and an upcoming initiative by the WTF, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, which will teach taekwondo at refugee camps, were all discussed.

Bach was particularly interested in the status of female and Muslim athletes in the sport.  In the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1, which had concluded in Moscow just three days ago, two Muslim female athletes – Turkey’s Nafia Kus and Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin– had won gold medals.

The IOC president and his delegation were on a two-day visit to Korea. Before their courtesy call to the WTF headquarters,  they had met Korean President Park Geun-hye at the nearby presidential residence, the Blue House, to discuss progress on the upcoming 2018 PyeongyChang Winter Olympics.

ORGINAILLY PUBLISHED BY World Taekwondo Federation

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Kukkiwon Dan Test USA


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What is your art?

You can choose more then one art….

What is your base and secondary martial arts, if not listed please let us know and we will add it!


Answer Votes Vote Count/Percentage
Taekwon-Do (Chang Hon, ITF)
19 Votes(54%)
Tae Kwon Do (ATA, WTA, otherwise non-affiliated)
2 Votes(5%)
Taekwondo (WTF, Kukkiwon)
3 Votes(8%)
2 Votes(5%)
Shototkan Karate
1 Votes(2%)
American Kenpo Karate
1 Votes(2%)
2 Votes(5%)
1 Votes(2%)
0 Votes(0%)
Muy Thai
0 Votes(0%)
Goju Ryu Karate
1 Votes(2%)
Kuk Sool Won
1 Votes(2%)
Tang Soo Do (all branches)
1 Votes(2%)
1 Votes(2%)

Total Votes: 35


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Absent political considerations there should be no valid reason to exclude Gen. Choi from any Martial Art Hall Of Fame. While his many accomplishments speak for themselves, many do not realize that some of what he did was unprecedented & at times unmatched in the TKD world. However because at various points in his life some of his personal political views concerning his unfairly divided homeland of Korea & certain governmental leaders back home resulted in some negativity that has unfortunately tainted his TKD record.

While Gen. Choi’s personal politics & views are his own, many feel that it should not impact what he did for TKD & how his work continues to influence millions globally in a very positive way. As a result you, as a TKD person, should take the time out to send an email to the new Taekwondowon in MuJu, South Korea respectfully requesting that Gen. Choi receive the highest honor possible for his international impact on TKD. We know 1 thing for sure, without Gen. Choi there would be no TKD. He of course named it. Now there still may have been another Korean Martial Sport that made it into the Olympics, but it would not have been TKD. So every single student of TKD, no matter his or her age, rank or location on this planet, owes some small debt of gratitude to Gen. Choi. PLEASE take a brief moment of your time to send an email to:

It is the least we can do & if not Gen. Choi, then really, who does deserve this honor?

You are not limited with your nominations. You can feel free to nominate anyone you feel is worthy. However if we don’t succeed in getting Gen. Choi honored, it probably will not be possible initially to have any of his followers acknowledged. Also please understand the Taekwondowon put out requests on their Korean language Facebook Page & website. They have also sent a request to the WTF for nominations. So if you don’t nominate Gen. Choi who will? There is no apparent visible outreach to the ITF side. Please do not allow politics to continue to get disrupt the martial art way of TKD’s “DO”! The Taekwondowon needs to here from all of us, as they are on record saying their new TKD Park is for all. So lets please give them the opportunity to demonstrate that wonderful posture with fair & just action by honoring the man who started it all.
Thank you


Doug Nowling, Director General
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Black Belts Win!

imageTwo Kido Kwan black belts competed April 26, 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas U.S.A.

Eddie (left) 3rd place breaking, 2nd place Patterns(Choong Moo), 2nd place Weapons (Bo Staff)
Alan (right) 3rd place breaking (Me and Eddie tied), 2nd place sparring, 1st place Patterns (Po Eun !!! ), 1st place Weapons (Bo Staff).


These two black belts are direct students of Master (senior) Gwen F. Hall, VIII Dan (center) who helped judge in the tournament hosted by WarCats by Reymundo Gonzales, VII Dan.

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Survey Update

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AS OF 14/ July/2015 

4098 VOTES

President Choi, Jung-Hwa aka ITF-C HQ Middlesex United Kingdom  24%

President Chang Ung aka ITF-NK HQ Vienna, Austria                            28%

President Pablo Trajtenberg aka ITF-V HQ Beindorn, Spain                  19%

Secretary General Oh Chang Jin aka ITF-K HQ Seoul South Korea       9%

GM Hwang, Kwang-sung aka UITF Manchester , CT USA                       11%

GM Rhee, Ki-ha aka FGMR                                                                            04%

GM Phap Lu aka Chan Hon Ryu                                                                    01%

Choi at Press Conference

Choi, Jung-hwa

Chang, Ung

Chang, Ung


Pablo Trajtenberg

Pablo Trajtenberg

 Oh Chang Jin

Oh Chang Jin


Hwang Kwang-sung

Hwang Kwang-sung


Rhee, Ki-ha

Rhee, Ki-ha

Phap Lu

Phap Lu



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Taekwon-Do, Taekwondo, Tae Kwon Do, TaeKwon Do, A study of Words

Lots and lots of things have been said about “what is Taekwon-Do” and how to “spell Taekwon-Do”, Taekwondo, taekwondo, Taekwon do, Tae Kwon Do, TaeKwonDo etc.  Of course, going strictly by the way it is written in Taekwon-Do’s country of origin, well, it is just 태권도.  It has no space, no capitals and no hyphens.  Of course, the same is true when we look at the Hanja (Chinese/Japanese) way to write Taekwon-Do 跆拳道.

So, why do we have so many ways of writing this rather simple three syllable word?  Well, we could start with the etymology of this word.  Taekwon-Do is not a native Korean term!  It is a word of Chinese origin that has as many words in many tongues almost exclusively adopted by Korea.  The word also has or parts of the word also have strong Japanese ties.  As most know, Korea was a nation state of the Japanese Empire for some time.  So it isn’t unreasonable to see that terms of Japanese origin would sneak into the Korean vocabulary.  But before we head into the etymology of Taekwon-Do, let’s see what other authors, masters, grandmasters of Taekwon-Do say….

As to why the I.T.F. and the Kido Kwan uses the spelling of  “Taekwon-Do” well, simple put, General Choi when as personally by me, said the spelling in English should be “Taekwon-Do” with the emphasis on the – as “Taekwon” is the art, and greeting, and “Do” is the philosophy.

Choi, Hong-hi stated in his book TAEKWON-DO THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE copyright: 1965 that “Translated from Korean, “Tae” (t’ae) literally means to jump or kick or smash with the foot.  “Kwon” denotes a fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.  “Do” means an art, or way or method.  Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the punches, flying kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with the hands, arms and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent (Choi 14).

In the fourth edition of Choi, Hong-hi’s book TAEKWON-DO (The Korean Art of Self-Defence) copyright: 1995 and more commonly referred to as the “condensed encyclopedia” he states: “Translated literally “Tae” stands for jumping of flying, to kick with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist.  “Do” means an art or way-the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past.  Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destructions of the moving opponent or opponents” (Choi 15).

Cho, Shi-hak also known as Henry Cho in his 1968 book KOREAN KARATE Free Fighting Techniques states that “Tae-kwon is the Korean word for karate recently adopted by the Korean Tae-Kwon do Federation. Tae-kwon do (tae meaning foot; kwon, fist; and do, martial art) is identical to Japanese karate, and the title is a literal description of an art consisting of foot and hand techniques.” (Cho 21)

Chun, Rhin-moon also known as Richard Chun in his 1976 book TAE KWON DO The Korean Martial Art stated that “Tae Kwon Do, “The Art of Kicking and Punching,” incorporates the abrupt, linear movements of Karate and the flowing, circular patterns of Kung Fu with its own incomparable kicking techniques to form an integrated system unique to Korea. (Chun 7, 8)

Son, Duk-sun & Robert Clark in their book KOREAN KARATE THE ART OF TAE KWON DO copyright 1968 says “Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art.”  And “Tae Kwon Do is essentially discipline: discipline of the mind, the body, and the spirit.” (Son 1, 5)

Jimmy M.S. Too in his book THE TECHNIQUES OF TAEKWON-DO A Modern International Martial Art simply states “Taekwon-do is an effective and superior form of martial art.  It employs hand and foot techniques for self defense.” (Too 28)

B.S. Huan in his book TAEKWON-DO says “TaeKwon-Do is the Korean martial art that was perfected by the Korean TaeKwon-Do movement in 1955 to supersede ancient Korean fighting arts.  And “Tae” means to jump or kick or smash with the feet” “Kwon means to block, punch, and strike with the hand or fist. And “Do” means “An art”. (Huan 17)

Clearly, we also have different ways of defining exactly what Taekwon-Do is as well.


Choi, Hong-hi “Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self Defense” Daeha Publication: Seoul, Korea. 1965

Choi, Hong-hi “Taekwon-Do: The Korean Art of Self Defense” International Taekwon-Do Federation: Printed in New Zealand. 1995

Cho, Shihak Henry “KOREAN KARATE Free Fighting Techniques” Charles E. Tuttle Company: Publishers Copyright 1968

Chun, RhinMoon Richard “TAE KWON DO The Korean Martial Art” Harper & Row Publishers, Copyright 1976

Son, Duk-sun & Robert Clark “KOREAN KARATE THE ART OF TAE KWON DO” Prentice Hall Press, Copyright 1968

Jimmy M.S. Too “The Techniques of Taekwon-Do” Bushido Publishers, Singapore, Copyright November 1975

B.S. Huan “TAEKWON-DO” Russ International Publishers Singapore, Copyright 1975

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GM Benny Rivera passes

It is with great sadness to inform that Grandmaster Benny S. Rivera “Father of Taekwon-do in Puerto Rico” has passed away suffering from heart attack. Our sincere condolences go to GM Rivera’s family and students. May his soul rest in perfect peace!

About His Taekwon-Do Life

Puerto Rico counts on one of the biggest martial advocates of the art in the world. At the moment he possesses the rank of eighth Dan and is the first Latin American in obtaining this rank.

Furthermore he is one of the figure heads in the development of the art of Taekwon-Do at world level. Master Rivera began his studies of Taekwon-Do in 1969 with his instructor G.M. Kong Young Il obtaining the rank of first Dan. In 1975 he returned to Puerto Rico where he started a school for the first time. Master Benny Rivera is physically active in the education of Taekwon-Do and continues the legacy of Taekwon- Do. In the course of time Master Rivera is obtaining great recognition with the number of events, national and international. Managing to spread his knowledge through all the islands by means of its instructors.

In 1978 Masters Rivera obtained a gold medal in the world Championship celebrated in Oklahoma City. Through the representation of Masters Rivera, Puerto Rico has been awarded the best instructor of Taekwon-Do by the founder General Choi Hong Hi. In 1987 Master Rivera was inducted to the Hall of the Fame next to Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee, on April 6 of 2007 he was nominated once again to the Hall of Fame of Taekwon-Do along with some of the great pioneers in the history of the art. At the moment he is the President of the Pan-American council of Taekwon-Do and Chairman of the committee “elite pro fight” of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

Doug Nowling, Director General
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Passing of Nam, Taej-hi

It’s with deep regret that we notify you that Grandmaster Nam, Tae-Hi (March 19, 1923- November 7, 2013) has passed away in a hospital near his home in Garden Grove, CA. USA. More to follow soon!

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