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USA Federation Member Patchquality_control_certified_1005x1008Activity at every licensed Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school in the USA is overseen by at least one Internationally Certified Instructor who assures the quality of the training experience and the authenticity of the Moo Duk Kwan® philosophy and Soo Bahk Do® skills being taught to students who are enrolled there.

Moo Duk Kwan® certified Instructors have completed an extremely rigorous and demanding training regimen and passed strenuous examinations in order to earn their instructor credentials.

You can be sure that every Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor will provide every student with an authentic training experience that only a Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor can provide.

How can you know if you are training in a real Moo Duk Kwan® certified martial art school?

Ask a few questions, inspect a few credentials and use your common sense.

Master Eugene Perceval on the left sparring Vincent Nunno on the right, at the West Village Karate Club, in NYC, 1964-65

Vincent J. Nunno, Dan Bon 7291

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The World Moo Duk Kwan Proudly Remembers…

Dr. Vincent J. Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, Sam Dan.

—– Original Message —– Posted on the USSBDMDK® Wiki
From: Dr. Anne Jacobson Nunno  : doctorajn@hotmail.com
To: headquarters@soobahkdo.com
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 11:14 AM
Subject: RE: Soo Bahk Do Member Update 2009-06-28

Dear directors,

It is with great sadness I tell you the news of Dr.Vincent J. Nunno’s passing–he held a third degree Black Belt and was starting work on the 4th. He was an active member of your organization up to the time of his illness and took much pride in the organization and all it taught him.

He became a Moo Duk Kwan teacher in New York in the 70′s, teaching children and adults, and even taught his own father!

He instilled a love of the martial arts in our son.

I hope the conference is excellent–I knew we would have been there.

Kind regards,

Anne J. Nunno and family

From: ROBERTO BONEFONT    [ Jul 07, 2009  ]

Dear Dr. Anne Jacobson Nunno,

The news of Dr. Nunno’s passing is indeed a sad occasion for many of us.  Many in our organization are not aware of the impact he played in developing the Moo Duk Kwan® in New York City and in New York State. As a former student of Dr. Nunno, I remember his tough workouts and his wise instructional guidance.  As a former member of the Five Towns Karate Center in Lawrence, New York, I was privileged to have tested and trained under his guidance in 1968 – 1971.  I made Cho Dan under his guidance as well as under the guidance of Dr. Robert Sohn and Mr. Michael Masley (my original instructor).  We (former members of the NY Moo Duk Kwan and Five Towns Karate Center) have been gathering stories of those early days of training in Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) Moo Duk Kwan® and there is a current plan to publish a small history of those times.  The current owner of Five Towns Karate, Master Dan Segarra has organized and contacted many of our former members, and it is unfortunate that we did not get to contact Dr. Nunno sooner.   I would love to include Dr. Nunno’s legacy as part of that history.  If you read this small memorial, please contact me directly at rob29085@optonline.net so you can share any stories he may have shared with you of those early pioneer years that influenced so many of us.

Our sincere condolences, we have lost a well respected pioneer of martial arts and he will be missed.

Respectfully submitted,

Roberto Bonefont, Sr. (Former member of the Five Towns Karate Center)

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The communication above serves only to remember the great contributions of a wonderful Martial Artist who lived the Moo Duk Kwan® philosophy and taught the art of Soo Bahk Do® .  He along with Dr. Robert Sohn, Master Eugene Perceval, Dan Bon 7954 and Master Ed Gross, Dan Bon 6780 were the appointment officers for the New York Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do)® Association, by the Founder and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee in 1967, see the historical document below.  This document is courtesy of Master Eugene Perceval, Dan Bon 7954, who was the secretary of the NYMDKTSD Association in the 60′s.  He kept most of the testing documents and material from those early years, and we thank him for that.  And credit must be given to Dan Segarra, Owner and President of the Warrior-Scholar Academy who published the documents and provided me with copies. Thank you.

It is interesting to note, that there was some correspondence from the Founder/Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee in the 60′s disagreeing with an article published by Black Belt Magazine that the Moo Duk Kwan had united with the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association and was considered one organization.  The Kwan Jang Nim wrote a letter to all Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan members stating that the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan had never united with the Tae Kwon Do Association and that the report was false in nature and content.   Below is a copy of that correspondence.  I believe Korean version and its translated version.

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Black-Ribbon3 8-4-2013 12-52-25 AMAbove Nikolaos Zouraris, Dan Bon 21539 Sa Bom Nim honored by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang, in Seoul, South Korea during the 60th Anniversary of the Moo Duk Kwan® in 2005, for his outstanding contributions to the Hellas Moo Duk Kwan® (Greece).

On the far left above is Nikolaos Zouraris, Sa Bom Nim.  A link on Facebook said it best about Zouraris Sa Bom Nim:

Greece has lost a leader!  

The president of the Greek T.A.C. and representative of Greece Master Nikos Zouraris has left us! 

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Hundreds of people, instructors, students, parents, friends, have escorted him to his last home! After surviving a heart attack a few of years ago, unfortunately this time his heart stopped at his 51 years of age. 

Farewell Great Master, we will always remember you!

I have the personal pleasure of meeting Zouraris Sa Bom Nim in Korea during the 60th Anniversary, and he was a great spirit, I remember him arm and arm with Bonsignore Sa bom Nim dancing with his Moo Do brothers and sisters, he will be greatly missed.

Thank you to Angelos Pitsikalas SBN for posting the Tribute below:

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Roberto Bonefont (5 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues)  Recertified as a dan member in 1990, and issued Dan Bon 29085. Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued my original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on my petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn and Mr. Vincent Nunno were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.


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Robert C. Sohn, Dan Bon 6037

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THE WORLD MOO DUK KWAN® PROUDLY REMEMBERS….

As one of my original instructors, it is only fitting that this memorial honor one of the New York Pioneers of Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Moo Duk Kwan.

2012-01-27 20.45.16On the left, a photo of Mr. Robert C. Sohn, Dan Bon #6037, Founder of Five Towns Karate Center, Lawrence, New York.  This dojang once held the distinction of being one of the oldest Moo Duk Kwan Dojangs in New York City.

Mr. Sohn was in the mid sixties an executive official of the New York Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, a member of the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association in Korea.  Mr. Sohn achieved his Sam Dan from Master Ahn, Kyung Won, from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Sohn went on to be an accomplished T’ai Chi Master and sold his interest in the dojang to Mr. Michael Masley, Jr., a Sam Dan student of Mr. Sohn.

Mr. Masley would eventually sell his dojang to Daniel Bannard Sa Bom Nim and Daniel Segarra Sa bom Nim. The present studio near the original location is now owned and operated by Daniel Segarra, Sa Bom Nim, and is now called Warrior-Scholar Academies.

dr r sohn and tina sohnMr. Sohn and his late wife, Tina Sohn became well known authors and he became Founder and Chairman of The New Center College and The Wholistic Health Center in Syosset, L.I.  AMMA Therapy® was founded and developed by Tina Sohn, co-founder of The Wholistic Health Center. Tina Sohn was born into one of the “800 Families” which constitute the traditional ruling classes of Korea.

mediative dr sohnMy memories of the training sessions at Five Towns as a young Cho Dan forever left an unsatisified hunger to learn Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, and I shall never forget those hard Sunday morning workouts, I truly miss them.  I can only humbly thank those who pointed me in the right direction and Mr. Sohn was one of them.  Thank you, Sa Bom Nim.

dr r sohnThis is how I will remember Mr. Sohn.   May you… Rest In Peace.

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Photo courtesy of Dan Segarra, Used with Permission.

SOO BAHK!

Respectfully Submitted in Memory of Robert C. Sohn

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Roberto Bonefont (5 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues)  Recertified as a dan member in 1990, and issued Dan Bon 29085. Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued my original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on my petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn and Mr. Vincent Nunno were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.


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John T. Butterwick, Dan Bon 2227

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The photo above is a photo of LtCol Butterwick, that was signed and sent to the Founder, Hwang Kee in appreciation of his instruction in 1960.  Col. John T. Butterwick, Dan Bon 2227.

THE WORLD MOO DUK KWAN® PROUDLY REMEMBERS….

JOHN T. BUTTERWICK, Colonel, USAF Retired.

In the photo below, then Lt.Col John T Butterwick of Kewanee Illinois an Air Force officer assigned to the United Nations command in Korea, attempts to kick his instructor.  Sang Kyu Shim (Dan Bon 180) was his instructor.  Lt Col Butterwick also signed the photo to show appreciation to the Kwan Jang Nim Founder Hwang Kee, also signed by his instructor Sang Kyu Shim (Dan Bon 180) on 11 May 1960.  It should be noted that Sang Kyu Shim Sa bom Nim was the first delegate sent by the Founder Hwang Kee to the United States in 1960.

Col. John T. Butterwick, upon his death Jan. 24, 2007 was 96 years old.  He was born in 1911.

Butterwick was the son of Garnett Butterwick, who ran a hardware store for many years in the building now owned by the Kewanee Historical Society.

John Butterwick had a colorful career in the Army Air Corps in World War II, enlisting in 1941, and being discharged in 1946, and later in the Air Force, the new military branch, attaining the rank of colonel.   He was later assigned to the General Secretary’s Office at the United Nations where he served as an intelligence analyst.  Colonel Butterwick operated as a stock broker in Miami after he left the military service.

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Above photos Courtesy of H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim’s Historical Photo Collection.©
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Photo Courtesy of Historic Images, 1960 Press Photo.

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The above photos are from the Kwan Jang Nim’s Photo Collection, in the photo above on the bottom, you can see Chuck “Carlos” Norris in the picture, standing row, 2nd from the right.   Standing to his left is S.K. Shim, Sa bom Nim (Dan Bon 180).  Col. Butterwick is sitting in the center in the photo above it, and standing next to the Air Force Officer in uniform in the picture below.  These are early photos of the Moo Duk Kwan established in California in the early 60′s at a northern California U.S. Air Force Base.

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Roberto Bonefont (5 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues)  Recertified as a dan member in 1990, and issued Dan Bon 29085. Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued my original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on my petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn and Mr. Vincent Nunno were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.


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Lois Roccato, Dan Bon 20570

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THE WORLD MOO DUK KWAN® PROUDLY REMEMBERS….

Lois Roccato Sa Bom Dan Bon 20570

Sorry to report that we lost another true martial artist and good friend. Sa Bom Nim Lois Roccatto has passed away.
I first met her at my orange belt test as she was giving the commands. We had just finished our hyungs and she walked up to me and said to me and my friend Ben are you guys chewing gum. Well my heart stopped as she was very intimidating and I said with a shaky voice yes m’am then I heard Ben take a big swallow and I knew I was sunk. She stood there with her hand out and I removed the gum from my mouth and placed it in her waiting hand. From then on we were friends.
We trained together and she even visited my school when she was in town. SBN was a senior student of SBN Margitich from Carbondale PA. where a lot of Great martial artists had their roots.
These photo’s are from 1994 when she invited me to a clinic – Dan Test at her school in Oswego NY I believe, and Kwang Jang Nim was there. R.I.P. SBN and Say TANG SOO to SBN WALSH from all of us.

Thank You SBN Phillips for letting me know of her passing.

Photos used with permission.

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Roberto Bonefont (6 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A. and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. My original instructor was Mr. Michael Masley, Dan Bon 10181, Sam Dan (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues. Recertified as a dan member in 1990, now a certified 4th dan under the Moo Duk Kwan, dan bon 29085. In July of 2012, after petitioning the Kwan Jang Nim for my original Dan Bon, I received my original Dan Bon 13927 based on my June 1969 testing date, after verifying the legitimate connection of my original instructor as a Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan instructor.


Dave Beiermann, Sa Bom, Dan Bon 19442

Dave Beiermann, Dan Bon 19442

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 THE WORLD MOO DUK KWAN®  PROUDLY REMEMBERS…

We mourn the loss of another Senior Ko Dan Ja member, Dave Beiermann, Dan Bon 19442.

Today we say goodbye to a great man! Sa Bom Nim Beiermann was a leader in so many ways, and to so many. His passion for teaching in school and studio will always be remembered by those who’s lives he touched. It was an honor to stand with you in line, and more important an honor to have you as a friend. You laugh will always be there in my head, and those “Special teeth” you used to make others smile and laugh, should be bronzed! :), Thank you for always being there for me and sharing the journey with my self and students. I know many of my seniors were greatly moved by your true example of Moo Do. Your real nature of being a great human being is all we can ask of others, and you set a great standard. I wish I could be there with you. But know my spirit is better because of you! God bless my brother and “ride on”!!!! Steven Lemner

 

Photos used with permission.

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Roberto Bonefont (6 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A. and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. My original instructor was Mr. Michael Masley, Dan Bon 10181, Sam Dan (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues. Recertified as a dan member in 1990, now a certified 4th dan under the Moo Duk Kwan, dan bon 29085. In July of 2012, after petitioning the Kwan Jang Nim for my original Dan Bon, I received my original Dan Bon 13927 based on my June 1969 testing date, after verifying the legitimate connection of my original instructor as a Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan instructor.


Bill Milberger

Bill Milberger Dan Bon 27713

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Tribute To Bill Milberger Dan Bon 27713

05-28-1965 – 02-12-2013

We mourn the loss of Bill Milberger Sa bom Nim, a respected Teacher and Model, father, husband, son and friend.  Our sincere condolences to the Milberger family and to his students in Moo Duk Kwan®.  This short video tribute is done in his memory and as our thanks for his contributions to the Moo Duk Kwan®.

On Facebook

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Roberto Bonefont (6 Posts)

Began training at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A. and tested for Cho Dan in June 1969. My original instructor was Mr. Michael Masley, Dan Bon 10181, Sam Dan (Never received dan bon from Korea due to political issues. Recertified as a dan member in 1990, now a certified 4th dan under the Moo Duk Kwan, dan bon 29085. In July of 2012, after petitioning the Kwan Jang Nim for my original Dan Bon, I received my original Dan Bon 13927 based on my June 1969 testing date, after verifying the legitimate connection of my original instructor as a Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan instructor.


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Terry Updike, Dan Bon 18480

Black-Ribbon3Terry Updike, Dan Bon 18480 was an original student of one of our famous Alumni, Chuck Norris, Sa Bom Nim, Dan Bon 2819.

Updike Sa Bom Nim was a student at the Torrance dojang in California. 

Updike Sa Bom Nim is well known for his fantastic jump kicks and precision kicking and humble personality. 

Dedicated to his martial arts career, he was very supportive of our Federation activities and was an active member of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do®Moo Duk Kwan®Federation.

We honor and pay tribute to his legacy.

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H.C. Hwang (57 Posts)

H.C. Hwang is the only legitimate successor (Kwan Jang Nim) appointed by Moo Duk Kwan Founder Hwang Kee. As President of the World Moo Duk Kwan he works to preserve the Moo Duk Kwan school's legacy, philosophy, Moo Do values, technical excellence, and continues the evolution and development of the Soo Bahk Do martial art system. Connect with him via the websites and social network links below.


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H.C. Hwang (57 Posts)

H.C. Hwang is the only legitimate successor (Kwan Jang Nim) appointed by Moo Duk Kwan Founder Hwang Kee. As President of the World Moo Duk Kwan he works to preserve the Moo Duk Kwan school's legacy, philosophy, Moo Do values, technical excellence, and continues the evolution and development of the Soo Bahk Do martial art system. Connect with him via the websites and social network links below.


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H.C. Hwang (57 Posts)

H.C. Hwang is the only legitimate successor (Kwan Jang Nim) appointed by Moo Duk Kwan Founder Hwang Kee. As President of the World Moo Duk Kwan he works to preserve the Moo Duk Kwan school's legacy, philosophy, Moo Do values, technical excellence, and continues the evolution and development of the Soo Bahk Do martial art system. Connect with him via the websites and social network links below.