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Long legal battle for Choi Jung Hwa ITF in Kazakhstan concluded

Recently in the Republic of Kazakhstan a court case has been resolved in regards to the legitimate use of logos and trademarks and the portrayal of services that may be confused with another traders name as relates to the ITF in that country.

It was claimed by the head of regional public organization “Kazakhstan National Federation of Traditional Taekwon-Do ITF (KNFTT)” Mr Abenov E.Zh (a member of GM Choi Jung Hwa’s organisation) that it was the official representative and member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation in Kazakhstan. It claimed this on the basis of a certificate of membership from the Headquarters of the ITF in Korea, which in turn holds its legitimacy on the basis of a certificate of registration of a trademark allegedly registered in the register of the Office of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Korea. It further asserted its rights on the basis of a letter from Master Trevor Nichols which stated that ‘the international federation of Taekwon-Do confirms that it officially recognizes the National federation of Taekwon-Do in Kazakhstan, the only organization with the right to represent the federation of Taekwon-Do in Kazakhstan; use the name and official logo of the International Taekwon-Do Federation ITF.

Abenov E Zh further claimed that since he was a member of the ITF since 1995 he is entitled to use the emblems etc. He further asserts that the emblem belongs to the International Taekwon-Do Federation since 1966 and has been used by almost all parties with consent of the federation including the Kazakhstan federation. In support of his claim says that “№01564 membership certificate confirms all the privileges of membership. Official recognition of the federation, including the right to use the emblem of the International Federation received 5 May 2013”.

In court however, the representative of the Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF central Asian Continent (KAT), Valitov NE, explained that KAT has the exclusive copyright to trademarks in the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2008. He explained that for others to legitimately use a trademark there must be appropriate permission given through the establishment of a licence agreement and its registration in the proper manner through the authorised body. The Kazakhstan National Federation of Traditional Taekwon-Do ITF violates the exclusive right of KAT to the trademark on the territory of Astana and Kazakhstan as a whole. This organization provides services in Taekwondo ITF, using the activity of their trademarks.

In support of the position of the KAT the president of the organisation provided the court with documents that demonstrate that trademarks are only valid in the country in which they are registered. Further, after requesting information from ITF HQ Korea he received letters from the Secretary General of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, Headquarters Korea that stated that they believed the certificate of registration provided as evidence by KNFTT was likely copied from their website and that they had only individual members and no groups registered in Kazakhstan.

Unauthorized and incomplete copy of Group Registration Certificate form ITF HQ Korea

Unauthorized and incomplete copy of Group Registration Certificate form ITF HQ Korea

It was pointed out that if the certificate were genuine it would show the group name, correct expiration date and the signature of the Secretary General. It had none of these features. It was concerning that another Taekwon-Do ITF organisation would “tamper” with the documents in order to gain some advantage.
Certificate of registration (Owner of the service mark right): Doctored copy of registration certificate

Certificate of registration (Owner of the service mark right): Doctored copy of registration certificate

In the other document regarding the registration of the trademark lodged with the register of the Office of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Korea, the Secretary General of ITF HQ Korea says that although this is their document the dates have been altered, and it has been provided by the ITF HQ based in the UK which has no current relationship with ITF HQ Korea. This document was provided without the knowledge of ITF HQ Korea and illegally.

A leading expert in intellectual property rights from the department of justice explained that the KNFTT had no right to use the trademark since it is registered for the public association “Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF central Asian Continent”. Indeed the registration of trademarks are only valid in the countries in which they are registered and as such the Korean registration has no standing in Kazakhstan and only the KAT (as the registration holder) may give permission for it to be used. Conversely this is also the case for ITF HQ Korea which entirely and legitimately holds the rights for the use of these logos and trademarks in South Korea.

The verdict:
After hearing the evidence from both parties the decision of the case was that the arguments of Representative and the Head of the KNFTT are found untenable and cannot be accepted into account, since their arguments are refuted by the protocol as an administrative offence on inspection of the evidence. The organisation was attempting to avoid responsibility provided by the existing regulation since the documents provided do not authorise the use of the trademark in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as the trademark is registered in the public register (No. 28172, No. 38344) for the KAT who has exclusive right to use the trademark.
Based on the foregoing that the NGO “Kazakhstan National Federation of Traditional Taekwon-Do ITF” illegally used a trademark registered for the public association “Federation of Taekwon-Do ITF Central Asian Continent”.

The Kazakhstan National Federation of Traditional Taekwon-Do was found to be in violation of Article 158 of the Republic of Kazakhstan Code of administrative violations and subject to penalty in the form of an administrative fine in the amount of 40 (forty) monthly calculation indices in the amount of 84,840 (eighty-four thousand eight hundred forty) tenge in state revenue, with confiscation of goods containing illegal reproduction of the trademark, banners, stored under the trust receipt by Abenova E.Zh.

During the hearing, the representatives of Abenov provided tampered documents to the judge from the office of TKD in Korea and from the son of General Choi. I sent a formal request during the trial, to son of Choi and the office of ITF HQ in Korea. I am very grateful to ITF HQ in Korea for their professionalism and the decency of the President and Secretary General. I got an answer in quick time outlining the full legal truth of the documents. The son of General Choi ignored my letter.
The information provided by ITF HQ Korea helped to make the decision in our favor. We have a lot of cases to identify violators of our exclusive rights to trademark of Taekwondo. We carry an active fight and prosecute the Republic of Kazakhstan laws. The legal system of our state is strong and true. The laws are on our side and it always pleases us. Many young instructors were educated and convinced by the lies and misinformation about the legal side of the case. We have proved our case Trademark – it is the individualization of its quality and name.

Pavez Mamedov
Until 4 years ago Master Pavez Mamedov was a member of the ITF under GM Tran.
At the age of 44 he has spent many years practicing Judo and 25 years in the ITF. He is a winner of many national and international competitions in these sports. Master of Sports (8th dan) in judo, 7 dan by the ITF. He is a class A umpire. He continues to practice to this day. President of ITF Association. He is the head of a law firm and holds a Masters degree in Human Physiology, tourism, law, physical education and sport. post-graduate degree. He has been the author of many scientific articles.

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Taekwon-do exponents gain a place in the “Malaysian Book of Records” for board breaking

Malaysia celebrated her 2nd National Sport Day on the 8th October 2016.
It was an idea from the Minister of Youth to hold a day that the Nation could celebrate a healthy lifestyle through sport.

The day brings together all sport activities nationwide at their respective location thereby bringing the nation together to participate in the event.

At a National Level, it was held in Putrajaya, the Malaysian Administrative Capital, and was officiated by the Premier himself. ITFA (Malaysia), which is an affiliate member of ITF HQ Korea, was given the opportunity to represent TAEKWON-DO for the occasion.img-20161008-wa001-a

It was with great pride that ITFA(M) initiated and took on the historic task of putting ITFA (M) into the “Malaysian Book of Records” for the Largest Participation for a Board Breaking Demonstration that was “BLASTED OFF” (breaking of a board) by the Premier

As confident as ever, the Prime Minister of Malaysia took the FIRST STRIKE to thunderous applause and cheers from the over 50 thousand participants and crowd. Not to be outdone the Sport and Youth Minister also did his break which was then followed by the Minister of Federal Territories.coordinator2a

The TAEKWON-DO event stole the show with the Premier showing the way that lead to a thunderous breaking of boards amongst the participants following his lead. The National news that afternoon and later that evening caught the Prime Minister in action and it was on every Newspaper the next day.participant1a

In total more than 2016 people were recorded as participants in conjunction with the year, however, only 1600 pre-registered and so this number was officially recorded in the Malaysian Book of Records.

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General Choi recognition in Muju Taekwondowon – success or disappointment?

This Saturday the 3rd of September, a portrait of the late General Choi Hong Hi will be unveiled at a ceremony to recognize the “Greats in Taekwondo History” at the Taekwondowon in Muju. Finally it would appear that the effort and position of the founder of Taekwon-Do who designed the Art and put Taekwon-Do onto the World map has been recognized by South Koreans. However, one must ask the question whether it is a real success or a half-hearted acknowledgment?

Today a delegation from ITF HQ Korea that included President Master Oh Chang Jin, Secretary General Dr Zibby Kruk and the online reporter for Moosin magazine traveled to Muju to review the preparation for the ceremony and the recognition being given to General Choi. They conferred with Taekwondowon Secretary General Prof. Jung Heon Kim and discussed the preparation for the event.

Meeting between the Secretary General of Taekwondowon Prof. Jung Heon Kim and Secretary General of ITF HQ Korea Dr Zibby Kruk

Meeting between the Secretary General of Taekwondowon Prof. Jung Heon Kim and Secretary General of ITF HQ Korea Dr Zibby Kruk

It has been a long process in achieving the nomination of General Choi Hong Hi for a position in the “Greats in Taekwondo History” taking 3 meetings of the Nomination Committee to come to the final decision. The ceremony will be held on “Taekwondo Day” which is the anniversary of the decision to accept Taekwondo as an official sport in Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The actual celebration will be a quiet affair that has not been promoted widely and is only for members of the families of the nominees and invited guests. Later that evening there will be a demonstration of Taekwondo and will also include some cultural performances and a celebratory meal of Korean cuisine in the presence of members of the Ministry of Korean Culture, Sport and Tourism.
ITF HQ Korea President Mast. Oh Chang Jin and Secretary General Dr Zibby Kruk at the General Choi portrait at Taekwondowon

ITF HQ Korea President Mast. Oh Chang Jin and Secretary General Dr Zibby Kruk at the General Choi portrait at Taekwondowon

When the ITF HQ Korea delegation were presented to the portrait of General Choi they were distressed to see that there was no distinction between the founder, General Choi, and other contributors to the development of the Art, some of whom were his students. Not only was this a feature but also the description under his portrait merely stated the following:
• “Named Taekwondo in 1955
• Founded O Do Kwan and contributed to the vitalization of Taekwondo in the Korean military
• Worked as the president of the Korea Taesudo Association (current KTA) and established the International Taekwondo Federation, thereby contributing to the spread of Taekwondo around the world”

The President Oh Chang Jin said that the International Taekwon-Do Federation of Korea HQ feels embarrassed that the former I.T.F. President, General Choi Hong Hi, has only been attributed as the person who named Taekwon-Do but is not recognized as its founder. President Oh also emphasized that about 40 million members of the ITF all over the world will be disappointed with this minimal recognition. They have been following General Choi faithfully without doubt that he is the founder of Taekwon-Do. Master Oh stated that there is a vast amount of evidence showing that General Chi Hong Hi not only proposed the name of Taekwon-Do but he designed the 24 patterns which symbolize the philosophical 24 hours of human life. He also published the first encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do where all techniques and philosophy were presented and tirelessly promoted the art of Taekwon-Do throughout his life as well as Korean culture, history and made Korea synonymous with the word Taekwon-Do.

Description under General Choi Hong Hi portrait in Taekwondowon

Description under General Choi Hong Hi portrait in Taekwondowon

It is very sad then, that despite General Choi being recognized outside of his homeland as a great man and the founder of Taekwon-Do, neither of the Koreas have treated him with the respect he deserves. Indeed on his headstone in North Korea where only his style of Taekwon-Do is practiced he was only proclaimed as the president and not the founder.
Placement of Genera Choi Hong Hi portrait in Taekwondowon

Placement of Genera Choi Hong Hi portrait in Taekwondowon

Given this half-hearted recognition one may question the merit of this acknowledgment and indeed it may have been better had General Choi Hong Hi not be introduced at all rather than announcing him as the founder of O Do Kwan or the person who only named Taekwon-Do.

ITF HQ Korea will make representations to the South Korean Government to clarify the fact that the former President Choi Hong Hi is not being recognized as the founder of Taekwon-Do and is going to appeal to the Government through our membership.

Additionally, ITF HQ Korea already is advanced in a scheme to build a World Taekwon-Do Center that was prepared in 2005, and will open it to many international visitors and members for competitions, seminars, and international events. In this Center General Choi will be rightly recognized as the Founder of Taekwon-Do.

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False reports about ITF HQ Korea to be challenged

A media reporter, Mr. Kang was charged with spreading false information about the International Taekwon-do Federation (HQ Korea).

Three days ago, the president of the International Taekwon-do Federation (HQ Korea), Mr CJ Oh filed a complaint against the reporter, Mr. Kang, for publishing false information and spreading it through social media worldwide on the 8th of June at the Eastern branch of Seoul District Public Prosecutors’ Office. Mr CJ Oh is also consulting with the relevant authorities to institute legal proceedings against Mr. Kang for undermining the organisation by defaming the title of the International Taekwon-do Federation (HQ Korea) in false information on the Korean news.

According to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea), Mr. Kang published a main article titled as “The former Secretary-General (C.J. Oh) of Korea Branch of the International Taekwon-Do Federation forged Dan certificates and was fined.” and the subtitle of its news as “He swindled 600 people out of 160 million won by receiving fees for selling forged Dan certificates was revealed”. This was published in the society section of Sisa news around 4 PM on the declaration date of the court dispute between Mr. Choi and Mr CJ Oh. He also purposely published a second article on the 11th of June which is 3 days after the first article titled “’Our news-International Taekwon-Do Federation related news is spreading rapidly through SNS” explaining that the translation of the news by Ms Jasmine Choi who is part of the International Taekwon-Do Federation based out of England has been spread significantly around the world on Facebook.

SISA news published false information and spread it through social media worldwide

SISA news published false information and spread it through social media worldwide

The International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea) also claimed that the contents that were on the news are untrue and the claim that the one hundred sixty million won which was alleged to be have been embezzled since 2002 is preposterous. Mr CJ Oh never embezzled money and no such charge has ever been laid against him.

Ms Jasmine Choi, who translated and distributed the news in English is the daughter of Mr Choi Jung Hwa (who is the President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation based out of England). Mr Choi is the individual who is in dispute with Mr Cj Oh. The International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea) said that “it is the most vicious behavior that we have ever experienced” and is going to proceed with legal action against her through an international investigating agency as well.

False accusation - English version of the article published in ITF (England based) website

False accusation – English version of the article published in ITF (England based) website

Additionally, the Secretary General, Mr Trevor Nicholls, of the International Taekwon-Do Federation that operates out of England seemed complicit in this action and will also be part of a civil and criminal litigation after the requested investigation from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea).

Mr. Choi Jung Hwa who is involved in this false report is running the British website ( that is operated with his partner Mr Trevor Nichols from England under the same name of the International Taekwon-Do Federation of South Korea. They have constructed their website in a way that when searching “International Taekwondo Federation” using Korean portal search engines such as Naver, this site is shown as the official site in Korea. This site posted the false report on the main page of their website and made many Taekwon-Do practitioners from all around the world abhor Mr CJ Oh.

Moreover, the International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea) is going to take a legal action against Mr. Choi for violating the relevant laws in Korea on this matter and will file complaints against the people who purposely spread this false article on SNS such as Facebook, Daum and other social media sites.

The International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea) will release a statement in 4 different languages and is able to file complaints against Mr. Choi and his partners who consistently lied and falsely accused them regarding this issue. ITF HQ Korea argued that the contents of the three million won sentencing from the South Korean court is what they were waiting for and when compared to all the previous legal outcomes from the entire case that were instigated by Mr. Choi, Mr Choi and his partners are now punishable for their illegal behavior in bringing these false claims to court.

Based on the legal standing of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (HQ Korea) in Korea, this organization will invite other Taekwon-Do professionals from around the world to be part of this body and will spare Taekwon-Do practitioners from being subjected to the corrupt practices of other organisations.

Korean version of the Moosin article:
“국제태권도연맹” 허위사실 유포기사쓴 언론사 기자 강모씨 고소파문

13일 국제태권도연맹 (총재 오창진)은 총재의 이름으로 지난 8일 인터넷 뉴스 언론 시사뉴스 의 강모 기자를 허위사실을 기사화여 전세계에 파장을 일으켰다며 관련법 위반혐의로 서울 동부지검에 고소장을 제출하였다. 또한 국제태권도연맹의 명칭을 국내뉴스에 함부로 사용하며 허위 사실을 국제태권도연맹의 모습처럼보여 업무가 마비되었다며 이에 관련기관과 상의하여 법적 절차도 검토중이다.

국제태권도연맹에 따르면 지난 8일 연맹 총재 오창진과의 법정분쟁에 있는 최모씨 (토론토거주2008 간첩자수)와의 선고일 오후 4시경 갑자기 인터넷 언론사인 “시사뉴스” 사회면에

“단독” 국제태권도연맹 한국지부 前간부 단증위조 “벌금형” 이라는 기사와 부제목 “위조단증팔아 600여명으로부터 받은 수수료 등 1억6천여만원 편취사실드러나” 라는 부제목으로 메인화면에 띄었으며

그후 3일뒤 6월11일 고의적으로 두 번째 기사인

“본보 국제태권도 관련보도 SNS타고 빠르게 확산” 이라는 제목으로 캐나다에 거주하고 있는 jsmine choi 국제태권도연맹 회원이 번역해서 올린 페이스북내용이 전세계로 일파만파 퍼진다며 기사를 올렸다.

위 내용은 전혀 사실무근이며 2002년부터 횡령했다는 1억6천만원은 또 무엇인지 황당하다는 입장이라고 밝혔으며 돈을 횡령한사실도 없고 검찰에 기소 당한적도 전혀 없다고 밝혔다.

또 두 번째 기사를 영어로 번역하여 허위사실을 유통시킨 쟈스민 최 라는 여자는 국제태권도연맹 확인결과 한국의 국제태권도연맹본부와 법적다툼이 있는 2008자수간첩 최모씨의 딸로 드러났다. 국제태권도연맹은 쟈스민 최 또한 국제수사 기관에 접수후 대리인을 통해 법적절차를 진행할 예정이며 이런 악의적 저질행위는 그동안 어디에서도 볼수 없었던 악질들의 역대급 최고저질 행위라고 본지에 밝혔다.

또한 이 허위기사 내용에 등장한 공범으로 보이는 영국에서 운영하는 영국자체 국제태권도연맹
(대표: Trevor Nicholls 트레브 니콜스)
또한 국제수사기관에 접수후 유럽현지 ITF연맹 회원국의 관계자를 해당국에 대리인으로 선임하여 민 형사상의 법적처리를 진행한다.

이 허위기사와 연루된 최씨또한 본인이 영국에서 동업자(대표: Trevor Nicholls 트레브 니콜스)와 운영하는 사이트를 이용하여
( 대한민국내 국제태권도연맹 본부와 동일한 명칭으로 운영하고 있으며 국내 포털사이트에 마치 한국에서 활동하며 서비스 하는것처럼 신청자작성으로 검색엔진에 등록한후 이번 허위기사또한 메인페이지에 등재하는등 국내는 물론 전세계 태권도인들의 울분을 사게 만들었다고 전했다.

이에 국제태권도 연맹은 최씨또한 대한민국내 에서 관련법규위반혐의로 법적처리할 방침이라고 전했다. 국내또한 이 허위기사와 관련된 관련자로서 이기사를 고의로 페이스북, 다음 아고라 등에 퍼나른 관계자들도 법적처리 예정이다.

국제태권도연맹은 자세한 사항을 곧 4개국어로 성명서를 통해 발표할예정이며 이번일과 더불어 그동안 있었던 수사기관의 기록을 토대로 항상 이런식으로 거짓말을 하고 누명을 씌워오던 최씨와 대한민국에서 그와 함께 그동안 지속적으로 거짓고소를 한 관계자들을 엄중히 법적처리 할수있게 되었다고 밝혔다.

또한 이번 대한민국 법정에서 300만원의 벌금 판결의 판결문 내용은 국제태권도연맹 헤드쿼터가 기다려 오던 내용이며 그동안 최씨의 사주로 벌어진 여러개의 고소건의 모든 법적 결과물들과 비교 종합해 보면 최씨와 그 관계자들의 불법 업무행위를 처벌할수 있다는 전망이다.

앞으로 국제태권도연맹 은 한국에서의 법적기반을 토대로 태권도 종주국 헤드쿼터로서의 전문 행정운영을 전세계 각분야 태권도수련 전문인들과 함께 할것이며 전세계인들이 더 이상 업자들의 손에 놀아나지 않도록 하겠다는 입장이다.
추가로 최모씨는 대한민국 국제태권도연맹 본부에서 2004부터 2010 년까지 오창진 총재와 함께 동업으로 일했던자 라고 밝혔으며 앞으로 태권도 종주국 대한민국의 배경을 이용하여 국제태권도연맹 본부 행세를 하는 자가 있으면 한국본부로 꼭 문의확인 바란다고 전했다.

Link to the article published in Korean media:

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Official Statement Regarding Outcome of Court Case

South Korea is the Homeland of Taekwon-Do and as such, is a very important place to all who follow the art and teachings of General Choi Hong Hi. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that many groups who practice Taekwon-Do try to claim some legitimacy in this country that is a “Mecca” for Taekwon-Do disciples. The International Taekwon-Do Federation, Headquarters Korea (ITF-HQ Korea) has the registered sole rights to represent ITF Taekwon-Do in its homeland. This recognition was secured by Mr Oh Chang Jin in a Supreme Court decision in 2006/2007 after being challenged by the two main ITF organizations. This registration (사단 법인국 국제태권도 연맹) has the same status as the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and has the stated objective to serve all ITF practitioners around the World.

ITF HQ Korea main office

ITF HQ Korea main office

Given this recognition cannot now be legally challenged it would appear that some organizations are using unethical means to undermine the legitimacy and the good name of ITF-HQ Korea and some of its executive members.

Recently an article published in a small Korean media outlet has made untrue and what may be defamatory statements and has misrepresented the findings of a court case between Mr Choi Jung Hwa and Mr Oh Chang Jin. The article make statements that are not found anywhere in the ruling of the judge and grossly exaggerates the alleged infraction by Mr Oh Chang Jin. The article focuses solely on the findings of one aspect of the entire court case when in fact the case involved 4 allegations against Mr Oh Chang Jin of which 3 were found to have no basis in fact and have already been dismissed by the judge. This final aspect which relates to the production of Dan certificates is now subject to an appeal by Mr Oh Chang Jin and he will shortly be presenting new evidence in support of his case.

President of ITF HQ Korea presenting a speech at Russian Open 2016

President of ITF HQ Korea presenting a speech at Russian Open 2016

The President of ITF HQ Korea, Mr Oh Chang Jin, has been involved in Taekwondo for most of his life and was personally requested by the late General Choi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do to re-establish his style of Taekwon-Do in South Korea. This placed Mr Oh in a very hazardous situation since many of his former colleagues and senior members of the WTF were very unhappy with the re-introduction of the Chan Hon style of Taekwon-Do. Nonetheless he persisted through difficult times and worked tirelessly to make it a success. Only as a result of his efforts and his network of connections was it possible for Mr Choi Jung Hwa to return to his birth place despite Mr Choi Jung Hwa’s criminal conviction for his actions against the South Korean Government. Mr Oh Chang Jin is seen in South Korea as a highly respected individual both in his business and Taekwondo achievements.

Mr Oh Chang Jin will be lodging a defamation case against the journalist who published the article since much of what is stated is inaccurate and misleading. The suggestion that Mr Oh Chang Jin embezzled funds for over 600 certificates at a value of 160 million Won (approximately $136,000USD) was dismissed at a previous hearing in the case. It should be noted that Mr Oh Chang Jin was not asked for comment prior the publication of the article.

Social media is a very powerful tool to provide information however, it can also often be misused to promote a point of view that is not based on fact and objective reasoning and people post too quickly without consideration of the effect that it may have. As practitioners of Taekwon-Do some people extol the value of the tenets but do not actively live by them. It is incumbent for Taekwondoists to show some courtesy towards each other and try to remove the hatred and disunity and perhaps before commenting on social media they should inform themselves of the complete story and not just accept a single viewpoint.

This issue will be resolved by the court in due process and we will provide updates as they occur.

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Is Leadership Beyond You?

“If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you.” – Unknown
which leads to…

The problem is that people tend to see “serving” only in terms of commercial roles such as sales, food service and customer service. They also view public service as unworthy and not profitable. Personally, all of the public service provided by our law enforcement, fire fighters and other EMS personnel are greatly appreciated.

When you listen to many of the personal coaches and speakers, they tell you to follow your passion but is that a truly profitable venture? In fact, how many artists and musicians…even martial artists…have day jobs so they can continue their passion and be true to themselves in how they pursue their passion? Most of the really good martial artists that I know don’t have full time schools and many of the more commercial locations have lost touch with their students from chasing the money. Yes, I do know a handful who are commercially successful AND still teaching, at least what I consider, properly.

The key factor here applies to academic teachers as well. They teach…serve…because it is part of them. They grow personally as they learn from their peers and students. They also set the example of how to lead. Their efforts show what passion can do in a life plus provide the skills and support to help other find their way.

How do you plan to serve and help others? There are many ways including some that don’t directly feel or look like serving. Just remember, that all of those who you help will teach you something also. That will provide the additional skills and knowledge to ensure that you are successful in the World!

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There Is No Secret Ingredient

I got the chance to watch Kung Fu Panda, again, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice last night. Its a nice little piece of brain candy to relax and just enjoy. However, it did get me thinking.

(Kung Fu Panda) At the end, it was discovered that the secret Dragon scroll had no writing and there was no secret ingredient in the “Secret Ingredient” noodle soup. (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) Doing magic without a ring would be reaching the ultimate level. Now I will admit to being a bit “thick” at times (afterall, I am just a male), but after many years of training in the martial arts I finally understood the concept.

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Yeah, I know that it seems pretty obvious but the concept goes deeper than “Believe in yourself”. There are almost countless stories, movies and cartoons that show the benefits of believeing in yourself. Most of them could also qualify as “Hero myths” (see Joseph Campbell writings). The Hero is given a task to accomplish and a journey to get there.

During these journeys, the Hero must learn what needs to be done and how to do it in order to be successful. He must TRAIN. This is the part that gets overlooked. You become amazed and enthralled at the skills developed to achieve the goal. The downfall is that it gives the illusion that the skills and knowledge…and power…can be attained through short intensive training.

Sadly, the time it takes to train completely is a lifetime. This means that all those who are teaching should still be training. Teaching is only another method of training (integrating intellectual & academic). Skills will become usable, some even amazing, before the end of your lifetime but the real knowledge will take the whole time.

The connection between the movies and martial arts finally made sense when I heard the voice Master Kim Jeong Woo (Haidong Gumdo). During the recent Master’s training I was able to attend, I had worked on a form and had gone to make some notes on it. Master Kim moved to the next portion of his lesson plan. I was intent on writing things down before I forgot and got called on it. As we lined up to bow out, he said “It is good to write things down but train first.”

So I leave with…are you still training?

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ITF-HQ Netherlands Hosts Taekwon-Do Pioneer Kim Bok-Man for Historic 3-Day International Instructors Course

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man, one of the most influential and important pioneers of military Taekwon-Do, recently taught a historic 3-day International Instructors Course in the Netherlands from Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20, 2015. The course was approved as an IIC by ITF-HQ in Seoul, South Korea and hosted by Mr. Harry Van Schaik, owner of KISPORT Taekwon-Do Academie. This was Supreme Master Kim’s first seminar to be designated as an IIC for any International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) organization. Mr. Van Schaik previously organized an IIC in the Netherlands in 2010. Supreme Master Kim was accompanied by Grandmaster Brad Shipp, his most senior student. Mr. Van Schaik greeted Supreme Master Kim and Grandmaster Shipp at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the capital and most populous city in the Netherlands.

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man poses for a group photo with color belt students who attended the IIC

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man poses for a group photo with color belt students who attended the IIC

Mr. Van Schaik had read about Supreme Grandmaster Kim Bok-Man’s contributions to Taekwon-Do and located him on Facebook, a popular social media web site. Mr. Van Schaik inquired about hosting Supreme Master Kim for a seminar in the Netherlands, and Supreme Master Kim, who had not been to the Netherlands before, agreed. “At a suggestion of ITF-HQ Germany, I discussed with all parties if there was an opportunity to make Supreme Master Kim’s seminar in the Netherlands an IIC,” said Mr. Van Schaik. “All agreed it should be an IIC because Supreme Master Kim helped create many of the Ch’ang Hon patterns and helped General Choi develop the contents and write the historic first English textbook about Taekwon-Do.”
An International Instructor Course (IIC) offers professional training and certification for Masters, instructors and individuals who teach ITF Taekwon-Do groups or teach ITF Taekwon-Do skills. An IIC aims to establish a global standard for Taekwon-Do instructor skill training. “The seminar in the Netherlands conducted by our guest Supreme Grandmaster Kim Bok Man aimed to focus on Taekwon-Do skills such as self-defense, kicking techniques and training methods,” said Dr. Zibby Kruk, General Secretary for ITF-HQ Korea. “Additionally, it was a great history lesson presented by a pioneer who was involved in developing Taekwon-Do alongside the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong-Hi,” Dr. Kruk added. “ITF-HQ Korea recognized the course as an IIC and provided IIC certification for all who participated.”BradShipp-ApplicationOfUpsetPunch
International Taekwon-Do Federation Headquarters Korea (ITF-HQ Korea) is an administrative, coordinating and supportive organization based in South Korea, the homeland of Taekwon-Do. ITF-HQ Korea is dedicated to serving all ITF practitioners, instructors and supporters worldwide, regardless of religion, race, nationality, ideological boundaries, and affiliations to promote Taekwon-Do globally and lead ITF Taekwon-Do into the future.
Supreme Master Kim’s legacy in the martial arts is older than Taekwon-Do itself. Supreme Master Kim began his martial arts training in 1941 when he was just 7 years old. By 1950, he had joined the Korean Army and in February 1955 joined General Choi Hong-Hi, the primary founder of Taekwon-Do, only weeks before Gen. Choi proposed the name Taekwon-Do. Supreme Master Kim was a member of the first Taekwon-Do demonstration team to perform outside of Korea in Taiwan and Vietnam in 1959. He helped Gen. Choi develop 15 of the Ch’ang Hon tuls and provided input on as many as four more. Master Kim also helped Gen. Choi write the first English textbook and develop the techniques in it. Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence was published in 1965. Master Kim was a founding member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in March 1966, and every country where he had demonstrated and set up Taekwon-Do organizations became founding nations. KBMPICSSupreme Master Kim is often recognized as the Father of Taekwon-Do in Southeast Asia for his efforts. Master Kim lead the historic first ITF International Demonstration Team in 1967. In 1978, he sponsored the 3rd Asian Taekwon-Do Championships in Hong Kong at the request of Un Yong Kim and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Ten years later, Taekwondo would become a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. His book Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons was honored as a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards in 2012, and his latest book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim’s Historic Photospective (1955-2015), which documents Grandmaster Kim’s exceptional journey and priceless contributions to Taekwon-Do, received the same honor in 2015. Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art was also recently selected as a Winner in the Beverly Hills International Book Awards. For more than 60 years, Grandmaster Kim Bok-Man has been practicing, developing, teaching and promoting Taekwon-Do.Book1
All ranks and ages were eligible to attend Supreme Master Kim’s historic IIC. Students and instructors from seven countries representing approximately ten dojangs attended, including Master Henk Zonsveld, Chairman of the Dutch Taekwon-Do Federation; Master Paul Dekker, Chairman of Taekwon-Do International Netherlands; and Master John Arlid Svendsen from ITF Norway. England, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Belgium, the United States, and the Netherlands were represented at the IIC.
Mr. Van Schaik’s instructor, Mr. Kiet Tjon-A-Pauw, also attended the IIC. “I am honored that my instructor, Mr. Kiet Tjon-A-Pauw, and his wife, Phil Croes-Kiet, could attend this event,” said Mr. Van Schaik. “Mr. Kiet has been teaching Taekwon-Do for more than 40 years and co-founded the ITF-Netherlands group. So he is an important figure in my journey and for Netherlands Taekwon-Do.”
For the IIC, Supreme Grandmaster Kim focused on strengthening participants foundation in the art. He taught basic stances, basic techniques, self-defense and a few select Ch’ang Hon patterns. Participants learned wrist locks and arm bars, and many other techniques, with plenty of opportunity to practice each day. Supreme Master Kim also lectured at length about truncal twist, a primary component for increasing power. For Supreme Grandmaster Kim, all techniques need to be done in a proper, natural way to avoid injury and improve health. Supreme Master Kim also answered questions about the history of Taekwon-Do.
“The participants loved hearing about the famous masters and grandmasters and how things were done in the past,” noted Mr. Van Schaik. “Supreme Master Kim was highly active during the most formative years of Taekwon-Do, and Supreme Master Kim’s demonstrations and efforts in Southeast Asia helped launch Taekwon-Do onto the world stage when Gen. Choi founded the International Taekwon-Do Federation,” Mr. Van Schaik added.
Several special awards were given during Supreme Master Kim’s IIC. Mr. Van Schaik presented copies of his Dutch-language book, Alphabetische Encyclopedie I.TF. Taekwon-Do,” to Supreme Master Kim and Grandmaster Shipp. On behalf of ITF-HQ Korea, Supreme Master Kim promoted Mr. Kiet Tjon-A-Pauw to Master of Taekwon-Do Development, acknowledging Mr. Kiet’s efforts and dedication to the martial art. Mr. Kiet’s certificate was signed by Supreme Master Kim; Grandmaster Chaepok Hwang of Germany; Master Rudolf Kang of ITF-HQ Russia; Master C. J. Oh of ITF-HQ Korea; Master Peter Sanders, member of the Board of Masters of ITF-HQ Korea and Mr. Harry Van Schaik of ITF-HQ Netherlands.
In addition to the 3-day IIC, Supreme Master Kim and Grandmaster Brad Shipp visited several related facilities in Barneveld. They toured Mr. Van Schaik’s KISPORT training facilities at Barneveld Martial Arts Academie, where students took opportunity to meet and be photographed with Supreme Master Kim and Grandmaster Shipp. They lunched at the home of one of Mr. Van Schaik’s students.

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man and Grandmaster Brad Shipp visited the home of Mr. Van Schaik's student, Aquelgio Muskita and his mother. Supreme Master Kim, Grandmaster Shipp and Mr. Van Schaik pose with Aquelgio and family in their home gym. L-R: Aquelgio Muskita, Grandmaster Brad Shipp, Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man, Devon Ozturk (in front of Supreme Master Kim), and Gillian Muskita

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man and Grandmaster Brad Shipp visited the home of Mr. Van Schaik’s student, Aquelgio Muskita and his mother. Supreme Master Kim, Grandmaster Shipp and Mr. Van Schaik pose with Aquelgio and family in their home gym. L-R: Aquelgio Muskita, Grandmaster Brad Shipp, Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man, Devon Ozturk (in front of Supreme Master Kim), and Gillian Muskita

The group also toured De Veluwehal in Barneveld, which will host the 2017 ITF World Championships. Mr. Van Schaik and ITF-HQ Netherlands have begun to organize and sponsor the upcoming 2017 World Championships.
Supreme Master Kim, Grandmaster Shipp and Mr. Van Schaik also met with Barneveld City Councilman E. Fokkema and discussed the history of Taekwon-Do, Supreme Master Kim’s IIC and the upcoming 2017 Championships.
While in Barneveld, Supreme Master Kim (center), Grandmaster Shipp (right) and Mr. Van Schaik (left) meet with Councilman E. Fokkema, whom Supreme Master Kim gifts with a copy of his latest book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015).

While in Barneveld, Supreme Master Kim (center), Grandmaster Shipp (right) and Mr. Van Schaik (left) meet with Councilman E. Fokkema, whom Supreme Master Kim gifts with a copy of his latest book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim’s Historic Photospective (1955-2015).

Supreme Master Kim gifted a signed copy of his latest book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim’s Historic Photospective (1955-2015), to Councilman Fokkema.
On Monday Supreme Master Kim, Grandmaster Shipp and Mr. Van Schaik met with Master Peter Sanders, member of the Board of Master of ITF-HQ Korea, and his wife Hetty to discuss the future of Taekwon-Do and how Supreme Master Kim, the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation, and ITF-HQ Korea might work together for the benefit of the art. “We discussed the early history, current state and future of the art,” said Mr. Van Schaik. “Supreme Grand Master Kim Bok Man explained the importance and role of Taekwon-Do and the values it teaches for self-improvement and the betterment of society.” Supreme Master Kim, Grandmaster Shipp and Master Sanders also discussed future seminars in Russia, Japan and other countries. (Supreme Master Kim’s recent seminar in Russia, hosted by Master Rudolf Kang and the Russian Taekwon-Do (ITF) Federation, was a result of this discussion.)
While in the Netherlands, Supreme Master Kim and Grandmaster Brad Shipp were able to get in a little sightseeing as well. “We took Supreme Master Kim to sightsee locally, in addition to visiting the hall for the World Championships and meeting Councilman Fokkema, so he saw our iconic windmills and discovered why Barneveld is famous for its chickens,” said Mr. Van Schaik. “He also visited the home of one of my students. Grandmaster Shipp, on the other hand, wished to tour Amsterdam, so we visited many tourist attractions in our beautiful capital as well,” Mr. Van Schaik added.
While in the Netherlands, Mr. Van Schaik took Grandmaster Shipp on a brief tour of Amsterdam. Here Grandmaster Shipp poses in Dam Square, the heart of the city, and among the many pigeons which gather in the square; and listens to a street musician while crossing a bridge spanning one of the many scenic waterways

While in the Netherlands, Mr. Van Schaik took Grandmaster Shipp on a brief tour of Amsterdam. Here Grandmaster Shipp poses in Dam Square, the heart of the city, and among the many pigeons which gather in the square; and listens to a street musician while crossing a bridge spanning one of the many scenic waterways

“The opportunity to invite Supreme Master Kim to come to the Netherlands and teach and spend time with us is a great honor,” said Mr. Harry Van Schaik. “A fruitful and productive IIC with the different countries, and an introduction to Supreme Master Kim’s World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation, was very interesting to have organized and sponsored. Supreme Master Kim’s experience and status as a legendary and influential pioneer of Taekwon-Do revealed how things were setup and taught when Taekwon-Do was being developed, particularly in the 1960s. Supreme Master Kim’s knowledge and mastery of Taekwon-Do are priceless,” Mr. Van Schaik added, “not to mention his first-hand memories.”
Mr. Van Schaik has been active nationally and internationally for nearly 30 years, attending many previous IICs taught by Gen. Choi Hong-Hi and training with many respected grandmasters. He started Taekwon-Do in 1980 with instructors Stanley Brug. Hennie van de Brink and Sylverster van de Kooije, and later trained with Master Kiet Tjon-a-Pauw and Master James Tjin-a-Ton. Mr. Van Schaik founded KISPORT Martial Academy in 2000, where he has trained and coached many Dutch-European and World Champions. He organized the groundbreaking Tul Tours in South Korea in 2013 and 2016. A member of many committees over the years, Mr. Van Schaik seeks to unite all who practice Taekwon-Do, regardless of association, background, nationality, etc. Mr. Van Schaik is currently chairman of the Research Committee for ITF-HQ Korea and is organizing the 2017 Open World Championships.
Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man and Grandmaster Brad Shipp may be contacted by phone through the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation in the United States at (973) 403-0045 or by email at Interested parties may also visit the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation web site at Mr. Harry Van Schaik may be contacted by phone in the Netherlands at 0031647332320 and by email at Interested parties may also visit, the Korean Culture – Netherlands Platform web site. For more information about the 2017 World Championships, visit the web site.

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Dr George Vitale visited ITF HQ Korea

On the 14th-15th February Dr George Vitale arrived in Daejoen for a meeting with officials from ITF HQ Korea, Master Oh Chan Jin and Dr Zibby Kruk. It was not Dr Vitale’s first visit of to South Korea but it was his first time in Daejoen. Since Dr Vitale has studied Taekwondo history extensively, Daejeon was of special interest as it was in this city that Taekwon-Do started to modernize its techniques. General Choi moved from Jeju Island to Daejoen where he trained solders in the newly named art of Taekwon-Do. zibby
Dr Vitale was also interested in modern Taekwon-Do history, and events that took place following the re-introduction of the ITF to South Korea by Mast. Oh Chan Jin. Master Oh shared stories of how he met General Choi, how he began introducing the ITF in South Korea, the first historic world championship and shared stories of thousands of officials, pioneers, masters, students and instructors who have visited Korea from early 2000 to the current time.
Dr Vitale, accompanied by Dr Kruk and Ms Hera Jin, visited the “Donghaksa Temple” located in the eastern valley of Gyeryongsan Mountain, the first and the oldest existing academic institute for female monks. The temple is home to about 150 monks who study and practice Buddhism. In spite of the very cold weather Dr Vitale was able to admire the elegant structure of the temple that is enhanced by the majestic view of Munpilbong Peak. george
After lunch in a traditional Korean restaurant Dr Vitale visited Daejon national Cemetery, which is the resting place of deceased patriots, men of national merit, generals, officers, soldiers. It was interesting to speculate whether it could have been the resting place of General Choi if the South Korean Government had responded positively to the Generals request to get medical treatment in South Korea and this may have been his life’s final destination instead the North.
Daejeon National Cemetery covers a vast area of land spanning around 330,000㎡ and includes such facilities as the Memorial Tower and the Memorial Gate to pay reverence to patriotic spirits, Patriotic Spirit Exhibition Center displaying photos and articles left by the deceased, and an outdoor exhibition space, where military battle equipment is on display. This provided a great background to take some photographs and reflect on the history of Korea and Taekwon-Do.
The first day of the visit ended with long discussions about Taekwon-Do, plans and history, in the office of HQ Korea with Mast. Oh, and continued later at a beer and chicken restaurant.
The second day started by visiting ITF HQ Korea office where some photos were taken to record Dr Vitale’s visit. Then after lunch we were accompanied by Ms Rachel Kim and taken to the Gaetaesa Temple that was established by King Taejo of the Goryeo Dynasty and was the site of the final battle with the Baekje dynasty where he celebrated victory in 936. Rachel provided helpful information about the temple that gave us some background knowledge about the place prior to our visit.
The Gaetaesa Temple was established by King Taejo of the Goryeo Dynasty at the site of the final battle with the Baekje dynasty where he celebrated victory in 936 in the 19th year of his reign. The temple was built to celebrate the unification of the three kingdoms of Korea. Three statues of Buddha in the temple are regarded as some of the better works of Buddhist art of the early Goryeo Dynasty.
Again, the site was a great place to reflect on Korean history, Taekwon-Do and talk about tul tour programs. Thanks to Rachel Kim, Dr Vitale was able to connect some historical events from history and located the place in Nonsan where General Choi created Gae-Baek tul.
We returned to the office of ITF HQ Korea where Dr Vitale shared his research on Korean history and Taekwon-Do. All Korean participants were amazed with the information they received and were astonished with Dr Vitale’s knowledge and understanding of Korean history.
The visit came to an end and in the evening with Dr Vitale leaving for Seoul where he had other arrangements.
During his 2-day visit the only time we were not talking was when we were sleeping. It was a great Taekwon-Do/history interaction that allowed us to discover new facts and exchange information that helped us understand Taekwon-Do history and General Choi’s patriotic work much better.

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Jackie Chan, John Cusack, & Adrian Brody star in 'Dragon Blade'

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If you have watched your fair share of martial arts films, you surely know of Jackie Chan, whose Hong Kong fame turned into Hollywood fame, but he has retired from Hollywood. That does not mean Chan is through with making and starring in films. He still retains his popularity in Asia, which means he is still doing Asian movies.

His recent films have been done in China and Hong Kong. There are examples to draw upon such as Shaolin and 1911. Chan took a backseat as a support character in Shaolin, which stars Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. In1911, Chan only had one brief combat role, which proves he is capable of being able to act in non-martial arts films.

You can stream Chan’s recent films on Netflix.

In February, Chan’s latest film hits theaters across China. This film is Dragon Blade and it could become the one of China’s biggest films. This film stars Chan and stars both a domestic and international cast of characters.

Chan plays Huo An, who is an official framed for a crime he did not commit. He befriends a Roman officer, Lucius, portrayed by John Cusack, who is imprisoned by the antagonistic Tiberius, who is portrayed by Adrien Brody.

Tiberius wants to unify the entire Silk Road under his banner.

Lucius escapes captivity and makes it to the deserts of Western China, where he meets and befriends Huo. The two of them join forces against Tiberius’ reign.

Australian actress Sharni Vinson is also cast in the movie in a small role as the Queen of the Roman Empire. Vinson confirmed her part in the movie during an interview taken place at this year’s London Film and Comic Con.

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Vinson said that she’s an admirer of Chan, who is focusing on philanthropic pursuits. She explains that Dragon Blade is the biggest budget movie to date in China. Vinson explains that her character is accidentally responsible for Lucius getting locked up because their characters are in a forbidden romance.

The film will screen in China on February 1st, which is the start of the Chinese New Year.

It is unknown if or when Dragon Blade will screen internationally. There is the possibility it will stream online for international audiences. Do not be surprised if you see the film streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Originally written for and published on Digital Journal.

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