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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 worldchunkuhntkd@gmail.com. Interested parties may also visit the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation web site at www.worldchunkuhntkd.com. Mr. Harry Van Schaik may be contacted by phone in the Netherlands at 0031647332320 and by email at vanschaikhaar@gmail.com. Interested parties may also visit www.ktc-np.nl, the Korean Culture – Netherlands Platform web site. For more information about the 2017 World Championships, visit the www.ITFOpenWorlds.com web site.

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Refurbishing ITF in South Korea – fantasy or reality?

Imagine building a house that required you to sacrifice your previous prosperous existence and to build this house on land that was riddled with problems and threats to your existence. After years of toil and tribulation you finally succeeded and owned this modest dwelling that now had the potential to grow and become substantial.

Then imagine some distant relative pretending that they helped you to build this house even though they could not even visit the place where you were building it because their past behavior meant they were prohibited from coming to the land of its construction. But with the goodwill of trying to bring family together you do your best to help this relative to visit your house by putting your own reputation on the line to help the relative to return to this land that they have previously maligned and achieve this at great risk to yourself. For a short time everything goes well and the excitement of bringing together family gives you a sense of joy. But then your relative starts to plot against you with other people and spiritual leaders to try to take over this house that you have built with your hard work and sweat. The relative puts forward unrealistic ideas and wants to build something that is out of context with the surrounds and the country and will not listen to reason believing they are now in charge of the house. When you then kick them out of your house they try in desperation to bring a court case against you based on unfounded statements and representations, and then try to refurbish your house without consulting you or even asking your permission.

Despite this behavior you try to keep the intruders sent by your relative at bay until you reach a point where you have no option but to defend your house from these vicious relatives and intruders.

This is the story of Oh Chang Jin, and Choi Jung Hwa and the current court case that is taking place in Sth Korea. After several years of accusations by Choi Jung Hwa against Oh Chang Jin and the organization that Master Oh built in Sth Korea, finally the matters were brought before a court on the 28th August 2015 in Daejeon. Choi Jung Hwa, accompanied by Trevor Nichols and Volmar Ligay and a few other intruders who wish to refurbish and steal the house that Master Oh built attended the session.

It is at this point not possible to report on the outcome of the case since it has been adjourned until October with evidence being required from Choi Jung Hwa and his cohorts to substantiate claims against Oh Chang Jin. Indeed many people have been given the impression that Choi Jung Hwa is visiting the country of his birth for reasons other than this case, but this is not true. If Choi Jung Hwa had not attended this case on the date required his case would have been dismissed and all of the assertions about Asian Games and the organization of Tul Tours are merely smoke screen to cover the real reasons for his appearance in Sth Korea.

Given that Choi Jung Hwa and his cohorts have previously claimed credit for the actions of Oh Chang Jin this is not surprising. People should know that the events that have previously been run in South Korea for the International Taekwon-Do Federation have been because of the efforts of ITF HQ Korea, including the Tul Tours, which are fully owned by ITF HQ Korea. It is interesting to note that Choi Jung Hwa is now saying these Tul Tours will be run by his cohorts in Korea and yet only a few month ago he was telling his members that if they attended these courses they would be expelled from his organization.

To build a family and a strong house it requires not only hard work but honesty, transparency, and willingness to work together. Moreover, it is very rude and inappropriate to come to somebody’s home that you do not owe and try to refurbish it without the owner’s permission. It is also simply against the law. Dreaming is good because it gives people hope and enhances creativity but having only fantasies without any realistic support is senseless and it looks like the ‘intruders’ need to step down on the earth and see the situation in reality.

After the completion of the court case the owners of the house will present the detailed results so all family members good and bad will have a proper understanding of the situation. REFURBISHING SOMEBODY’S HOUSE WITHOUT PERMISSION IS A CRIME!!! Every family member deserves to know the truth.

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This woman without arms is a blackbelt and a licensed pilot

Besides being a licensed pilot, she is a former dancer as well as a double blackbelt in TaeKwonDo. She keeps herself active with walking and swimming and feels that it is important to maintain strength and flexibility in her legs because she uses them more than any normal person does.

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