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.
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.”
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. Supreme 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.
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, 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. 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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.