Perry Araeipour, Sa Bom Nim captured an historical moment through the lens of his camera as Bill Nelson Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 21420) from St. Cloud Minnesota in Region 7 of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® was awarded his Moo Duk Kwan® 8th Dan certificate by H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim on November 21, 2014 in Ramona California at the 2014 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa.
Also receiving their 8th Dan certificates were Fred Messersmith, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20729) from Torrance, California, Daymon Kenyon, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 19839) from San Diego, California, James Donnelly Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 14436) from Hampton Roads, Virginia and Kris Poole, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20632) from Longview, Texas.
Moo Duk Kwan President, H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim reads outloud Bill Nelson Sa Bom Nim’s 8th Dan rank certificate.
Moo Duk Kwan President, H.C. Hwang Kwan Jang Nim presents Bill Nelson Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 21420) from st. Cloud Minnesota with his 8th Dan rank certificate on November 21, 2014 in Ramona, California.
Left to right Fred Messersmith, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20729) from Torrance, California, Daymon Kenyon, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 19839) from San Diego, California,Vic Martinov, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 10189) from Santa Ynez, California, H.C. Hwang, Kwna Jang Nim,from Springfield, New Jersey, Larry seiberlich, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 1815) from Maplewood, Minnesota, James Donnelly Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 14436) from Hampton Roads,Virginia, Kris Poole, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20632) from Longview, Texas and Bill Nelson, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 21420) from St. Cloud Minnesota
Thirty participants included beginner students (Gups), black belts ( Dans) Masters (Ko Dan Ja), non student children and adults.
Participants executed over 6000 kicks during the one and one half hour event and generated $2000 in donations from their generous sponsors.
The event was organized well and was followed by a cook out and pot luck dinner. St. Cloud Soo Bahk Do®members from Milaca and Becker raised $2,000 while reporting they had great fun and enjoyed the unique training opportunity provided by the Kick-a-thon.
Students and supporters expressed satisfaction knowing that they were helping raise funds to preserve the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school's well established reputation and legacy of nearly 70 years while supporting the promulgation of the strong core values the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system emphasizes.
Organizers said the Kick-a-thon was very easy to plan and organize with the support materials and other resources provided by the Federation. The Kick-a-thon packets contained ready made sponsor forms, envelopes, detailed execution of gaining sponsors, with prizes and incentive for all who participate and generating student interest and participation was easy.
Sa Bom Nim Nelson stated that raising money was never so easy and he encourages each Moo Duk Kwan® studio to take action and host a kick-a-thon or break-a–thon before year end when the Grand Prize expires if not claimed.
St. Cloud Soo Bahk Do® martial art school hosted a morning only, week-long camp summer camp June 16 – 20th for kids and teenagers.
The camp curriculum focused on Soo Bahk Do® martial art training with an emphasis on personal safety.
Thanks to Master Nelson's advance arrangements, camp attendees enjoyed visitors from St. Cloud Police Department, St. Cloud Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, and the Central Minnesota Area SWAT Team.
Participants learned about history, lineage, Korean and Chinese culture and personal safety.
Each student created a Korean flag and performed many repetitions of kicks, punches, forms and self defense techniques in preparation for a rank exam the week after the camp.
The camp concluded on a high note with attendees celebrating with their families, enjoying pizza and graduating from the camp.