Veronica Seo

  • 2019 New Years Message

    2019 New Years Message

    From the desk of Grandmaster In Sun Seo

    World Kido Federation family and friends,

    On behalf of all of us at the World Kido Federation, I would like to wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy New Year!

    This coming year, I would like to pass on the following idea to all of you: “let us become the best version of ourselves”. This idea can take on many forms including:

    1.     Best in our training: Regardless of age, rank, or where we are in our training, make short and long term goals to improve ourselves through consistent and hard training to become the best martial artist we can be.

    2.     Best in our teaching: Take it upon yourself to do that extra little thing that will help in your teaching so that your students will become better martial artists. Things like having that extra conversation, making extra mat time, introducing that one more new teaching methods are just some examples but I’m sure each of you will have your own version.

    3.    Best family member: Love and respect your family members and aspire to make your family proud through your positive attitude and actions.

    3.    Best in how we treat others: Treat each other with respect, love and dignity irrespective of whether it’s your senior, junior or anyone you interact with. Show everyone what the martial art spirit and mentality is all about.

    4.     Best in our responsibilities to our communities: Our responsibility as martial artists go beyond the dojang. Take it upon yourself to extend our martial arts spirit to others in your communities through how you represent yourselves and also in how you give back and help others.

    In striving to be the best version of ourselves, it is important to consider how to balance long term goals with daily pursuits that are realistic and attainable. While it is important to have lofty and transformational goals in life, often times these goals may seem too lofty, too grandiose for us to achieve, and we become paralyzed in doubt. How do overcome this?

    Something I firmly believe can help all of us in both martial arts and in life is the idea of getting 1% better everyday. In my journey as a martial artist and a person, I have found success using this idea of constant growth and dedication on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is that I did not reach my goals in martial arts training, teaching and martial arts organizations overnight. Rather, it took years of constantly striving to become a little bit better than I was the day before. With this state of mind, I was able to realize many of my goals in life and I continue to apply the same mindset to many daily training regiment, my goals for korean martial arts and my vision for our organization heading into the future.  

    So for this year I am not asking you to reinvent yourselves as martial artists or as people. Rather, I challenge every member of WKF to honestly assess themselves and determine what things, big or small, they can do to better themselves every single day. The important thing to realize is that self-improvement is a state of mind, not an end destination and requires constant and daily focus and hard work to truly get better 1% everyday!

    Lastly I would like to remind everyone that we alternate every year between two large scale intrnational events; WKF Summit in the United States and our WKF/HHA World Championships/Korea Trip (Sep 26 – Oct 3 of 2019-see information below). These events are important part of continuing to foster and grow our organization to be the best martial arts organization in the world. Please do your best to make every effort to join us in Korea this year and also look out for more information on the next Summit later this year.

    Once again, let’s continue to strive to be the best versions of ourselves in 2019. In closing I wish all of you continued health, peace and happiness and I look forward to seeing many of you at our 2019 Korea Trip!


    In Sun Seo


    2019 WKF Korea Trip and 11th World Hapkido Championships

    Dates:  September 26 – October 3, 2018


    7 Nights/ 8 Days Hotel accommodations

    Daily breakfast

    Participation in Int’l Championship

    Seminar with GM In Sun Seo


    Special Banquet

    Instructor/Masters training Exchange program with sister schools (must arrange in advance through HQ)

    Contact Master Sara at

  • 6th Nordic Hapkido Cup

    6th Nordic Hapkido Cup

    Save the date!

    Announcing the 5th Nordic Hapkido Cup.
    October 26-28 2018!

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  • 2018 WKF Member Summit Recap

    Thank you for attending the 2018 WKF Member Summit. It was an incredible experience for all of us and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as well.

    We also wanted to provide information about the 2019 WKF Korea Trip and World Championship. See attached the information packet regarding the trip and a summary below. Please contact Master Sara at to secure your spot!

    Thank you again for attending the 2018 WKF Member Summit and we look forward to seeing you in Korea next year!

    2019 WKF Korea Trip and 11th World Hapkido Championships

    Dates: September 26 – October 3, 2019


    7 Nights/ 8 Days Hotel accommodations
    Daily breakfast
    Participation in Int’l Championship
    Seminar with GM In Sun Seo
    Special Banquet
    Instructor/Masters training Exchange program with sister schools (must arrange in advance through HQ)


  • The 2nd Oceania Cup and 2018 New Zealand Hapkido Festival

    The 2nd Oceania Cup and 2018 New Zealand Hapkido Festival

    We are hosting the largest Hapkido event ever held in New Zealand. This is the 2018 Hapkido Festival which consists of a 1 day Hapkido Tournament at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy (2nd Oceania Cup) and a 1 day series of seminars with Grand Master Scott Seo from Seoul, South Korea at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy. He will be joined by Master Choi (7th Dan) also from South Korea. This is the first time we have had two highly ranked Korean Masters at an event in New Zealand.

    Saturday 15th September 2018

    The Oceania Cup is for children, teens and adults and people may enter one or more of – unarmed pattern (form), armed pattern, self-defence demonstration and either semi contact (children) or full contact sparring (adults). Entries for the Oceania Cup close on Friday 17th August.

    Rules as per WKF / Hanminjok Hapkido apart from Adult sparring which is NZ Hapkido rules which allows low leg kicks and punches to the head. 

    Sunday 16th September 2018

    A series of three seminars with Grandmaster Scott Seo (8th Dan) from Seoul and Master Choi (7th Dan) from ChangWon City.

    Junior Students (up to 12 years old) – cost $30).

    Teen and Adult Students (13 and upwards) – cost $60.

    Black Belt Seminar (all styles) – cost $30.

    This event page will be regularly updated over the next 6 months as we close in on this milestone event!

    Grand Master Steve Seo will be attending this event.


  • 2019 Korea Trip

    2019 Korea Trip

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  • 2018 New Year’s Message from GM In Sun Seo

    2018 New Year’s Message from GM In Sun Seo

    From the desk of Grandmaster In Sun Seo

    World Kido Federation members and family,

    Wishing all our WKF family and friends a joyful holiday season and and happy New Year! I hope everyone had the opportunity to share the festivities of the new year with friends and family.

    As I was thinking about this coming year and the message I wanted to convey to all of you, I was reminded of a quote from Lao Tzu that I believe is applicable to all of us as martial artists and as people. The quote is:

    Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power

    As you all know by now, as we were entering the holiday season in Korea with a festive mood and celebratory feeling, we were shocked to discover our Headquarter office was significantly damaged by a fire. We are so fortunate that no one was hurt but the amount of damage and amount of work to rebuild was daunting. It is in these kind of times and situations that test our resolve that we have to look inwards and how we as individuals react to adversity and test if we can look to things we can control and make the best of our situation. In that spirit, we are moving forward and rebuilding and planning to forge head. What’s also been incredibly encouraging and has helped strengthened our resolve is the overwhelming support and positivity from our members in Korea and from around the world. Thank you for your kind wishes, support and positive energy!

    Going through this situation reminded me that as martial artists and leaders in our communities, it is sometimes easier to look at others and spend energy on things external to us and sometimes out of our control. Such things are usually not a best use of our time. As Lao Tzu said, knowledge and mastery of others may be needed at times, but true strength and meaning will only be discovered by mastering oneself and in focusing inward to improve ourselves as martial artists, teachers, leaders and as people.

    As you enter the new year, please take a moment to reflect on how each of you can look at yourselves and where you need to focus and work on to improve in whatever areas or areas are most needed to help you be a better martial artist, community member, teacher, family member, friend or person.

    Once again, I hope all of you have a great new year and I look forward to hopefully seeing all of you at the WKF Member Summit in the SF Bay Area in July 2018!


    In Sun Seo


    President World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association



    We are excited to announce the dates for next year’s World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Member Summit-


    Dates- JULY 13-15, 2018



    Please save the dates and we will be sending out more information in the coming month.


    We hope to see you all next July!




    Sara Seo

    Secretary General

    World Kido Federation


  • Greater Milwaukee Hapkido Seminar

    Greater Milwaukee Hapkido Seminar

    Join Master Steve Seo at the American Dojo Martial Arts on April 29 and April 30. Sign up here–MbPcMMilwaukee Seminar

  • Hanminjok Hapkido Seminar|Herzebrock, Germany 2017

    Hanminjok Hapkido Seminar|Herzebrock, Germany 2017

    Click on this link: Seminar-Scott-engl

  • Happy New Year

    New Year Message from GM Seo

    World Kido Federation members and family, Happy New Years! I hope everyone was able to celebrate the arrival of 2017 with their loved ones. It is fair to say that around the world, 2016 was a very challenging year. Across many different countries, communities, and families, 2016 brought more turmoil than it did tranquility. Many of us are happy to see 2016 come to an end. However, it is important not to lose hope. The beautiful thing about life is that every moment is another opportunity to improve yourself and those around you. Year by year, month by month, and day by day, we can approach every moment as an opportunity to grow and become the best people we can be. Whether it’s adding that extra 1-2 hours of week to your own training, or spending a few extra minutes on the mat working with that student that’s struggling in class, it’s these little things that can make the difference. Let’s keep that mindset as we can’t appreciate the good times without struggling through the difficult times and finding the lessons that inspire us to forge ahead. Now to make these changes tangible, it is up to us. If we all try to improve ourselves and our communities, we will begin to see individual actions have global results. I am a firm believer in choices; no matter what different situations we are in, we can all choose to take a positive perspective that focuses on moving forward and making the best of what we have at hand. I strive to live this way everyday, and I hope you do too. Sincerely, GM In Sun Seo