September 11, 2018
Save the date!
Announcing the 5th Nordic Hapkido Cup.
October 26-28 2018!
September 3, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Participation in Int’l Championship
Seminar with GM In Sun Seo
Instructor/Masters training Exchange program with sister schools (must arrange in advance through HQ)
September 3, 2018
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.
March 17, 2018
January 3, 2018From 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
August 20, 2017
Dates- JULY 13-15, 2018
LOCATION- DOUBLETREE HOTEL, PLEASANTON, CA
Please save the dates and we will be sending out more information in the coming month.
We hope to see you all next July!
World Kido Federation
March 11, 2017
Join Master Steve Seo at the American Dojo Martial Arts on April 29 and April 30. Sign up here https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?EV–MbPcM
March 5, 2017
Click on this link: Seminar-Scott-engl
January 2, 2017
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
November 26, 20164th Nordic Hapkido CupSKELLEFTEA, Sweden–Master Rikard Larsson of Sweden recently held the 4th Nordic Hapkido Cup, organized by the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Scandinavia in cooperation with the hosting school, Soo Shim Hapkido. This year’s event took place during the weekend of October 29, in the city of Skellefteå, Sweden.The championships were open to all Hapkido federations and associations. Participants competed in sparring, selfdefense, forms, and weapons forms. The rules of the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association were used, but with a few changes, most notable being the use of an electronic scoring system for sparring. The competition turned out to be a huge success, with around 120 participants from Sweden, Spain and South Korea taking part.Attending the event were special guests Grandmaster Scott Sung Yeel Seo, general secretary of Hanminjok Hapkido Association; Grandmaster Lee Kyoung Sun, regional director of Hanminjok Hapkido Association in Spain and Master Carlos Martinez, also of Hanminjok Hapkido Association in Spain.There was also an open seminar on Sunday, October 30 conducted by Grandmaster Scott Seo which attracted approximately 50 participants who go the chance to learn and train Grandmaster Scott who covered a variety of skills and concepts.Many people have worked hard to make this event become reality, especially all the members of Soo Shim Hapkido, without whom this event would not be possible. Tremendous support was lent by Master Daniel Lee, board member of Hanminjok Hapkido Sweden. In addition, the event was supported by the Swedish Hapkido Committee headed by Master Dick Skantz. Mentions also have to go to instructors Jonas Andersson, Mattias Karlsson, Jonny Edvinsson, Vicktor Olsson and Lars Strömbro for supporting at the event.