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Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association

The Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association teaches Chun Kuhn Taekwondo, the martial art founded by Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, one of the original founding pioneers of Taekwondo; and Kukkiwon/WTF Taekwondo, the martial art also known as Olympic-style Taekwondo, to children (5+) and adults.

Our classes incorporate both Chun Kuhn Taekwondo hyung and Kukkiwon/WTF poomsae instruction, as well as self-defense, weapons patterns, self-defense against weapons, step-sparring, free sparring, etc. We also try to have a bit of fun.

 

Latest Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association News

Taekwondo Pioneer Kim Bok-Man Wins International Book Award

Posted 4/13/2016

Bok Man Kim's latest award-winning book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)Bok Man Kim's latest award-winning book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)April 11 - Wichita, KS – Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man of Roseland has been recognized as a Winner in the 4th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. 

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), Supreme Master Kim's fourth book, reflects upon the history of Taekwon-Do through Grandmaster Kim’s personal photo collection spanning nearly 60 years, especially the art’s earliest and most pivotal events. Supreme Master Kim, one of the most influential and important pioneers of military Taekwon-Do, began his martial arts training in 1941 when he was 7 years old. By 1950, he had joined the Korean Army and in early 1955 was transferred to General Choi Hong Hi’s division before the new Korean art was named. He was a member of the first Taekwon-Do demonstration team to perform outside of Korea in Taiwan and Vietnam in 1959, and 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 develop the techniques and write the first English textbook, Gen. Choi’s Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence, published in 1965. Master Kim was a founding member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in March 1966, and every country where he demonstrated and set up Taekwon-Do organizations became founding nations. 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. For more than 60 years, Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man has been practicing, developing, teaching and promoting Taekwon-Do.

Master Kim teaches at Complete Martial Arts in Roseland, New Jersey.

"Winning a Beverly Hills International Book Award came as a big surprise," said Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man. "Master Swope did a very good job editing my book. He had many good ideas to make the book better. My history has never been told so completely or in such a novel way before," he added.

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art was

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Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) Recognized in 2015 USA Best Book Awards

Posted 11/24/2015

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man's Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art honored as a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book AwardsSupreme Master Kim Bok-Man's Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art honored as a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book AwardsSupreme Master Kim Bok-Man's latest book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), was named as a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards on November 12, 2015. This is Supreme Master Kim's second book to be selected as a Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards program.

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) is a historic photospective of Taekwon-Do through Grand Master Bok Man Kim's personal photo collection spanning nearly 60 years. Inside are hundreds of historic photographs of Supreme Master Kim and many other Taekwon-Do pioneers -- General Choi Hong-Hi, Grandmaster Nam Tae-Hi, Grandmaster Han Cha-Kyo, Master Woo Jae Lim, and Grandmaster Rhee Ki-Ha to name only a few -- each carefully dated and captioned to bring the history of Taekwon-Do to life. Many of the photographs have never been published before. Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective is printed in full color, although the earliest photographs are black-and-white, as expected.

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man's Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art honored as a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book AwardsSupreme Master Kim Bok-Man's Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art honored as a Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book AwardsMaster Mike Swope, General Secretary of the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation and President of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, played a large role in making Supreme Master Kim's photo history come alive. Master Swope edited the book and wrote the introduction, which catalogs Supreme Master Kim's life in Taekwon-Do, often with personal asides borrowed from his many discussions with Supreme Master Kim. Master Swope's brother, Grandmaster Stan Swope, Vice President of the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation, and Dr. George Vitale, a well-known historian of Taekwondo, provided additional support and assistance completing Supreme Master Kim's book.

GM Kim has published three earlier books about martial arts: Practical Taekwon-Do: Defenses Against Weapons (1979); Chun Kuhn Do: The Complete Wellness Art (Vol 1) (2002); and Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons (2012), which was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 USA Best Books Awards.

Congratulations to Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man and Master Mike Swope for their recent award for their efforts to preserve and share the history of Taekwon-Do.

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Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association Joins International Association of Martial Arts Schools

Posted 5/3/2015

The International Association of Martial Arts Schools (IAOMAS) logoThe International Association of Martial Arts Schools (IAOMAS) logoThe Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association today joined the International Association of Martial Arts Schools (IAOMAS), an online networking and member support system driven by the co-operation of Martial Arts schools worldwide. We became a member of IAOMAS, which is based in Perth Australia, because its mission is similar to our own: share our knowledge and learn from others to better ourselves as martial artists and people. As Colin Wee, Coordinator for IAOMAS, has said, "There is really no secret to be shared other than you must be who you seek. Be welcoming and friendly, and you shall increase the chance of finding those who would enjoy your company. Be any less, and unfortunately ... so will your experiences. There are many solid and upright individuals out there." The IAOMAS seeks to introduce the many solid and upright martial artists so that all benefit.

As a member of IAOMAS, the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association welcomes everyone regardless of affiliation or style to come train and share their knowledge with us. This mission is the same as Supreme Master Kim Bok Man's mission whenever he hosts a seminar, regardless of the location or country.

We look forward to being a member of IAOMAS and welcome any and all IAOMAS members to our humble training sessions.

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Supreme Master Bok Man Kim Publishes New Book: Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)

Posted 4/27/2015

Supreme Master Bok Man Kim will have a new book published during the 1st week of May 2015 in honor of Taekwon-Do's 60th Birthday. Taekwon-Do's accepted birth date is April 11, 1955. Supreme Master Kim Bok Man's newest book is available for sale directly from the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation web site at a 20% discount until the book goes to print the first week of May.

The book is available in three formats: 1) Standard trade paperback. 2) Standard trade hardcover. 3) Signed Premium Edition Limited to 100 copies worldwide.

Master Mike Swope has designed, researched and edited the captions, with the assistance of Master George Vitale, to ensure the accuracy of the information in the book and to correctly identify as many Taekwon-Do pioneers and world and civic leaders which appear throughout the book.

The official description of the book: "A personal historic photospective of Taekwon-Do through Grand Master Bok Man Kim's personal photo collection spanning nearly 60 years. Grand Master Kim's training in the martial arts began in 1941. By 1950, he had joined the Korean Army and was transferred to General Choi Hong Hi's division in early 1955 before the new Korean art was named, and advised Gen. Choi on many things related to Taekwon-Do. He drove Gen. Choi to the Naming Committee meetings where members would agree in 1955 to name the martial art "Tae Kwon Do" and recommend the name to then-president Syngman Rhee. Grand Master Kim was a member of the first Taekwon-Do demo team to perform outside of Korea in China and Vietnam in 1959. He helped Gen. Choi develop 15 of the Ch'ang Hon patterns and provided input on as many as four more. GM Kim helped Gen. Choi write the first English book about Taekwondo in 1963; Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence was published in 1965. GM Kim was a founding member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), and every country where he demonstrated and organized Taekwondo became member nations when it was founded in March 1966. GM Kim also lead the first ITF demonstration team in 1967. In 1978, GM Kim sponsored the 3rd Asian Taekwon-Do Championships in Hong Kong, which was sanctioned and promoted by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Ten years later, Taekwondo would be a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. GM Kim has starred in two feature films in Hong Kong in 1973 and appeared in as many as three earlier films. GM Kim has published three earlier books about martial arts: Practical Taekwon-Do: Defenses Against Weapons (1979); Chun Kuhn Do: The Complete Wellness Art (2002); and Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons (2012), which was selected as a Best Books Award Finalist by U.S. Book News. TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) takes readers through the history of Taekwon-Do as seen through Grand Master Kim's photographs."

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)

Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Pages: 240
Size: 8.5 x 11 in.
Format: Trade Paperback
Format: HardbackTaekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) Publication Date: May 1, 2015 Pages: 240 Size: 8.5 x 11 in. Format: Trade Paperback Format: Hardback

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)

Publication Date:
May 1, 2015

Pages: 240
Size: 8.5 x 11 in.
Format: Trade Paperback
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Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)

Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Pages: 240
Size: 8.5 x 11 in.
Format: Signed Limited Premium EditionTaekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) Publication Date: May 1, 2015 Pages: 240 Size: 8.5 x 11 in. Format: Signed Limited Premium EditionTaekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)

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Supreme Master & Taekwondo Pioneer Bok Man Kim to Teach "Defense Against Weapons" Seminar in Denver, Colorado to Celebrate Taekwondo's 60th Birthday

Posted 2/15/2015

Taekwondo Weapons Defense seminar  flyer with Grandmaster Bok Man Kim to be held in Denver, CO, April 11, 2015. Click for more informationTaekwondo Weapons Defense seminar flyer with Grandmaster Bok Man Kim to be held in Denver, CO, April 11, 2015. Click for more informationIntegrity Martial Arts and the U.S. Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association will sponsor Taekwondo Pioneer and legend Grandmaster Bok Man Kim's "Taekwondo Weapons Defense" seminar in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, April 11, 2015 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the birth of Taekwondo. Taekwondo, proposed by General Hong Hi Choi, was named by committee on April 11, 1955.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet and train with one of the fathers and most senior living pioneer of Taekwondo!

Saturday, April 11
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carbon Valley Recreation Center
451 Oak Street
Frederick, CO 80530

Grandmaster Kim will teach defenses against knife, pistol, baton, and sword.

Grandmaster Bok Man Kim will also share first-hand knowledge, stories and military Taekwondo experience during this extensive weapons defense seminar.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to get signed copies of Grandmaster Kim’s book, Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons.

Grandmaster Bok Man Kim's history with Taekwondo reaches back to before the art was named. As one of General Choi's "supermen," Grandmaster Bok Man Kim helped develop the patterns and techniques taught in the martial art and martial sport taught around the world today. Grandmaster Kim was the first person to have "Taekwondo Instructor" listed as an occupation in his Passport. Master Kim introduced Taekwondo to many of the countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sarawak, Palau and the Philippines. Grandmaster Kim helped develop and provided input on as many as 19 of the 24 first Korean patterns taught in Taekwondo. As a trusted leader and martial artist, he advised General Choi for more than 14 years -- from 1955 to 1968 -- about the development and promotion of Taekwondo during what some call the Taekwondo's "golden years."

For more information about this once-in-a-lifetime seminar, click here.

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Master Mike Swope's "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk Chil Jang" Appears in Totally Taekwondo Magazine

Posted 12/7/2014

Master Mike Swope's "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk 7" appears in Totally Taekwondo, Issue #66, August 2014Master Mike Swope's "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk 7" appears in Totally Taekwondo, Issue #66, August 2014In "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk Chil Jang," published in Totally Taekwondo magazine in August 2014, Master Mike Swope writes, "Dr. Bruce Clayton, a 7th Dan in Shotokan Karate, tells a parable. On a shelf in his office, Dr. Clayton has a flowerpot. It is round, hard and hollow, and surprisingly heavy, he says. He displays a small spray of flowers in it. He might hand it to you and ask you to think of as many uses for the flowerpot as you can. You might tell him that it can also be a paperweight, a croquet ball, a one-note flute, a hammer of sorts, etc. He will correct you and ask you to think of as many uses for it as a weapon as you can. You then might tell him that you can use the pot as a bludgeon, throw it at someone, drop it into a sock and use it as a blackjack, tie two of them together to make a bola, and many more uses as a weapon. All might be effective, even creative, uses of the heavy flowerpot. You would have many options. Then he tells you that the heavy flowerpot is not a flowerpot at all but a hand grenade. How would you use the object then, he would ask. You would tell him that you pull the pin and throw it. Afterward, he says, all the other applications, although creative and interesting, pale by comparison. And you certainly wouldn't use the grenade for croquet. 'Why not?' he asks. 'Because the real application is so dramatic and so effective that it absolutely trumps the make-believe applications.'”

Master Mike Swope's "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk 7" appears in Totally Taekwondo Issue #66, August 2014. Photos feature Mr. Jeramie Swope.Master Mike Swope's "A Hand Grenade in Taegeuk 7" appears in Totally Taekwondo Issue #66, August 2014. Photos feature Mr. Jeramie Swope.In his article, Master Swope reveals a "hand grenade" he discovered in Taegeuk 7. "One day, while teaching Taegeuk 7, I had an epiphany about the transition between movements 7/8 and 9/10 in Taegeuk 7. Or as Dr. Clayton might say, I discovered a 'hand grenade.' Although a dip of the shoulders is a creative and interesting way to chamber for a (supposedly) more powerful backfist, that method is completely ineffective and antithesis to the generation of power in Taekwondo. The transition must be performed in the manner specified by the Kukkiwon and exhibited by the best competitors as a distinct technique, not a mere transition or chamber, and certainly not just for competition. I believed I understood why...But I wasn't ready to remove the flowers yet. I tested the 'hand grenade' with my son, my frequent collaborator and willing test dummy, and likewise with my master instructor during class. The grenade silently passed these dojang tests."

Read Master Swope's article about the "hand grenade" in Taegeuk 7 in Totally Taekwondo, Issue #66, August 2014. Totally Taekwondo is available for sale on an issue-per-issue basis, or by subscription. Totally Taekwondo was founded and is edited by Stuart Anslow, 4th Dan, in the United Kingdom.

 

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Totally Taekwondo Magazine Publishes Article about the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association Logo

Posted 12/7/2014

Totally Taekwondo Totally Taekwondo magazine, Issue #70, Dec 2014Totally Taekwondo magazine, Issue #70, Dec 2014mMaster Mike Swope's article about the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association logo as it appears in Totally Taekwondo magazineMaster Mike Swope's article about the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association logo as it appears in Totally Taekwondo magazineagazine published an article by Master Mike Swope, a graphic designer, in their December 2014 issue. Totally Taekwondo  is a digital magazine, available for purchase by individual issue or by subscription. Totally Taekwondo  was founded and is edited by Stuart Anslow, 4th Dan, in the United Kingdom. The magazine is read by thousands around the world.

Master Swope designed the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association logo to reflect the spirit and purpose of the Association and the history of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo. The final design was selected with the help of Mr. Jeramie Swope, Technical Director of the Association, and with feedback from the first Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo students and parents. The study published in Totally Taekwondo represents the thought processes and research behind the features of the Association logo.

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Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Student Wins Grand Champion at Air Capital Taekwondo Martial Arts Festival

Posted 12/7/2014

Stephen Swope, 10, and N. D. Hanson, 12, of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association pose with their Grand Champion Bokken (wooden sword) and gold and silver medals received at the Air Capital Taekwondo Hammadang Martial Arts Festival, Nov. 8, 2014Stephen Swope, 10, and N. D. Hanson, 12, of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association pose with their Grand Champion Bokken (wooden sword) and gold and silver medals received at the Air Capital Taekwondo Hammadang Martial Arts Festival, Nov. 8, 2014Stephen Swope, N. D. Hanson, Mr. Jeramie Swope and Master Mike Swope attended and competed in in the Air Capital Taekwondo Martial Arts Festival in Andover, Kansas, on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

Stephen, 10, a Recommend Black Belt in Kukkiwon Taekwondo, won Grand Champion in the Jumping High Kick event.

Swope, a student of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, also received gold medals in empty hand patterns and standing high kick events. Swope received a silver medal for his weapons pattern.

N. D. Hanson, 12, green belt in the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, received gold medals for power breaking, empty hand sparring, empty hand pattern, and weapons pattern. Hanson also received silver medals for weapons sparring and speed kicking.

Mr. Jeramie Swope, Technical Director of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, received gold medals for power breaking and empty hand pattern, and a silver medal for weapons pattern.

Master Mike Swope, President of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association, received gold medals for empty hand pattern and weapons pattern.

Photos and videos of the martial arts festival are posted on the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Facebook page.

The Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association teaches traditional Chun Kuhn Taekwondo and sport Taekwondo to children and adults while encouraging respect, cooperation and the exchange of ideas between all martial arts to promote a healthy lifestyle and the physical, mental and social benefits of practicing the martial arts.

Air Capital Taekwondo is located in Andover, Kansas.

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Supreme Master and Taekwondo Technical Founder Bok Man Kim Conducts Seminar and Presides Over Belt Test in Derby, Kansas

Posted 12/7/2014

Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, Master Mike Swope, Mr. Jeramie Swope, Mr. Patrick Marlowe and Mrs. Marlowe pose with students after belt testing on Nov. 22, 2014Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, Master Mike Swope, Mr. Jeramie Swope, Mr. Patrick Marlowe and Mrs. Marlowe pose with students after belt testing on Nov. 22, 2014Supreme Master Bok Man Kim spent Nov. 18 - Nov. 24 with Master Mike Swope and Mr. Jeramie Swope and students of the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association. Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, founder of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo and the most senior living pioneer of military Taekwon-Do, spent almost a week updating the techniques of instructors and students, while also teaching them the Bong Chun Gun baton pattern, helping them perfect their Silla pole pattern and Jahng Chun Gun 4 pole pattern. While he was in Kansas, SM Kim conducted a small seminar for Mr. Patrick Marlowe, 3rd Dan, who teaches the ITF Ch'ang Hon empty hand patterns in Derby, on Nov. 21. SM Kim also presided over Mr. Marlowe's belt test on Saturday, Nov. 22. Visit the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Facebook page for photos from SM Kim's November 2014 visit.

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Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association: Photos at the Falls

Posted 7/5/2014

 

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Photos at the Falls
Sunday, August 24, 2014
8 AM - 4 PM
1801 E. James St.
Derby, KS

 


 

Stoke the Martial Artist in You or Your Family!

$20/person for photographs with a beautiful outdoor setting with 2 backgrounds: on a rock with trees close behind or in front of a waterfall and sparkling pool. Wear your martial arts uniform and bring any props you desire, including weapons and friends.

Two students can reserve two slots and get individual photos and photos together...performing self-defense techniques has worked well in the past for example.

 

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Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Students Strike Gold at 2014 Mid-Continent Martial Arts Open Championships

Posted 2/24/2014

Five students  -- Carlen Otts, Vincent Murillo, Stephen Swope, Mike Brogdin and Jeramie Swope -- who practice Chun Kuhn Taekwondo brought home 12 medals between them from the 2014 Mid-Continent Martial Arts Open Championships held in Andover, Kansas on February 22, 2014.

 

  • Carlen Otts (Chun Kuhn Taekwondo) placed 1st in Weapons Patterns, 1st in Forms and 3rd in Olympic Sparring. 
  • Vincent Murillo (Chun Kuhn Taekwondo) placed 1st in Weapons Patterns, 1st in Poomsae and 2nd in Olympic Sparring.
  • Stephen Swope (Chun Kuhn Taekwondo) placed 1st in Weapons Patterns and 2nd in Poomsae.
  • Mike Brogdin (Chun Kuhn Taekwondo weapons) placed 1st in Adult Weapons Patterns.
  • Jeramie Swope (Chun Kuhn Taekwondo) placed 1st in Adult Weapons Patterns and 2nd in Adult Poomsae. Jeramie also received Grand Champion for Adult Weapons Patterns.

 

The 2014 Mid-Continent Open was sponsored by Air Capital Taekwondo in Andover, Kansas.

The Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association teaches Chun Kuhn Taekwondo, a traditional martial art which includes weapons training, and Kukkiwon Taekwondo, a martial art focused on competition, to children (ages 5+) and all ages of adults. For more information, contact the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association.

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Totally Tae Kwon Do Publishes Article About Black Eagle Martial Arts Student

Posted 11/3/2013

November 2013 issue Totally Tae Kwon Do #57Click to view 2 pages of article about Lexi MullenTotally Tae Kwon Do has published an article about a Black Eagle Martial Arts student, Lexi Mullen, in the November 2013 issue. Lexi started taking Taekwondo at Black Eagle Martial Arts for the same reasons many of the pioneers of Taekwondo started learning the martial arts: to defend herself against bullies and attack. In Lexi's case, it is unfortunate that the school system failed her for a whole school year to investigate and punish the students who bullied her, despite all the hype in the school system about bully prevention, etc. So Lexi's mother enrolled her at Black Eagle Martial Arts. You can read the rest of Lexi's story in the November 2013 issue of Totally Tae Kwon Do, available for purchase online. The article was written and submitted to Totally Tae Kwon Do by Mr. Mike Swope, an instructor at Black Eagle Martial Arts.

Included with Lexi's article are two additional but related articles about the self-defense Lexi learned and used to defend herself and an article describing the parallels between Lexi's reason for learning Taekwondo and the pioneers of Taekwondo, and the lifelong impact of the martial arts on their lives, such as Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, who turns 80 years old in December 2013.

Totally Tae Kwon Do Magazine Publishes Mr. Mike Swope's Review of Richard Chun & Doug Cook's Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo & Koryo

Posted 10/5/2013

Grandmaster Richard Chun & Master Doug Cook's Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo book coverTotally Tae Kwon Do magazine Issue #56  with Mr. Mike Swope's review of Richard Chun & Doug Cooks Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo & KoryoMr. Mike Swope's in-depth review of Grandmaster Richard Chun and Master Doug Cook's Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo & Koryo appears in Totally Tae Kwon Do, Issue 56, October 2013. Chun and Cook's book was released in July 2013. Mr. Swope's review examines the book in detail. Part I of the book, Mr. Swope notes, covers a lot of ground, setting the stage for the rest of the book. Part I covers the history of Asian martial arts and Tae Kwon Do, theorizes about the development of poomsae, and discusses hidden or embedded techniques as a common feature of patterns. Part II covers most of the techniques used in the patterns. The book thus provides readers with no previous experience a solid foundation about Tae Kwon Do and patterns in general, before presenting the patterns in Part III and IV. Part V and VI teaches the combat applications of some of the sequences in Original Koryo and Koryo. Many readers may find this feature interesting. Combat application study has been an increasingly hot topic in the martial arts as instructors have gotten farther and farther from the source, likely not to have been taught some of the hidden or embedded techniques in some of the patterns they practice and teach. Mr. Swope recommends Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Kory to all WTF/Kukki Tae Kwon Do students and instructors. Read Mr. Swope's full review in Totally Tae Kwon Do Magazine >

Chun Kuhn Do Tae Kwon Do Book Signing & Seminar with Grandmaster Kim Bok Man Successful Beyond Expectations

Posted 9/26/2013

Grandmaster Kim Bok Man demonstrates a blocking technique at the Chun Kuhn Do Seminar on Sept 21 & 22, 2013The recent book signing and seminar with Grandmaster Kim Bok Man and Grandmaster Brad Shipp of the World Chun Kuhn Do Federation was successful beyond our expectations. Grandmaster Kim, one of the pioneering masters of Tae Kwon Do in the 1950s who worked with General Choi to develop techniques and patterns for the new Korean martial art, says that Chun Kuhn Do Tae Kwon Do is "advanced" Tae Kwon Do. Chun Kuhn Do Tae Kwon Do is designed to be practical and useful with natural stances and movements in relation to one's body. Chun Kuhn Do Tae Kwon Do also incorporates weapons. Chun Kuhn Do translates from Korean to English to mean "Complete Wellness Art." The techniques developed by Grandmaster Kim Bok Man are a result of his 3 years of combat experience during the Korean War. Grandmaster Kim is listed as the man who fought in the most battles during the Korean War by the South Korean government.

Grandmaster Kim Bok Man's book Taekwondo: Defense Against WeaponsGrandmaster Kim Bok Man's book signing and demonstration took place at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Wichita, Kansas. Grandmaster Kim's Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons was released in 2012 by YMAA Publications and was a finalist for a Best Book of the Year Award from USA Book News. So the book signing and demonstration was scheduled to promote the only book of its kind about Tae Kwon Do. Believe it or not, this was Grandmaster Kim Bok Man's first book signing! Barnes & Noble management reports that Grandmaster Kim's book signing was the most successful book signing they have had at the store for as long as they can remember.

Grandmaster Kim Bok Man inscribed Mr. Swope's book with his Korean name, the first time he has signed his name in Korean in more than 50 years.Attendees of the recent seminar got a taste of the challenging yet rewarding techniques of Chun Kuhn Do Tae Kwon Do on the first day of the seminar. After a rewarding warm-up, Grandmaster Kim and Grandmaster Shipp lead the students through hand and kicking drill combinations. One thing about Chun Kuhn Do is that it promotes multiple techniques, often 3 or more. After the drills, Grandmaster Shipp and other Chun Kuhn Do Federation members demonstrated a sword, a baton and pole patterns to whet an appetite for the second day. Attendees also received a complimentary copy of Grandmaster Kim's Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons, which Grandmaster Kim graciously signed for attendees. Another first occurred during the signing of the books. Mr. Mike Swope asked Grandmaster Kim to sign in Korean; after a moment, Grandmaster Kim inscribed his name in Korean, the first time he had done so in more than 50 years!

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Black Eagle Martial Arts Established Book Collections at Derby Public Library and Haysville Community Library

Posted 9/15/2013

Master Decou, Mister Swope & Mister Schenk present the Derby Public Library and Haysville Community Library with the first donations to create the Black Eagle Martial Arts Collection at each libraryOn September 6, representatives from Black Eagle Martial Arts established book collections at both the Derby Public Library and the Haysville Community Library. Right: Master Richard Decou, Mister Mike Swope and Mister Darrel Schenk present eight books about the martial art of Tae Kwon Do to the Derby Public Library (top) and seven books to the Haysville Community Library (bottom).

The Black Eagle Martial Arts Collection came about because Mr. Swope, while at the Derby Public Library one day, investigated the martial arts section and discovered that there were only a few books about the martial arts in the Derby catalog. Mr. Swope then contacted Mr. Schenk, who likewise checked the Haysville Community Library. Both Mr. Schenk and Mr. Swope were happy to find, however, that while the martial arts are under-represented at both libraries, the Haysville Community Library owns a copy of Richard Chun's Tae Kwon Do: The Korean Martial Art, a popular classic book about Tae Kwon Do.

After conferring with Master Decou, it was decided that Black Eagle Martial Arts could serve the community and the libraries by donating the best books about the martial arts to the libraries. It was decided that Black Eagle Martial Arts could donate 5-10 books for the first donation, and then make other donations periodically as funds allow.

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Color Belt Breaking Seminar by Master S. C. Swope A Great Success

Posted 7/18/2013

Master S. C. Swope breaks a baseball bat with his shin during a demonstrationMaster Stan Swope recently taught an advanced red and black belt breaking seminar and color belt breaking seminar at Black Eagle Martial Arts. At the color belt seminar, Master Swope discussed basic fundamentals of breaking appropriate for all color belt ranks. Students had ample opportunity to break with various techniques for practical application. All colored belt students benefited from this seminar with Master Swope. Master Swope has more than 20 years of experience in Tae Kwon Do and has been recognized for breaking boards, patio blocks, and other materials. After the seminar, students were easily much more confident, a confidence which was evident at the Black Eagle Old Settlers Demonstration in late August.

Totally Taekwondo Magazine Publishes Part 3 of Mr. Swope's "An Artifact of Tae Kwon Do History: Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do"

Posted 7/4/2013

Totally Taekwondo magazine caters to all styles of Tae Kwon Do

Totally Taekwondo magazine, which publishes articles of interest to all styles of Tae Kwon Do, has published the third and final installment of Mr. Mike Swope's article about Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's classic text Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do, published in 1968. In the article, Mr. Swope explains how Grandmaster Son's book reveals the Japanese and Okinawan roots of Tae Kwon Do through Shotokan Karate and Funakoshi Gichin. According to Mr. Swope, the book may also be a deeply rooted response to historical events which saw his influence in the Chung Do Kwan diminish in the 1950s, until he immigrated to the United States in 1963, where he wrote his first book, Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do. In Part 1, Mr. Swope discusses how the famous cover photo of Grandmaster Son punching the Kwon Go, or makiwara, unwittingly reveals the lineage back to Japan and Okinawa, and how the Pyong An patterns reveal the same, since they are practiced in Shotokan Karate, which originated in Okinawa. In Part 2, Mr. Swope discusses the early chapters of the book, Grandmaster Son's philosophy and fundamentals, as he taught them in Korea at the Chung Do Kwan, the first and most influential of the early Korean martial arts schools, and how they apply yet today, 45 years later, to all styles of Tae Kwon Do. In Part 3, Mr. Swope discusses Grandmaster Son's training curriculum, including warm-ups, patterns, three step sparring, practical application, free sparring, and additional exercises and equipment, including breaking. Subscribe to Totally Taekwondo today!

Advanced Breaking Seminar with Master S. C. Swope for Red & Black Belts Only - Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, 2013

Posted 6/14/2013

  • Master Stan Swope (Master S. C. Swope) breaks concrete with a ridgehand strikeMaster S. C. Swope
  • Sat. & Sun., June 29 and 30
  • 4:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Red & Black Belts Only
  • Black Eagle Martial Arts Dojang in Derby, Kansas
    Towne Center Shopping Center
    230 W Greenway
    Derby, Kansas 67037
    Phone: (316) 788-3009
  • $40 per Student
  • Each Student Will Break Up to 30 Pieces of Wood During the Seminar

All Black Eagle Martial Arts red belts and black belts are expected to attend the advanced breaking seminar on 6/29 and 6/30. Breaking is an important part of our art, especially during testing, and all will benefit greatly from the seminar with Master Swope. He has more than 20 years experience breaking boards, patio blocks, and other materials. It's not every day students get to break 30 boards, either. The seminar will make you a better student and instructor, too, as part of the USAT requirements for black belts.

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Book Signing and Seminar with Grandmaster Kim Bok Man: Early Tae Kwon Do Pioneer, Founder & Author - Sept. 20, 21 & 22, 2013

Posted 6/12/2013

Register today for Grandmaster (Supreme Master) Kim Bok Man's Tae Kwon Do Seminar in September 2013Grandmaster Kim Bok Man will be signing copies of Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons on Sept. 20, 2013Black Eagle Martial Arts will be hosting Supreme Master Kim Bok Man and his assistant, Grandmaster Brad Shipp, from September 19 thru September 23, 2013 for a once-in-a-lifetime book signing and 2-day Martial Arts Seminar on September 20, 21 & 22. Grandmaster Kim is an early Tae Kwon Do pioneer who worked with General Choi, founder of Tae Kwon Do, to create many of the techniques unique to Tae Kwon Do and develop 16 of the original 24 Ch'ang Hon patterns.


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Black Eagle Martial Arts Teaches Women's Self-Defense at McConnell Air Force Base

Posted 5/5/2013

Black Eagle Martial Arts instructors Master Pat Harms and Mr. Mike Swope demonstrate and discuss a release from a wrist grab during a self-defense seminar at McConnell Air Force BaseOn April 25, 2013 Black Eagle Martial Arts taught a women's self-defense class to a small women's group at McConnell Air Force Base. Mr. Mike Swope, Master Pat Harms and Master James Hartness taught the seminar. The class, originally scheduled for 45 minutes, lasted nearly 2 hours, which provided opportunity for the women to practice the techniques and principles they were learning. The instructors taught basic self-defense techniques, such as escapes from wrist grabs, lapel grabs and chokes, and demonstrated strikes to select vital points as follow-up after an escape or release.

Photos of the seminar are posted on the Black Eagle Facebook page.

Totally Tae Kwon Do publishes Part 2 of Mr. Swope's Book Review/4th Dan Essay about Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do

Posted 5/5/2013

Totally Tae Kwon Do publishes Mr. Swope's article about Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's book Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon DoDuk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon DoTotally Tae Kwon Do published Part 2 of Mr. Swope's Book Review/4th Dan Essay about Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do in their May 2012 issue. Mr. Swope's thesis reveals that Grandmaster Son's book is an artifact of early Tae Kwon Do. Grandmaster Son was a member of the committee which eventually gave Tae Kwon Do its name. Under his leadership, the Chung Do Kwan, founded by Won Kuk Lee before the end of World War II, became the largest and most influential of the early schools teaching martial art in Korea. When he moved to the United States, Grandmaster Son immediately began teaching Tae Kwon Do, and a few short years later published his first book, Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do. This first book reveals much about the roots of Tae Kwon Do, the early philosophy and fundamentals of the art, and how the art was taught at the Chung Do Kwan. Totally Tae Kwon Do will publish the final part of Mr. Swope's article in June 2013.

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Totally Taekwondo Publishes Part One of Mr. Swope's Review of Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's First Book Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do

Posted 4/2/2013

Totally Tae Kwon Do digital magazine publishes Part One of Mr. Swope's review of Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon DoTotally Taekwondo Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's first book, Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Dodigital magazine published Part One of Mr. Mike Swope's Book Review/4th Dan Essay  about Grandmaster Duk Sung Son's Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do in their April 2013 issue. In his essay/review, Mr. Swope argues that Grandmaster Son's book is an artifact which reveals some of the history of Tae Kwon Do. Grandmaster Son was present at the "birth" of Tae Kwon Do in 1955 as a member of the naming committee, which included General Choi Hong Hi and Nam Tae Hi. Although General Choi is often called the "Father of Tae Kwon Do," Grandmaster Son lead the largest and most powerful of the early kwans which taught the martial art that would become Tae Kwon Do. When he immigrated to the United States in 1963, Grandmaster Son began teaching Tae Kwon Do in Central Park in New York City, the same martial art he taught in Korea. In 1968, five years later, Grandmaster Son published his first book, Korean Karate: The Art of Tae Kwon Do. In his review/essay, Mr. Swope explains how the patterns in Grandmaster Son's book reveals the evolution of Okinawa-te and karate into "Korean Karate," or Tae Kwon Do. Part Two of Mr. Swope's review will be published in the May 2013 issue of Totally Taekwondo.

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First Evening of Women's Self-Defense Class

Posted 3/12/2013

Masters Decou and Hartness work one-on-one with students in the women's self-defense classBlack Eagle Martial Arts women's self-defense classes started Monday evening, March 11. The class is unique in several ways.

The class is progressive and each class builds on the one before, teaching women assorted self-defense techniques and giving them plenty of time to practice them so they become proficient. Most women's self-defense classes last only a few hours with little time to practice and become proficient.

The women's self-defense class is informal. There are no special uniforms or equipment to purchase. Women should wear comfortable clothing. Women should also expect to have a good time.

The class is affordable. Classes for March 2013 are FREE! Thereafter, classes are only $10 per class, or $30 per month.

There isn't any reason not to attend Black Eagle Martial Arts' women's self-defense class, especially when you, your daughter and your girl friends can enjoy all the classes in March for FREE.

Check out the videos and photos of the women's self-defense class on the Black Eagle Martial Arts Facebook page.

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Women's Self Defense Classes starting March 11, 2013

Posted 2/25/2013

Women ages 14 and up.
Monday’s @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.
$10 per Class or $30 per Month
Introductory Offer: March Classes Free
No Joiner Fees / No Contract Required / No Special Uniform Required
Learn at your own speed - JUST COME TO LEARN!!

Referral Offer: Refer 4 friends = 1 Month Free

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Black Eagle Instructor's Review of Advancing in Tae Kwon Do by Grandmaster Richard Chun Published in Totally Tae Kwon Do

Posted 1/27/2013

Richard Chun's Advancing in Tae Kwon Do (2nd Edition)Totally TaeKwonDo Magazine February 2013 cover

Totally Tae Kwon Do, an online digital magazine, has published Mr. Mike Swope's review of Grandmaster Richard Chun's book Advancing in Tae Kwon Do (2nd Edition) in their February 2013 issue. "I am happy to have another review appear in Totally Tae Kwon Do," said Mr. Swope, an instructor at Black Eagle Martial Arts in Derby, KS. Totally Tae Kwon Do publishes articles and information on all facets of the art, whether ITF, WTF and independents. For example, in recent issues, Totally TaeKwonDo has published an interview with Dr. He-Young Kimm, a noted Korean historian, about the early history and evolution of Tae Kwon Do; and a series of a articles titled "Lessons from the General," produced from notes by an attendee of several of General Choi Hong Hi's seminars. Totally TaeKwonDo also publishes articles on self-defense, instruction, physical fitness, and martial spirit, to name only a few.

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