Bok Man Kim's 82nd Birthday Celebration and Founder's Classic Open Championships, hosted by Grandmaster Brad Shipp of Complete Martial Arts of Roseland, New Jersey. Grandmaster Shipp is the most senior student of Supreme Master Kim, and a very talented martial artist.On 30 November 2016, members of Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo travelled to New York & New Jersey to sightsee and attend Supreme Master
Nathan Hanson and Stephen Swope won gold medals in each category in which they competed. Stephen won gold for empty hand pattern, performing Keumgang, the 2nd dan pattern of Kukki Taekwondo; and for the first baton pattern of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo. Keumgang, being a pattern of few punches or kicks, is difficult to place with, so for Stephen to win gold was a welcome surprise!
Nathan won gold for empty hand pattern, performing In Kuhn Hyung of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo; for the 4th pole pattern of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo (Supreme Master Kim's favorite pole pattern); for breaking, in which he broke 1 board with reverse knifehand (ridgehand) and 1 board with reverse turning kick (spinning heel); and for sparring. The breaking competition was limited to 2 minutes to setup, and 2 attempts maximum at each station, without any setup between breaks, so they must have been completed in sequential motion.
Congratulations to Stephen and Nathan for their accomplishments at the Founder's Classic Open Championships in New Jersey and the World Chun Kuhn Taekwon Do Federation!
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