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AMERICAN MOO DUK KWAN SOCIETY

FACT SHEET

INTRODUCTION

The American MooDukKwan  Society is a worldwide martial arts organization dedicated to community improvement through personal development.  The AMS emphasizes ethical problem-solving and self-discipline by means of a rigorous physical and mentally challenging curriculum.

American MooDukKwan is a progressive, eclectic martial art system  incorporating concepts and principles from several ancient combative styles, including principally:

TaeKwonDo; which evolved over 2,000 years and was formalized in 1945 as the Korean national sport.

Aikido; which was most recently formalized around 1945 in Japan.  Aikido is a distillate of Jujutsu (unarmed wrestling & striking techniques) and kenjutsu (sword fighting).  Aikido emphasizes a blending of forces by which the practitioner unbalances an attacker and controls the direction and degree of applied forces.

We also integrate techniques from the following disciplines:

Kenjutsu - Japanese fencing

Iaido - Japanese swordsmanship

Karate - empty hand fighting

Judo - ground fighting

American Freestyle Wrestling

American Freestyle Karate

Western Boxing

HISTORY

MooDukKwan was introduced to America in 1964 when Richard Chun, a graduate of the MBA program at Long Island University, began teaching in New York city.  A Korean national champion himself, Dr. Chun produced several American students of national caliber and was honored by Black Belt magazine as Instructor of the Year in 1979.  In addition to earning his Ph.D. in education, he has written four texts on the subject of MooDukKwan - TaeKwonDo.

Mr. Jimmy Diaz (one of Dr. Chun's students) moved to Miami in 1970 and began teaching MooDukKwan at Miami Beach through the community school program.  Mr. Diaz produced over 20 black belt students before his death in April of 1983.

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