KHF



The Korea Hapkido Federation
An Overview of its History




By Scott Shaw

The birth of the Korea Hapkido Federation can be traced to Grandmaster Ji, Han Jae. In 1973 he brought together two other advanced masters of Hapkido: Kim, Moo Wong and Myung, Jae Nam -- both of these men were originally his students. They untied their individual Hapkido organizations and named the newly formed association, Daehan Hapkido Hyub Hae, The Republic of Korea Hapkido Federation.

Grandmaster Ji was the first founding master to leave this federation. Grandmaster Myung eventually left, as well. Upon his exit Grandmaster Ji reclaimed the organizational name he had used prior to this and called his new organization The Korea Hapkido Association. This was, however, the name also adopted by the remaining members of The Republic of Korea Hapkido Federation. The elected President of this Korea Hapkido Association was Park, Sung Chul. Through a long and oftentimes historically debated process of evolution, in 1988 a new organization emerged from the foundations of these previous groups. It was known, in English, as The Korea Hapkido Federation. Hapkido Grandmaster, Oh, Se Lim was elected its president. He remained the president of this organization until he retired from this position on 1 September 2008. He was replaced by Kim, Jong Yun.

Today, The Korea Hapkido Federation is the largest, wholly Hapkido, governing body for Hapkido in the world -- made up of predominately South Korean born students and instructors or those individuals who have directly trained in South Korea.

Historic Note: When The Korean Hapkido Association changed its name to The Korea Hapkido Federation, Park, Sung Chul, remained its president for a short period of time. For this reason, there are a few Hapkido practitioners, who received Black Belt dan ranking during this interim, who have their Korea Hapkido Federation dan certificates signed by President Park.

Another important point to note is that there is a separate organization based in Seoul, South Korea, The Korea Hapkido Association. Its President is Hwang, Duk Kyu. The Korea Hapkido Association uses a different logo -- the eagle. This organization can also trace its foundation to Grandmaster Ji, Han Jae.

You can also view the
History of the Korean Martial Arts section of this website for further information about the evolution of Hapkido.


Here is the list of KOREA HAPKIDO FEDERATION, non-Korean, certified Black Belts, at the rank of 4th dan and above, as of 1999.

4TH DAN
PHIPILE TAI-PA PINERD (FRANCE)
DIEGO FERNANDO RAMOS (COLOMBIA)
UWE NOLTING (GERMANY)
QUINTELIER PATRICK (BELGIUM)
MICHAEL BYRD (U.S.A.)
THOMAS HAUCH (GERMANY)
RONDY RAE MCKEE (U.S.A.)
JESUS CASTELLANOS PUEBLAS (SPAIN)
REZA VALI NEJAD (IRAN)
ROSE ANTONIO LAGIER (ARGENTINA)
BRUCE HOWES (AUSTRALIA)
MARK D HUME (U.S.A.)
MICHAEL RHOADES (U.S.A.)
ANTONIO MANUEL MARTINS FRAGA (PORTUGUESE)
JONATHAN KLEINEMAN (U.S.A.)
CHRIS PENNINGTON (AUSTRALIA)
KONRAD SPILLMAN (U.S.A.)
MOLLET REMI (FRANCE)
WADE LANGIN (CANADA)
PLORENTIN ANDRE (FRANCE)
PHAM MINH PHUOC (VIETNAM)
FABIAN DUQUE (COLOMBIA)
COUET RAPHAEL (FRANCE)
DALE A. WOODSIDE (AUSTRALIA)

5TH DAN
CHRISTIAN MEIER (U.S.A.)
FRANCISCO OSCAR TAJES (ARGENTINA)
LIVIO BALOCCO NICOLAY (U.S.A.)
RONALD C. GARLAND (U.S.A.)
ANDREW SANDS (AUSTRALIA)
JOHN GILL (AUSTRALIA)
 
6TH DAN
HECTOR ALDERETE (ARGENTINA)
SAMUEL G. PLUMB (United Kongdom)
 
7TH DAN
SCOTT SHAW (U.S.A.)
HOLCOMBE THOMAS (U.S.A.)
HAROLD L. WHALEN (U.S.A.)
JULIAN LIM (MALAYSIA)

Source: The Korea Hapkido Federation


There are over one-hundred kwans or schools of the martial arts registered and sanctioned by the Korea Hapkido Federation. Most of these schools are based in South Korea. Here is a list of some of the better known Korea Hapkido Federation Kwans.

Bong Moo Kwan
Chung Kyum Kwan
Chun Ji Kwan
Da Mool Moo Kwan
Dong Yi Kwan
Duk Moo Kwan
Eul Ji Kwan
Hak Moo Kwan
Han Moo Kwan
Huek Joo Kwan
Hyo Chun Kwan
In Moo Kwan
Jim Jung Kwan
Kang Moo Kwan
Ki Moo Kwan
Ki Sim Kwan
Koryo Chun Tong Moo Ye Won
Kuh Ho Kwan
Kuk Sool Kwan
Kum Moo Kwan
Kun Moo Kwan
Kwang Moo Kwan
Kyung Moo Kwan
Moo Moo Kwan
Mu Hak Kwan
Pyung Moo Kwan
Se Sim Kwan
Se Sung Kwan
Soo Do Kwan
Song Won Kwan
Soong Moo Kwan
So Rim Kwan
Tae Moo Kwan
Yon Bi Kwan
Yong Moo Kwan
Yoo Sool Kwan
Yoo Sung Kwan
Yun Moo Kwan