This year began with the 2016 ASMKA Leadership Conference, which was held January 20 through 24, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. Instructors came from throughout the United States to rediscover their commitment to the American Song Moo Kwan Association. Most notable was Grand Master Raymond Cagle of Dojoku – The Dojang in North Carolina; and, Senior Master Rizwan Mustafa Zubairi who took a month off to come to the United States to train with ASMKA President, Grand Master Kirk Koskella, and Seowon Fighting Tigers host, Raymond Smith, sharing ideas, goals and technical skills that now reach the other side of the world.
Senior Master Rizwan Mustafa Zubairi, Grand Master Kirk Koskella and Grandmaster Raymond Smith.
The ability to exchange ideas is not only on the mat. Understanding our brothers and sisters of the martial arts – the world over – is paramount to assuring the success of returning to traditional roots established under the Song Moo Kwan.
As a part of this Leadership Conference, those instructors participating were also able to pick up a broom, mop and paintbrush to add their personal touches to Song Moo Kwan’s Seowon Global Masters Academy.
In the coming year, there will be three more opportunities to exchange ideas and map individual school goals, while working to enhance the individual skill-set of each participant.
The expertise demonstrated by Grand Master Cagle (North Carolina) in the successful operation of his 16,000 square foot facility for the past 10 years provided an opportunity to discuss the differences from the original training offered by traditional instructors in years past. Learning to balance the needs of each community, within the paradigm of today’s clientele, assuring the personal needs of the instructor base in achieving their goals of running a full-time, financially successful martial arts facility.
While cross-training in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kumdo and Kung Fu, participants learned of the thought processes behind each art form; thereafter, understanding defenses, then executing counter-attacks properly when confronted with opponents of other systems.
Selection of photos from the Leadership Conference
Building upon the successes of this 2016 ASMKA Leadeship Conference, Senior Grand Master Hee Sang Ro has offered to Senior Master Zubairi the opportunity to officially represent Song Moo Kwan in Pakistan and join the effort of restoring the Song Moo Kwan family ties existing throughout the world.
Congratulations to Senior Master Rizwan Mustafa Zubairi! You, too, can become a Song Moo Kwan Representative. The American Song Moo Kwan Association is here to assist. The World Song Moo Kwan Association is you window to the world.
April is our next opportunity for you to join in. Call to reserve your space now. (480) 656-8318 phone; (480) 656-8389 fax.