[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Taekwondo Grand Master Nguyễn Kim Châu and the global brand of Kang Duk Won Moo Do are at last receiving a warm welcome into the World Kangdukwon Federation community. It has not been easy. After decades of struggle and out of sheer dedication to the sport and its masters, students of Kang Duk Won Moo Do today are spreading the art across four continents of the world.
Kangdukwon Taekwondo was introduced to Vietnam in 1966 by Great Grand Master Ahn Gun Soon who as early as 1953 had trained with Great Grandmaster Hwa Chong when both were students at Kwangju Jaeil High School. From 1966 to 1969, Korean Army Captain Ahn Gun Soon and Captain Kim Tae Sup were assigned to teach Taekwondo to Vietnamese troops, including the future head of Kangdukwon in Vietnam, Nguyễn Kim Châu.
Patrick Harrigan, the WKF spokesman responsible for communicating with Vietnam since 2016, says, “We salute Grand Master Chau and all his colleagues who have persevered in carrying the torch of authentic Kang Duk Won training and philosophy, even under the most challenging circumstances. There is no parallel among Kang Duk Won masters anywhere.”
“There is much more to Kangdukwon Moo Do than mere fighting. We learn life-changing values that deepen and grow over time, like discipline and respect for others, including our opponents in a match. Yes, we learn to respect even strangers and foreigners,” says Grand Master Nguyễn Kim Châu.
“There is much more to Kangdukwon Moo Do than mere fighting. We learn life-changing values that deepen and grow over time, like discipline and respect for others, including our opponents in a match.”—Nguyễn Kim Châu, Grand Master
“Our Kang Duk Won Moo Do students learn to compete against each other and against outsiders. Finally, we are competing against ourselves,” says Grand Master Châu.”Our Kang Duk Won Moo Do students learn to compete against each other and against outsiders. Finally, we are competing against ourselves,” says Grand Master Châu. “Our mission as a school is to train exemplary patriots and world citizens.”
Above center: Grand Master and Technical Director of Hoshinsul Department Do Quang Trung (at center), 8th Dan Kangdukwon, 5th Dan Hapkido and 5th dan in traditional martial arts of Vietnam
“Our mission is to train exemplary patriots and world citizens.”— Grand Master Nguyễn Kim Châu
Huy-Tung Chieu, born in Vietnam in 1970, began his Taekwondo training in Vietnam at the age of 11 at Ho Xuan Huong Club. Introductory Kang Duk Won Moo Do to learn Hoshinsul training for Security Bodyguards. Then promoted to the 5th Dan level in 1997. Master Huy-Tung went to the USA to continue teaching Taekwondo. And from 2017 training more Hoshinsul.
Today Huy-Tung Chieu is an 8th Dan Taekwondo master based at Youth Taekwondo Center in Santa Ana, California with more than forty years of experience in practicing, training and teaching Taekwondo in Vietnam and the USA.
In 1981, at age eleven, Huy-Tung began studying Taekwondo at Ho Xuan Huong Club in Vietnam. During this time, Tung won multiple awards at championship tournaments. In 1995, after his instructor Truong Van Hai emigrated to USA, Huy-Tung Chieu studied Kangdukwon Taekwondo under Grand Master Chau who is holding 9th Dan in Kangdukwon Taekwondo.
Above: Grand Master Do Quang Trung, 8th Dan Kang Duk Won Hoshinsul and students, 2019
Master Nguyen Quang Cuong, 6th Dan