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Founded in 2018 by Grandmaster Jeff Schare and guided into fruition with the help of Grandmaster Robert Frankovich, the World Song Moo Kwan Federation provides rank certification, seminars, curriculum, assistance and guidance to instructors and individuals who are looking for traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do training methods.
The World Song Moo Kwan Federation enables martial artists to have their ranks recognized and recorded worldwide.
The World Song Moo Kwan Federation is comprised of Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors and Students who wish to learn and train in traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do and who realize Song Moo Kwan is a martial art and not a sport.
It is required that members adhere to the basic martial arts philosophy of Honor, Dignity and Respect.
Students and trainees look at their masters as role models. However, this is not because masters impose that students respect them. Students often feel that they are privileged to be working with people who can teach them skills they can use in life. Although these masters are held in high esteem, respect goes both ways. The students respect the master, and the master respects the students—regardless of positions of authority.
2: The Practice of Bowing
It is a common practice to bow, shake hands or fist bump before sparring starts. It is a symbol of respect towards the other player and a ceremonial obligation in many martial disciplines. It also means that you wish no harm to each other. The practice of bowing before a match is often one of the few things taught by masters.
3: The Difference Between Fear and Respect
When you think about martial arts, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a combat sport. They are known to be brutal, painful, and physically demanding. In the wrong hands, someone’s knowledge of martial arts may be used to instill fear, among others. However, that should never be how martial arts is taught. It should promote respect and peace, never fear. Above all, it should only be used for self-defense, self-cultivation, and competition—never violence or harm.
4: Equal Grounds
There are different rankings in martial arts, and they are awarded depending on your skill level. Hierarchy is often used as a means to demand respect from people around you. However, it isn’t the case in martial arts. A master should treat all students equally, regardless of their ranking. After all, everyone can learn to be better, no matter their rank.
5: Respect Begins with Yourself
If you’re signing up for a martial arts class, it can teach you self-respect. After all, defending yourself involves respecting yourself. Martial arts can teach you not to let anyone take away the respect you have for yourself.