RP Moo Duk Kwan to host int?l festival next year in Davao

Steve Grandeza, Davao City Moo Duk Kwan Central Gym chief instructor, said they are beginning to prepare for the event that is imperative for the Moo Duk Kwan practitioners in the country.

“This is a good venue for the Moo Duk Kwan practitioners in the country,” Grandeza told sportswriters during the weekly Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum Thursday.

Various clubs from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Malaysia, according to Grandeza, have already signified interest to come and join the affair.

“I hope everything goes well for this big event for Moo Duk Kwan,” said Grandeza, the undefeated national blackbelt open champion for several years.

Meanwhile, everything is set for the National Moo Duk Kwan Summer League Championships on June 2 at the SM City Entertainment Plaza.

More than 200 Moo Duk Kwan practitioners from Bohol, Dumaguete, Cavite, Bacolod and Mindanao cities and provinces will vie for top honors in the event supported by Asia United Bank.

The one-day event will showcase age-group competitions in 5-7, 7-9, 10-12, 13-14, 15-17 years old for the kiddies division while for the adult class features weight categories, including flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight.

The event is a “full contact with armor and head gears,” organizers said.

According to an Internet report, Moo Duk Kwan, which means "School of Martial Virtue" or "a place to learn the right thing to do to stop conflict," is split into two groups — Soo Bahk Do and Hwa Soo Do.

Soo Bahk Do teaches mental and physical training which involves the application of coordinated agility, dynamic mobility, power, whole body endurance, flexibility and special awareness to complex body movements that include stances, patterns (forms) breathing exercises, self defense, hand and foot techniques, sparring and free fighting, the United Kingdom Soo Bahk Do Federation website said.