First Ever Korea Hapkido Federation Masters Course Held in Philadelphia with Special Guests from US Military

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KHF Grandmasters took a pose at the first ever Korea Hapkido Federation Masters Course in the United States.

The Korea Hapkido Federation (KHF) successfully held the first Masters Course in the United States last February 24th and 25th at the Hilton Penns Landing in Philadelphia.

Leadership from the Korea Hapkido Federation traveled from the Republic of South Korea to work alongside leadership from KHF USA, including Korea Hapkido Federation USA Director Scott Yates, Tom Bernard, and Ronald Christopher Garland.

The two-day event attracted more than 60 instructors from the United States, Switzerland, Canada, and Portugal, who came together to learn and share the bond of training in this powerful Korean martial art. Participants learned principles and core concepts of Hapkido, while special guests such as retired United States Army Brigadier General Donald Bolduc, retired United States Army Ranger and Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Larry Jordan, and retired US Army Captain David Christian shared their insights on the effectiveness and use of Hapkido training in the military.

Ronald Christopher Garland, who organized the event, invited these special guests to acknowledge their service to the nation, skill level, and sharing of these skills with the troops. The event also included a visit to the Korean War Memorial to honor the bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea, as well as the sacrifice of the brave heroes from both countries.

Former Philadelphia City Councilman At Large and current Philadelphia Mayoral candidate David Oh, a veteran and martial artist himself, honored the event with his presence. David created Philadelphia’s Martial Arts Committee, which includes members such as Master Bob Clark.

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