Seeking info on founder of Korean Hapkido Federation
I found a TKD/HKD/Kumdo instructor in Maryland who started his own Federations and would like to know if he is a bona fide Grandmaster in HKD and Kumdo. His name is H.W. Kim and he started the Korean Hapkido Federation as well as the Korean Kumdo Federation. His website is
koreanmartialartsinc dot com and I am considering going to his dojang on the days I am not doing BJJ.
Just a couple of thoughts. There is a Korean Hapkido Federation out of Korea that standardizes many HKD schools. From the looks of it he is basically taking their logo and adding a different center piece to it and calling it his own. However, I do not see him making claims that he and the KHF in Korea are one and the same. You may want to inquire if he does utilize the KHF in Korea, or at the very least ask him who certified his rank. As for the Kumdo Federation. There are many independent federations. I would just ask if he is part of the World Kumdo Association and also verify who certified his rank.
My overall advice is to just go in to see what his school is like. Either you like his training methods or you don't. Do not worry about the organizations, unless your end goal is to be a black belt and recognized by the standard organizations such as KHF, WKF or Kukkiwon. Good luck.
Jeremy M. Talbott
Originally Posted by Phrost
Originally Posted by D.Murray
Originally Posted by hangooknamja88
Jeremy makes a good point about your goals. Its also worthwhile to remember that
some folks often "bend" a known trademark to their own goal. This is why the US has laws against trademark infringement.
It is not at all unusual for people not associated with an organization to represent that they are members, or to even use a known logo as though its was their's. My own teacher started the World Hapkido Federation and it was amazing to me how many folks put on his patch and later his unique uniform while he was around. Now he's gone and folks are still buying the patches and uniforms in "me, too" fashion but practice their own take on the material. Just sayin...
Hmmmm..... just GOOGLED "Korean Hapkido Federation" and
"Korea Hapkido Federation". The former I had not heard of until this thread. The latter has been around a good long while. The patches are sinilar but the Korea Hapkido Federation has begun to market its own uniform - black with white pin-striping.