History of Hwa Rang Kwan
Hwa Rang Kwan is the oldest Korean martial arts center on the west coast. It began in May 1965 when Reverend Chung Ryul Song gave the name “Hwa Rang Kwan” to a Korean youth group in San Francisco, California.
At the same time, the young master Dong Kie Shin opened a Hwa Rang Kwan dojang (martial arts studio) in the Miahdong district of Seoul, South Korea.
History of Supreme Grandmaster Shin
In 1971, young Master Shin arrived in San Francisco, and continued his training and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1996, the Hwa Rang Kwan headquaters was relocated to Redwood City, California, and is now located at its current location in San Carlos, California. Hwa Rang Kwan now has over fifty Hwa Rang Kwan branch dojangs in the world.
Grandmaster Shin has spent over fifty years studying martial arts. He is one of the very few who have achieved the highest rank in both Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation – Kukkiwon, 9th Dan) and Hapkido (World Hapkido Federation, 9th Dan).
As a combat and self-defense instructor, Grandmaster Shin was responsible for training the renowned Korean Tiger Division, the Green Beret, the Jungle Ranger School in Vietnam, and has trained the United States Military for tens years. Grandmaster Shin is also an instructor for Standford University and a professor of both Seoul Sports University and United Arts College
Master Wayne Hull studied under Supreme Grand Master Shin in Salt Lake City UT.
In 1976 Wayne Hull started his Martial Arts training under Grand Master Shin. In 1980 Master shin Master Shin moved back to San Francisco and Mr. Hull started his own school at that point. Mr. Hull taught what he knew as TaeKwonDo for 14 years with out any Federation over him. In 1994 Master West from the American Kyukido Federation found Mr. Hull and invited him to join into the Kyukido Federation. There were always differences in technique, but it was close enough to train under and gain rank within the AKF. After some time, when Wayne Hull met and worked out with Master Bong Soo Han, he realized that Kyukido was close to, but not what he really was. He was Hapkido. After years of searching and finally finding his original instructor Master Shin, Mr. Hull reunited with him in 2011. Master Shin welcomed him back to HwaRangKwan and Master Hull realized that Hapkido and HwaRangKwan is what he was and no other style was what he wanted.
Eric Conley studied under Master Wayne Hull in Salt Lake City UT in 1996. Mr. Conley started in the AKF, after 18 years of gaining rank and teaching Hapkido and Kyukido under the AKF, he too realized that his true art was Hapkido and HwaRangKwan, so in 2015 Mr. Conley made the switch to reunite with Supreme Grand Master Shin and Master Hull.
Mr. Conley’s main goal is to teach practical Self-Defense focusing on Bully Prevention and legal to carry weapons.
Kyuki-Do is a Korean martial art that primarily incorporates elements of Tae Kwon Do, Hapki-Do, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. Kyuki-Do was introduced to the United States in 1967 by Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim, the founder of the art. Grand Master Kim went on to found the American Kyuki-Do Federation (Kyuki-Do’s sanctioning body) in 1979.
Kyuki-Do is designed to be practical, versatile, and effective at a variety of different ranges and in a variety of different situations. The Tae Kwon Do – derived kicks and strikes provide excellent power at medium and long range, while the throws, locks, chokes, and joint manipulation of Judo, Hapki-Do, and Jiu-Jitsu allow for effective close range fighting and grappling.
Kyuki-Do is a living, growing martial art that continues to expand and change. In addition to the core elements of Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Hapki- Do, Kyuki-Do also includes techniques from Jujitsu, Karate, boxing, wrestling, traditional weapons from Okinawa and the Philippines plus many other arts and styles.
Kyuki-Do is more than just an effective system of self defense; it is a martial art that encourages students to realize their own potential, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. Students of Kyuki-Do learn discipline, self-control, patience, persistence, and respect for themselves and others. Students are expected to continually strive to perfect themselves, both in the Dojang, and in every other area of their life.