The Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Organization was founded in 1963 by Grand Master Kim Yong Man, one of the original students of Grand Master Choi Yong-Sul. Hapkido is a very popular martial art with close ties embedded within the teachings of Taekwondo by many schools.
In May of 2013, the Hapkido World Moo Moo Kwan Group was founded by Grand Master Bermas Kim, a 9th degree black belt and the third highest ranking Moo Moo Kwan authority in the world. Moo Moo Kwan is the largest traditional Hapkido organization in the world with direct connections to Korea and it’s founder, Kim Yong Man. Grand Master Bermas Kim is currently the highest ranking Hapkido Master teaching in the organization which is headquartered in Australia.
With a fierce rise in its popularity, Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido has branched out around the world with affiliations in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Australia, Paraguay, Portugal, the UAE, Bahrain and the United States. Founded by Grand Master Donald McArtor of Tennessee, the America Moo Moo Kwan is the official United States representative for the Hapkido World Moo Moo Kwan Group.
Grandmaster Troy L. Smith serves as the Texas and Louisiana State Director, as well as the Regional Vice President for the America Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido. Other officials include:
- Dr. Amanda McArtor : Secretary General
- Master Mark Stacey : Vice President
- Master Matt Rion : Vice President
- Master Jason Thomas
- Master Nasser Heydarian Nikcheh
- Master Patrick Williams
- Master Rodney Lacey
- Master William Sharpe
Experts in various styles of martial arts are sharing their time and expertise as well, in the promotion of Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido, such as Grandmaster William David Valdés, a 9th Dan in Taekwondo and 6th Dan in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate. As founder of the Fierce Tiger Martial Arts Association in Clermont, Florida, Grandmaster Valdés will be attending an upcoming seminar with Hapkido World Moo Moo Kwan Group founder, Grand Master Bermas Kim which will be reported on at a later date.
One of the major goals of the Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Group is stated as: "To provide the highest level of instruction in Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido in the world." As its popularity increases around the globe, it appears the organization is achieving its goal.