It has now been 2 years since that day of disappointment, and we are working on recovery and moving forward.
With M’s, Jason Kennedy‘s, Lynda Amsell‘s, and our members’ excellent support, we now have a new website, www.americanmoodokwan.com. It is just starting to build, but we at least have a new, modern, and stable home for our members and supporters.
Yesterday, I started work on a new Facebook page “American Moo-Do Kwan/Verified.” I still need to learn how to build that page, but I hope that it will also find supporters. I think that it is already available for checking out, but it doesn’t do everything yet.
So, why am I doing this? As many of you know, I am a Vietnam Vet and dedicated to service. I always reflect on Oliver Stone’s comment at the end of Platoon, “…those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again, to teach to others what we know and to try with what’s left of our lives to find a goodness and meaning to this life …”
I take this view to heart. I have never focused on making a giant martial art class if it required sacrificing the ethics of the warrior. Indeed, over the years, I have been very fortunate to lead a program of dedicated and character-oriented partners. Even at my old age, I still feel that I must not betray their trust.
Therefore, going forward, the AMK will reflect a more mature, intellectually oriented approach. Of course, we will still train as before, but we will be more holistic and focused on adults, as our program was in the beginning. Will juniors still be welcome? Of course, they will, but they will be expected to act as is appropriate for a martial art practitioner.
May the Force be with us!