Hwa Rang Kwan, The School of Flowering Youth, is named after the Hwa Rang, the most famous warriors of ancient Korea. In 1961, the first Hwa Rang Kwan school in the West Coast was founded by Grand Master D.K. Shin. Our master, Sabum-nim Robert Morey, a 5th Degree Black Belt, was and still is a student under Grand Master Shin. Master Morey founded Hwa Rang Kwan Napa in 2010 and, with Kyosa-nim Niki Camerin, Hwa Rang Kwan Sonoma in January 2021.
We are a traditional Martial Arts school--we follow the tenets of Taekwondo of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. We practice in a respectful and welcoming environment where all students of all levels and ages are welcome. Following Grand Master Shin’s tradition, we teach Taekwondo, Hapkido and Kumdo. We also follow the traditional Olympic-style Taekwondo training that is officially recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation.
Get ready to tear down obstacles of the mind and body. We believe that succeeding in Martial Arts means opening your mind to self discovery and affirmation through physical training. So start your journey with us today.
Literally translated, Taekwondo means "foot fist art" (Tae = kick or strike with the foot, Kwon = fist or strike with the hand, and Do = art or discipline). Thus, stripped down to its most basic roots, Taekwondo means the art of kicking and punching. It is a unique martial art that combines the quick, straight line movements of Japanese systems like Karate and the flowing circular movements of traditional Chinese systems. The distinguishing feature of Taekwondo, though, is its powerful kicking techniques.
Taekwondo is more than just a system of combative physical techniques. It is also an art directed at the moral and ethical development of its students. These teaching have been summarized over the centuries in various forms evolving into the modern “Five Tenets” of Taekwondo.
Hapkido is a dynamic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There may also be the use of traditional weapons, including a sword, rope, nunchaku, cane, short stick, and staff which vary in emphasis depending on the particular tradition examined.
Hapkido contains both long and close range fighting techniques, utilizing jumping kicks and percussive hand strikes at longer ranges and pressure point strikes, joint locks, or throws at closer fighting distances. Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resisting movements, and control of the opponent. Practitioners seek to gain advantage through footwork and body positioning to employ leverage, avoiding the use of strength against strength.
Kumdo is a modern martial art of fencing, the Korean equivalent of Japanese kendo. The name means "the way of the sword," and is a cognate with the Japanese term. Kendo was introduced to Korea from Japan in 1896 as a form of police and military training. After Japan outlawed many Korean martial arts, they introduced Japanese martial arts such as judo and kendo to schools. Its popularity in Korea spread quickly as part of Korea's first national physical education system. Up until end of the occupation in 1945, kumdo developed in parallel with kendo.
After the occupation ended, kumdo restructured itself, and the Korean Kumdo Association was formed in 1947. When the Korean National Sports Festival was reinstituted in South Korea in 1956, Kumdo was included as an official event.
Perfect for introducing children as young as 4 to Martial Arts. They will learn the basic kicks, blocks and stances of Taekwondo, all the while building confidence, learning discipline and understanding respect. We work with the children to develop motor skills, improve balance, coordination and agility. We also practice with nerf swords and nerf nunchucks. We play games and have fun. Kids will be awarded 5 belts during this program, starting with white, yellow white, green white and so on. By the end of the course, they will transition to the older kids class having earned a yellow belt, knowing their first form and having built the foundations that will allow them to successfully continue their journey into Martial Arts.
We also offer classes designed for teens and adults. We focus on endurance, physical fitness, stretching, as well as self-defense, weapons, and other components of martial arts training. Classes range from the beginner to the black belt, all of which require different aspects of focus.
We are members of the Northern California Taekwondo Association (NCTA) and, as such, participate in regional competitions throughout the year. Our hope and expectation is that we will have a competition team that not only participates in games but also in martial arts exhibitions.