In Memoriam - World Black Belt

Bong Soo Han

Bong Soo Han

Grand Master Bong Soo Han, The Father of Hapkido in the Western World, Passes Away

Dear Martial Arts Community,

On January 8, 2007 Grand Master Bong Soo Han peacefully passed away while at his home in Santa Monica surrounded by his family and friends.

Services for Grand Master Han will be held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park in Westwood, CA.  A viewing has been scheduled for:

Tuesday, January 16 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. 

Memorial services will be held the following day Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00PM for family, friends, students, and associates.  Grand Master Han's Santa Monica studio will be open for a Memorial Tribute honoring Grand Master Han's life and legacy.  The tribute will be for three days starting Thursday January 18 through Saturday January 20. 

The studio will be open to the general public from 3PM to 8PM on Thursday and Friday and from 10AM to 3PM on Saturday - all are welcomed to come by to pay their respects to a quintessential martial artist and wonderful human being.

For those of you that are flying in for the Memorial you can call Dignity Memorial Travel Program at 800-224-4177 to make travel arrangements.  Use the code word "Westwood" and code number 4798.

In honor of Grand Master Bong Soo Han's vision, the International Hapkido Federation will continue its pursuit of spreading Hapkido throughout the world.  The IHF and Grand Master Han's Santa Monica studio will re-open following the public Memorial Tribute on:

Monday, January 22, 2007.

If you wish to donate to the services and memorial plaque for Grand Master Han, you can send checks payable to

Bong Soo Han
3201 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404.

On behalf of Grand Master Bong Soo Han, his family, and the International Hapkido Federation, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Master Eric Friske & Master Danny Cruz

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