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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The name MOO DUK KWAN means...

The name Moo Duk Kwan means "School of Martial Virtue"

  • Moo – military, chivalry, martial; within the ideograph the inner part of the symbol is the word for "stop" and the outer part means "weapon"
  • Duk – benevolence, virtue, goodness, commanding respect; within the ideograph on the left it means "little steps" or "to happen", and on the right the character means "moral"; thus moral steps or perhaps virtuous conduct
  • Kwan – large building, palace, library; again within the ideograph the left part looks like a roofed building and technically means "to eat" (under a roof).

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Read New Grappler Baki

Read the manga/comic of Baki the Grappler at

This story is the continuation of Baki the Grappler that we have seen in the television and DVD's.

Some of the opponents of Baki before became his teammate. The story is all about the challenges between the old characters and the prisoners of different country who escaped from their cages just to find the strongest man in the world and challenge themselves.

It is a good manga especially for the martial art lovers. ENJOY!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

KATMA Anniversary 2007

Every year, the KATMA Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Club celebrates their anniversary by doing charitable works as their major activity. Its main goal is to share the knowledge and blessings that the club received through out the year.

Last 24th anniversary of KATMA, they went to the Philippine Mental Health Association, davao chapter, in order for them to teach some basic exercises to the young ladies. Also, the students of KATMA showed some demonstrations of the different Hyungs and self defense techniques. After the indoor activities, everybody went to their gym to play parlor games. Of course, all of them received prizes. Lastly, they had their merienda.

After the program, the KATMA pipz proceeded to their gym and continue the celebration. The activities were parlor games, karaoke contest (love love is the champion because she didn't share the microphone), eating time and many more.

Here are some clips of KATMA anniversary 2007.


Enjoy watching!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

KATMA Christmas Party 2007

Remembering the past...

Watch the KATMA people enjoyed their Christmas Party last December 2007

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Who is shee?

This girl is a mysterious girl in KATMA.

To give you an idea to think of who really is this girl, here are some informations.

It's been a long time since we were together with this girl in KATMA, not a lover but... as a big sister. Big sister to the fact that she is VERY ahead of me if we compare it to our age. But she looks young... after me. :)

Just from the info above, I know that you are now thinking of two members of KATMA that might be possible of the blind item. (L*v*ll*l** and Sh**h*n)

To guide you to the nearest answer...

This girl is lovable. Lovable in the sense that whoever or whatever type of person she may be encountered, she knows how to deal with them EXCEPT with the children.

BOYS... beware.
Anyone who get close with this girl especially to the BIG boys of KATMA will be accidentally in love. Yes, accidentally in love. Until now, I can't still explain why such gentlemen gets in love with this girl where in fact, there's no reason for them to feel it except that she is beautiful (YAIKS!).

Her codename is UNGAS.

So much for the infos. I think you know already who is this mysterious girl of KATMA.

By the way, the people who were called UNGAS in the gym were Me, Butch, and Sheehan. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

KOREAN Counting

  • Il - one
  • E - two
  • Sam -three
  • Sa - four
  • O - five
  • Yuk - six
  • Chil - seven
  • Pal - eight
  • Gu - nine
  • Ship - ten

KATMA at Lorega

KATMA is more than a martial arts club. It does not only concentrate inside the gym practicing self defense and teaching to be a better person but it also participates in an outdoor activities where it is organize by the club itself.

One activity of KATMA is to share knowledge in self defense in the rural areas. An example to that is in Lorega, a 2 to 3 hours travel from Davao city. Sharing the knowledge must be limited in order for them not to use it in a negative manner. Of course, a limited time is not enough to teach a certain self defense lesson without teaching first the basics and when to use it. In other words, knowledge of self defense must be co-inside with self discipline. Together with the lessons, KATMA offered a free soup after the activity.

To be involved in such activities is a brilliant way of the instructor to emphasize what really the reason of why a student would enroll to a certain martial arts club, it is to guide the students in finding the right way as they journey along with their lives.

The activities became successful with the helped of our instructor, Lopez family, Lademora family, Liwag family, the parents who allowed their child to participate in such event, and to all the members of KATMA.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


It's been a long time that I haven't report to the KATMA gym to have my practice because I stayed in Cebu City to take my review for my board exam on October 25 and 26, 2008. In more than 5 months time for not practicing in the gym, there were so many changes that i have noticed.

One is my physical appearance. If I have to compare my self from the time when I am active in the gym from the time in the present, I obviously gained weight and I feel like I am heavy enough that I cannot do anymore what i can do before.

Second, the people around me were new. Unlike before, most of the time, I spend it with my girlfriend and with my KATMA family. It is the time for me to adjust again to a certain people with different characteristics. The people around me before seems that they don't have problem because every time I am with them, we were always happy and enjoying what we did. Unlike now, the people around me is like carrying heavy load that is full of problems. Maybe because they were so pressure in the coming board exam.

third, my routine was change.Before, my motto is "health is wealth". After my class, I proceed to the gym for training and go home to have some rest. The routine before is very opposite to the routine I have now. When I wake up, I eat and proceed to the review center and eat again in the middle of the class. Then, take my lunch before I proceed to the next class. again, I will eat in the middle of the class.After the class, i go home and take my dinner and sometimes, i take my midnight snacks. In other words, EAT-EAT-EAT-EAT is my habit here in Cebu.

In the given changes above, there is only one thing that i always bring here that I got from my KATMA family....

It is the discipline of a true blooded KATMA member.

KATMA Theme Song

What is the KATMA theme song? Hmmm, it is not declared officially but it is the usual song played whenever the KATMA went out for KARAOKE.

Here it is... "JUST ONCE"

Maybe you will be confused why a certain martial arts club would have a theme song like that.

Well, don't ask me, ask sheehan and Butch.


I did my best

But I guess my best wasn't good enough
'Cause here we are back where we were before
Seems nothing ever changes
We're back to being strangers
Wondering if we oughta stay
Or head on out the door

Just once can't we figure out what we keep doing wrong
Why we never last for very long
What are we doing wrong
Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
If we could just get to it
I know we could break through it

I gave my all
But I think my all may have been too much
'Cause Lord knows we're not getting anywhere
Seems we're always blowing whatever we got going
And seems at times with all we've got
We haven't got a prayer
Just once can't we figure out what we keep doing wrong
Why the goodtimes never last for very long
Seems we're always blowing
Whatever we got going

Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
If we could just get to it
I know we could break through it

Just once I want to understand
Why it always come back to good-bye
Why can't we get ourselves in hand
And admit to one another
That we're no good with out the other
Take the best and make it better
Find a way to stay together

Just once can't we find a way to finally make it right
Make the magic last for more than just one night
I know we can break through it
If we could just get to it

Just once
If we could get to it

Just Once...


Did you know that KATMA is mainly Kurdish village in Northeastern Syria. It lies between Afrin and Aleppo. The total population in KATMA amounts to approx. 5000 - 6000 inhabitants.

KATMA consists of Sunnis and Yazidis. In this village there is in addition also a mosque. Likewise two holy places are in the proximity of the village.

The agriculture is the main source of income of the population living in the village. Mainly olives, grain, chickpeas and grapes are cultivated there, in addition, figs, cherries and further fruits are cultivated there. The agriculture is worked on nearly only by machine. There are many agriculture machines, like for example tractors and combines. It is very important that in the village olives in own olive presses are pressed. In the village are some restaurants, which offer ceremony possibilities for weddings etc.

38th National Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Gup Classing Tournament

Last April 15, 2008, the Philippine and Australian Moo duk Kwan(MDK) Soo bahk Do club gather together at the Gaisano mall, Davao City to celebrate the 2008 Philippine Martial Arts Festival. It consist of different MDK clubs from different parts of the country and selected Australian practioners.

The event consists of freestyle sparring, Hyungs, and some presentations from different club and different discipline of martial arts. They were gathered in order promote camaraderie among all members and let them realize that we have the same vision in promoting discipline among all men.

The festival was successful and ended up in recognizing the event organizers and the winners of the different competitions. The over all champion was given to the KATMA Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Club from Davao City, handled by Kyo Sa Renato Liwag.

The participants went home with medals and some did not but whatever it is, a true competitor/player will always accept defeat and humility reigns in winning.

Friday, October 10, 2008

What is KATMA?

KATMA means KATutubong MAndirigma.

It is handled by a well trained 2nd dan blackbelt, Kyo Sa Renato "Jun" S. Liwag
It is one of the clubs of Philippine Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do. It is a martial organization which not only teaches self defense but also disciplines the students to become a better person.