Head Grandmaster H.Y. Kwon
Founder of Combination Martial Art Hwar Do
10th Degree Black Belt
World Champion - King of the World Martial Arts Championship
- 9th Deg. Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do (W.T.F. Kuk Ki Won)
- 10th Degree Black Belt - Hap Ki Do (Korea Hap Ki Do Federation)
- 9th Deg. Black Belt - Kum Do (International Federation Hae Dong Kum Do)
- 8th Deg Black Belt - Kung Fu (Korea Kung Fu Association)
- And other degrees
Master Eric Kwon
Graduated UVA 2001
6th Deg. Black Belt
Founder of Combination
Martial Art Hwar Do
Master Tiger Kwon
Full Contact World Champion
7th Deg. Black Belt
When you see Masters VIDEOS you will know how good they are
High Black Belts and Instructors
Christopher H. Smith
"Grandmaster Kwon is a very special man. A 10th degree Black Belt, he is both the founder and president of a unique combination of martial arts known as Hwar Do. Strong, determined and precise in battle, Grandmaster Kwon is also widely known for his special kindness, generosity and gentleness. This apparent paradox – warrior/gentleman – is ideally suited for the expert instruction he and his son provide to thousands who attend his championship school of Hwar Do. Grandmaster Kwon painstakingly inculcates into each of his students the path of respect and benevolence and the importance of a strong mind and body. He admonishes his students to understand that Hwar Do is for self-defense only – never to be used to bully or harass. But if engaged in a fight one would rather have avoided – you win it decisively. My own sons have greatly benefited from the Grandmaster’s superb teaching and from his personal example. Chris, my eldest son is a black belt and is highly capable in the art, while Mike is working his was through the belts. As a matter of fact, Mike, who is co-captain of his high school varsity soccer team, tells me that the Hwar Do discipline of mind and body has significantly enhanced his soccer performance."
Grandmaster Joon K. Seong
Seong Martial Arts Academy
"I know Grandmaster H.Y. Kwon is virtuous, possesses humility, leadership and intelligence. I believe that these are rare traits for one to have in this day in age. Even though he is a martial arts world champion, he shows humbleness and resect to others while personally instructing younger generations in his craft. By doing so, he makes himself an example of righteousness. I would like to recommend Grandmaster H.Y. Kwon so the up and coming generation can learn form his experience and character."
TAEKWONDO WORLD JOURNAL
KING OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Taegu Auditorium, Korea Nov. 13, 1999. This century’s best martial artist came to compete in the speed, power, and sparring categories for the first ever Grandmaster’s King of The World Championship tournament. The winners were speed king: Grandmaster S.G. Dong; Power King: Grandmaster C.T. Goh; Sparring King: Grandmaster H.Y. Kwon.
In the sparring category, Grandmaster Kwon and Grandmaster Kim made it to the finals. Grandmaster Kwon’s first attack was a kick to the chest and a palm strike simultaneously, knocking down his opponent. That man then stood up and Grandmaster Kwon put his shin in the back of Grandmaster Kim’s knee to take him down and proceed to put his foot in a joint lock causing Grandmaster Kim to submit. Grandmaster Kwon weighs 81kg, but he is still able to put his leg behind his neck despite his size. This shocked many people in the audience. Also, the Grandmaster can do this while squatting with the other leg. To do this even once is very difficult for other people, but he can do so over 150 times in a row. Additionally, Grandmaster Kwon conditions his knuckles and the chopping part of his hand, creating tremendous calluses. This allows him to strike a metal punching bag instead of a canvas one. People said that he is so strong and solid that he is like a metal machine. They also said that he is a complete martial artist, mental and spiritual aspects as well. Grandmaster Kwon created the combination martial art HWARDO and has produced ten video tapes teaching his techniques. He now teaches his art to the public.
The rules for the sparring category were
- 2 people chosen from the semi-finals will compete in the finals. The last person standing will be King
- No height or weight constraints. Also, each martial art does not compete separately, but all together.
- No holds-barred. There are no limitations on techniques used except, due to high ranking status of theses competitors, using knuckles is not allowed. However, any other type of hand technique is permitted.
- 40 minutes continuous sparring is the time limit
- Ways to win include submission. Knockout or unanimous decision of the judges that the other person cannot intelligently defend themselves.
- No point system
Grandmaster Kwon was born in South Korea and at the age of five he started his training in martial arts. Following an old Korean tradition, he was asked to deliver food to the neighbors before his cousin’s wedding and had to make a stop at a house with a large, unfriendly dog. In retelling the incident he said "After crossing a bridge over a large stream and following the path to the doorway, a snarling dog lunged at me. I instantly dropped the food and began running towards the stream. The dog kept getting closer and the bridge was too far away, so I jumped right across the large stream. Afterwards, I asked my Grandmaster how I was able to do so for I thought that it was impossible for a boy my size to do such a thing.My Grandmaster explained that since it was an emergency that extra-ordinary strength and energy came out. I asked him why I don't have this ability when I practice, and he told me With more patience, concentration, and hard practice, you can call upon this strength whenever you choose.’ During many difficult days of training I reflected upon the advice of my Grandmaster as I thought about that day before my cousin's wedding and the strength I had to jump across the large stream while running from the dog." As he promised himself, he devoted his life to martial arts training and began to realize the extra-ordinary human power as his Grandmaster had explained. He then began studying many different styles of martial arts to learn how to wield this power
Grandmaster Kwon was operating four schools in Seoul Korea in 1982, when the U.S. and Korea celebrated 100 years of friendship. That year he traveled to the U.S. as the head coach of the Korea Pro Tae Kwon Do team for the International Pro Tae Kwon Do Championships and he became very interested in America. In 1983, he came alone to the U.S. with the dream of one day creating the world's best combination martial art to help the growth of martial arts in America. After the first week of being in the U.S., he opened a school teaching Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, and Weapons. At that time he did not have a home and he slept in his school. In the winter to save money he turned the heat off and many of the nights were very cold and nearly unbearable. That year was his first Christmas in America and he did not realize that all the restaurants would be closed which forced him to go without food for the holiday. His limited English skills also caused him problems. While getting his haircut, the barber misunderstood him and shaved Grandmaster’s head rather than trimming it. In another incident, he mistook liquid soap for skin lotion and, after it dried, his face became very irritated. There were many problems that made life difficult, but he always kept his martial art mind and spirit, overcoming the many hardships. While teaching, he always kept a positive attitude, giving his best, and the results brought him many students. Five years later, his family was able to join him in the U.S. While teaching, he found that his students wanted to learn the techniques of other martial art styles as well, therefore, he began devoting his entire life to researching his ideas to create and develop the world's best martial art form, naming it Hwar Do which is a scientifically blended style bringing together the best techniques from Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, Kung Fu, Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Weapons, and other animal fighting forms.
After Hwar Do became an official martial art in 1989, Grandmaster Kwon relocated to the Washington, D.C. area to establish and expand the growth of Hwar Do from the nations capital. In 1991, Grandmaster Kwon proudly became a citizen of the United States of America. 1992 marked the year that Grandmaster Kwon began teaching seminars on the Hwar Do techniques instructing masters from around the country which then expanded worldwide. He also held a demonstration to benefit handicapped children. Next, Grandmaster started creating video tapes on Hwar Do techniques in 1993 and completed the ten tape set by 1996.
In 1997, Grandmaster held a demonstration to raise funds to benefit Children’s Hospice International. Then, Grandmaster was invited to give a special demonstration at the Full-Contact World Championships in 1998. Grandmaster Kwon’s career reached new heights in 1999 when he became the winner of the sparring category for the first-ever Grandmaster’s King of the World Championships. In 2000, Grandmaster performed another amazing demonstration raising $11,020 to help The Autism Society of America. In 2004, Grandmaster received the World Peace Martial Arts Academy Award, and in 2007, Grandmaster completed 48 curriculum DVDs.
In 2011, Grandmaster Kwon was invited to give a personal demonstration at the National Reconaissance Office. In 2012, Grandmaster Kwon received the Best Martial Arts Leader Award
Grandmaster continues his training and teaches at the headquarters in Chantilly, VA. His two sons, both masters, carry on the legacy teaching in Haymarket, VA and Gainesville, VA.
3rd Degree Black Belt
"My family as well as fellow students were very proud that our Grandmaster decisively won the King of the World Championship, Taequ, South Korea. At the tournament, we got a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness great feats of skill demonstrated by numerous Grandmasters from all over the world. We learned about the history of Korea and met some of the Grandmaster’s very nice family. The other Hwar Do students and I left with a very special memory from the tournament."
3rd degree black belt
"Grandmaster Kwon is one of the greatest men I have ever met. The more time I spend with Grandmaster the more I admire his kindness and generosity to others. He is truly concerned about the people he comes in contact with and their well-being, both mentally and physically. I strive to become more like Grandmaster all the time. I only hope that one day I can achieve his level of patience, caring, and kindness."
3rd Degree Black Belt
"Grandmaster Kwon has a wealth of knowledge in the field of martial arts. Training under Grandmaster has given me the confidence and discipline to successfully take on many challenges."
4th Degree Black Belt
"Grandmaster inspires love and respect in all his students. He has drawn us together so that we actually feel like a family."
This Martial Art Includes:
Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kung Fu, Karate, Kick Boxing, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Weapons.
Our training includes adult classes for men and women as well as children's classes.
Also includes: Martial Arts Summer Camp and After School Program
Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax, South Riding, Gainesville VA, Ashburn, Bristow, Nokesville, Haymarket, Manassas, Herndon, and Reston
New Columbia, PA