Hwa Rang Kwan


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Ivan began studying Tae Kwon Do while a student in Boston in 1988. There he was trained by Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame member and former US Team Captain Michael J. O'Malley, and Korean Grandmaster Jae H. Kim.  He received his first Dan in 1993, his second Dan in 1998, and his third Dan in the spring of 2014.

Ivan began teaching immediately after receiving his black belt, and has taught as part of his professional life in the world of video and media production as well.  Ivan is a strong advocate of using the human body's natural mechanics to their best effect, or as he calls it, "the physics of our physiology", and believes that good technique is the foundation of good Tae Kwon Do.  He also believes the tenets of Tae Kwon Do - Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit - are applicable in every day life, and that martial arts training can produce benefits that are physical, mental, and even spiritual.

Ivan joined Hwa Rang Kwan in 2009, and can sometimes be seen practicing the ITF forms when he thinks no one is looking.