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Vision

A Symbol of our Vision and Heritage

The Pine Tree – The pine tree has been recurring image in our lineage. The Kanji symbol for “Matsu” as in Matsumura noted above, means pine tree, representing being consistently evergreen and growing straight toward the sun.

Song Moo Kwan (Pine Tree) uniform patch from the 1970's
Song Moo Kwan (Pine Tree) uniform patch from the 1970’s

Matsumura taught Azato and Itosu, who taught Funakoshi, who founded the Shoto Kan. Gichin Funakoshi wrote poetry under the pen name “Shoto” using the kanji characters that mean “pine waves”.  The Kanji characters for “Matsu” and “Sho” are the same, so every time we say Shoto Kan we also refer to Matsumura.

Funakoshi taught the Korean Grand Master Ro who founded the Song Moo Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do. “Song” means “pine tree“ in Korean.

When grand Master Bushman started Tae Kwon Do in 1972 all the patches referred to Song Moo Kwan, not only in English but in the Chinese characters in the center of the fist..

1913837_origGrand Master Bushman owns some land in Tennessee that includes a tree farm with many white pines.  When the pines trees are rooted close together they grow straight and strong toward the sun, just as Tae Kwon Do teachers and students should be unified together in their quest to attain a deeper spiritual connection to a higher power.  A pine tree is the background for the R Bushman Tae Kwon Do logo.
 

Gwanseum Bosal photo taken by Master Bushman in 2003
Gwanseum Bosal photo taken by Master Bushman in 2003

Gwanseum Bosal is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The meaning of her name is “Hearer of Cries,” and she is often pictured with her head slightly inclined as if listening to the pleas of the suffering. She is frequently pictured with a vase and a willow spray. The vase contains amrita, the nectar of her compassion, or the waters of life. The willow branches represent her ability  and willingness to have medicinal value, also symbolizes her role as a healer. This picture Grand Master Bushman took in 2003 while in Korea. R Bushman Tae Kwon Do is a Christian based martial arts school, but this Buddhist symbol of compassion reflects the heritage and legacy of Grand Master Bushman’s instructors that he teaches in his own unique way

Our Vision and Historical Lineage

  • Matsumura, Sokon
  • 1798 – 1890
  • Itosu, Anko
  • 1831 – 1915
  • Azato, Anko
  • 1827 – 1906
  • Funakoshi, Gichin
  • 1868 – 1957
  • Ro, Byung Jik
  • 1919 – 2015
  • Kim, I K
  • 1941 to 2015
  • Bushman, R
  • 1961 to present

Our Team

  • Grand Master Roy Bushman, 9th Dan Black Belt, Traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do since 1972
    Grand Master Roy Bushman, 9th Dan Black Belt, Traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do since 1972
  • Master Mike Farmer, 6th Dan, South Lakeland Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, Mulberry, Florida
    Master Mike Farmer, 6th Dan, South Lakeland Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, Mulberry, Florida
  • Master Jamie Embras-Henry, 5th Dan Black Belt
    Master Jamie Embras-Henry, 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Master Aaron Hamilton, 5th Dan Black Belt
    Master Aaron Hamilton, 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Ms Jenifer Hamilton, 4th Dan Black Belt
    Ms Jenifer Hamilton, 4th Dan Black Belt
  • Mr. Barry Reis, 2nd Dan Black Belt
    Mr. Barry Reis, 2nd Dan Black Belt
  • The VanVoorhis family of black belts
    The VanVoorhis family of black belts
  • Mr. Dan Schmitz, in Korea with GM Bushman 2008
    Mr. Dan Schmitz, in Korea with GM Bushman 2008

Affiliated Martial Artists

  • Supreme Grand Master KyongwonAhn, 9th Dan Kukkiwon/WTF
    Supreme Grand Master KyongwonAhn, 9th Dan Kukkiwon/WTF
  • Supreme Grand Master Joon P Choi, Song Moo Kwan United, Columbus, Ohio
    Supreme Grand Master Joon P Choi, Song Moo Kwan United, Columbus, Ohio
  • Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee of the Global Hapkido Association, Michigan
    Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee of the Global Hapkido Association, Michigan
  • Grand Master Scott Schwab of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
    Grand Master Scott Schwab of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
  • Master Paul Korchak of the Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, Song Moo Kwan United
    Master Paul Korchak of the Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, Song Moo Kwan United
  • Master Sara Schwab, of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
    Master Sara Schwab, of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio

Testimonials

  • We switched from another school recently and the difference in discipline and personal attention is extraordinary. Grand Master Bushman explains each move in order to allow the student to truly understand how and why it would be used. This is taught with the respect and skill that it should be taught by knowledgeable instructors.

    Lish Lab-Clements, Five Seasons Sports Club RBushmanTKD Mom
  • Thanks for your kindness and skill as a teacher. The Lab Family, The Clements Family.

    Ashton
  • Hi Mr.Bushman,
    Thank you for being a part of ____'s team. For the past year, he has lived with us as a foster child. We are in the process of adopting him, hopefully by the end of the summer. You are part of a team of teachers and therapists who are making a difference in his life, and we very much appreciate that. Thank you for your patience with him. Developmentally he has missed much, and we are hoping that TKD will help him catch up SOME in the areas of patience, concentration, coordination, perseverance, and confidence. Please keep patiently pushing him to work. He has never been expected to do anything before he came to us, but we expect him to learn how to work to achieve.

    So again, thank you for being a part of his team. Your compassion, patience, and perseverance are making the difference in the life of a lost boy, who is on the path to his own goodness.

    A Taekwondo Mom
  • Hi Master Bushman,
    I forgot how the subject came up, but I mentioned to Grand Master Kim how good you look when you do your forms. We were discussing the demo at the tournament. He said 'there is no one who can touch you.' There was a lot of pride in his voice when he spoke. He said you have very clean forms and excellent technique. He also said that 'if these so-called Masters put themselves at your level, they are very sadly mistaken' I thought you would like to know.

    Assistant to Grand Master Kim 5/12/05

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