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Bong Soo Han (1933–2007)

Grand Master Bong Soo Han was the world's foremost practitioner of Hapkido, and is referred to as the "Father of Hapkido" in the Western World. As one of the original senior students to the Founder of Hapkido, Yong Sul Choi, he led a dedicated effort in the development of Hapkido as it is known today. Grand Master Han first introduced Hapkido into ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Kentucky Fried Movie Dr. Klahn (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
(1977)
The Presidio Miscellaneous Crew
(1988)
Cleopatra Jones Miscellaneous Crew
(1973)
(1982)

Filmography

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 1981 Force: Five
Rev. Rhee (as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1979 The Little Dragons
Karate Master (as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1979 Kill the Golden Goose
Capt. Han (as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1977 The Kentucky Fried Movie
Dr. Klahn (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1974 The Trial of Billy Jack
Master Han
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 1988 The Presidio (hapkido consultant: thumb fight - as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1974 The Trial of Billy Jack (karate advisor)
 1973 Cleopatra Jones (karate teacher: hapkido karate - as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1971 Billy Jack (fight choreographer) / (hapkido karate - as Bon Soo Han of Korea)
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 1982 The Retrievers (stunt coordinator - as Master Bong Soo Han)
 1974 Shanks (stunt coordinator)
 1971 Billy Jack (stunt double: Tom Laughlin - uncredited)
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 1979 The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) (special thanks - 1 episode)
- The Disciple (1979) ... (special thanks - as Master Bong Soo Han)
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 2002 Modern Warriors (TV Movie documentary)
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 1999 Martial Arts in Motion Picture (Documentary)
Himself
 1998 Mystic Origins of the Martial Arts (Video documentary)
Himself (as Grand Master Bong Soo Han)
 1998 Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes (TV Movie documentary)
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Other Works:

Grand Master Han wrote many articles on the Way of martial arts, and also authored the book, Hapkido, The Korean Art of Self-Defense (Ohara Publications, 1974), which is now in its 23rd printing. He also completed a series of ten instructional Hapkido videotapes for worldwide distribution.

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Alternate Names:

Grand Master Bong Soo Han | Master Bong Soo Han | Bon Soo Han of Korea
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Personal Quote:

Martial Arts is not just a process for training fighters. Fighting is of least importance. What is important is the growth in the student's physical structure, mental discipline, and emotional control.

Trivia:

Grand Master Han was the subject of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, countless martial arts magazine cover stories, and was a member of the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame (1978). He was also featured in The Arts and Entertainment documentary, "The Martial Arts," the Wesley Snipes-produced "Master of the Martial Arts," and several other radio, Internet, and television profiles. See more »

Nickname:

Snow Tiger

Star Sign:

Virgo

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