iACT 2019: Overcoming ‘the self’ and then Benefiting ‘the World’



Dr. Steven Capener is an Associate Professor of Korean Literature at Seoul Women’s University in the ROK, where he teaches Korean and English literature as well as literary translation. He earned a Ph.D. in sport philosophy from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from Yonsei University. He has been living in the ROK since the late 1980s. He is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced non-Koreans in Taekwondo.


Dr. Wojciech J. Cynarski, Professor at University of Rzeszow (Poland) and Editor of the internationally renowned and leading martial art journal, Ido Movement for Culture: Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology, a SCOPUS-listed publication.


Master Suzan Crochet, one of the highest-ranking ITF Masters in the world, has an M. Sc. in Physical Education (Perceptual Motor & Development), and was a public school teacher from 1980-2014. Her area of expertise is pedagogy, and she will present on Special Needs TKD for mentally-, physically-, and aged-challenged practitioners.


Dr. Ron Dziwenka holds an M.A. from Yonsei University (ROK) and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona. He has published several papers on martial arts philosophy and has presented his research at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Scientific Congress as well as at conferences in the Republic of China, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. He is in the Center for International Education and the History Department at Salisbury University, USA.


Dr. John A. Johnson holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sports and Taekwondo from Kyung Hee University (ROK) and is a professor in the Department of Taekwondo at Keimyung University. He is the Executive Director for the International Association for Taekwondo Research (IATR). He has presented his research in the ROK, Czech Republic, Mexico, the US, Poland, and Russia.


Dr. Greg Kailian earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University and a doctorate in International Education from the University of Southern California. He lived in the ROK for a decade starting in 1973 as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer assigned to the Seoul National University College of Education. Considered among the most highly qualified and experienced non-Koreans in Taekwondo, he is certified as a Kukkiwon 9th dan, 1st Class Master Instructor, and 1st Class Poom/Dan Promotion Test Examiner, as well as a World Taekwondo “S” class international referee. Dr. Kailian is the author of Sport Taekwondo Referee Primer.


Dr. Young Sun Kim has taught at Yonsei University in the ROK and has been a leading researcher in the fields of philosophy and education for Kukkiwon (and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation) for over 30 years. His recent dissertation is a groundbreaking history of the kwans prior to 1955. At iACT 2019, Professor Kim will present the findings of his two-year project commissioned by Kukkiwon, on the meaning of “Taekwondo spirit” (跆拳道精神; 태권도정신).


Dr. Joseph J. Lynch, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Philosophy of California Polytechnic State University and founding president of The Society for the Study of Philosophy and the Martial Arts that holds two sessions each year at the American Philosophical Association Conference (Pacific Division).


Dr. Udo Moenig, Ph.D., is a professor in the Youngsan University (ROK) Department of Taekwondo in Yangsan as the first foreigner in Korea to teach Taekwondo at the university level. His latest publication is a groundbreaking work titled Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport (London: Routledge, 2015). He will discuss the transformation of Taekwondo’s philosophical talking points that Taekwondo leaders have stressed over the past decades.


Master Herb Perez is a 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in Taekwondo and has been one of the most recognizable figures in USA Taekwondo. He recently was Mayor of Foster City, California.


Dr. Franjo Prot is a full tenured professor, and the Kinesiology Faculty Chair, at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and President of the European Taekwondo Union Council. where Since 1981, he has published 235 papers, 177 scientific papers, and 58 professional papers in the fields of kinesiology, data analysis, psychology, biology, and social anthropology. He is a former national team competitor (2nd WTF World championships in Seoul in 1975). Since 1986, Dr. Prot has continuously headed most of the national teams; namely the World Taekwondo Championships, World Taekwondo Cups, European Taekwondo Championships, and FISU Universiades.


 Dr. Hyeongseok Song, Ph.D. has been a Professor at the Department of Taekwondo, Keimyung University in Daegu (ROK) since 1999. His research interests are in historical and philosophical problems of Taekwondo and sport from a humanistic perspective. His iACT 2019 presentation will focus on the concept of “Taekwondo spirit” (跆拳道精神; 태권도정신).


Dr. Tobias Winright earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is an Associate Professor of Theological Ethics in Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis University as well as Associate Editor of Health Care Ethics USA. His research focus has been academic work focuses on ethics, primarily, but not necessarily, with regard to the use of force. He has extensive experience in law enforcement (both corrections and policing). He will present on circumventing the binary barricade between pacifism and just war theory in Christian ethics.


Dr. George Vitale is only the seventh American-born practitioner to achieve the level of 9th dan in ITF Taekwon-Do. He earned his doctorate from the State Commission on Academic Degrees and Titles in the DPRK. A leading diplomat of Taekwondo, Dr. Vitale will chair the iACT 2019 panel on the Taekwondo’s philosophy and history.


International Meeting of Minds to Improve Taekwondo for the Future