Pioneer Women of the Moo Duk Kwan® Past and Present and Future - Sa Bom Nim Doris Beaven, O Dan, Dan Bon #19765

Beaven Sa Bom Nim was recognized for her significant contributions to the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, during the recent 75th Anniversary of the World Moo Duk Kwan.


Doris Beaven SBN with her students, James Harwood SBN, DB 23104 (left) and Judy Sudak SBN, DB 26026 (right)


(l to r) Doris Beaven SBN, #19765, Mary Ann Walsh SBN,#17926 and Keiko Mason SBN #19023

Sa Bom Nim Doris Beaven began training in Soo Bahk Do in 1971 under Richard Byrne SBN (14945).  She received her Cho Dan from Byrne SBN in 1974 and opened her dojang, Bay State Tang Soo Do at the Beverly Regional YMCA.  This would eventually become dojang SA26, a dojang that would run for over 40 years at various locations in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts.

(l to r) unknown, PJ Steyer, Doris Beaven SBN, James Harwood SBN, Mr. Aaron Marsh

When the Charter Convention took place, Byrne SBN did not participate, so Beaven SBN asked and was accepted to train under charter member Robert Beaudoin SBN (5661) and join the Federation.  She re-tested for her Cho Dan and was given Dan Bon 19765.  Later, Beaven SBN would make a similar choice to change instructors so that she could remain with the Moo Duk Kwan, this time becoming a student of charter member Ben Cortese SBN (11689).

Cortese SBN presents Beaven SBN with her Sa Dan (1988)

At the 1987 Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa in Springfield, NJ, Beaven SBN tested for Sa Dan alongside fellow pioneering women of the Moo Duk Kwan, Mary Ann Walsh SBN and Keiko Mason SBN, who were candidates for O Dan and Sa Dan, respectively.  She would go on to serve the USA  Federation and USA Region 1 for many years as the Region 1 Examiner and a Studio Owner before retiring from active teaching in the late 1990s.  She still maintains a strong connection with her students today, and her example of discipline, endurance, honesty, and integrity remains as strong as ever.

Russell Colston (22358) at the 6th US Nationals at West Point, NY. Doris Beaven (19765) doing a corner judge.
The 1987 Summer Camp at the Pathwalk Center, NY. John Burke (21595), Vic Martinov (10189), Cluie Huffman (23705), Rick Bailey (20514), Ted Smith (22011), Sue Robin (19459), Mark Wilson (21360), Doris Beaven (1976)


Respectfully Submitted by

P.J. Steyer, Sa bom Nim, TAC Assistant and  Region 5 Examiner

Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation




  • Roberto Bonefont

    Began training in 1967 at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan on June 18, 1969.  Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued his original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on his petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn, Dan Bon 6037 and Mr. Vincent Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.


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