Special Ko Dan Ja Presentation for Master Jaime Lazu, Dan Bon #31628, World Moo Duk Kwan® Puerto Rico
World Moo Duk Kwan Puerto Rico

March 10, 2021 was a special day for Master Jaime Lazu, a founding member and TAC member, of the World Moo Duk Kwan® Puerto Rico.  The ceremony was hosted on Zoom by Master Roberto Bonefont, Sr., Region 2, USA, who first visited Puerto Rico with Kwan Jang Nim and Bonsignore Sa Bom Nim in 1997 to rejoin their organization back into the World Moo Duk Kwan®.

Master Bonefont starting the Zoom session.
Master Jaime Lazu seated front row 2nd from the left.
Past picture: front row: l to r: Richard Morales, KSN, Master Jaime Lazu, Rodrigo Cruz, Sa Bom Nim, Jim Class, Sa Bom Nim, and Master John Lynch, Cruz Sa Bom Nim is Class Sa Bom Nims' instructor. The other mentioned members are all members of the Puerto Rico Moo Duk Kwan.

The presentation ceremony started with our traditional opening ceremony with the Kwan Jang Nim and senior Ko Dan Ja in attendance.

Master Lazu was honored by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang, Frank Bonsignore Sa Bom Nim, Ramiro Guzman, Sa Bom Nim, Jim Class, Sa Bom Nim, Master Roberto Bonefont, Master John Lynch, and Richard Morales, Kyo Sa Nim last Wednesday.

Master Lazu was presented by Kwan Jang Nim with his Sa Dan promotion Certificate #31628.  Master Lazu had been granted Master level by his former instructor who was not representing the World Moo Duk Kwan® at the time.

To officially recognize all his accomplishments, dedication, sacrifices, and his loyalty to the World Moo Duk Kwan®, he was honored with his Sa Dan certificate, announced in Korean by Frank Bonsignore Sa Bom Nim, and handed to him by his current Sa Bom Nim instructor and designee for Puerto Rico, Jim Class, Sa Bom Nim, O Dan.  This presentation was done virtually through a Zoom video session between Puerto Rico, New York, New Jersey, and Mexico.

Frank Bonsignore, Sa bom Nim, US Federation Charter member and Hu Kyun In

After the certificate presentation, Kwan Jang Nim spoke directly to Master Lazu (who is legally blind, and has loss of hearing) speaking about Master Lazu's long history with the development and his dedication to continue the Moo Duk Kwan®being present on the Island over the many years of his dedication.  He spoke about Master Lazu's strong shim gung during the difficult years of government and financial pressures he overcame to license the organization with the government of Puerto Rico Sports Authorities.


In 1997, Kwan Jang Nim first visited the island of Puerto Rico, to evaluate the situation in Puerto Rico and the Moo Duk Kwan®, which had lost its connection to the late Founder and our current Kwan Jang Nim.  At that time, Mr Lazu had hosted the visitation of the Kwan Jang Nim and his two companions during the visit, Bonsignore SBN and Mr. Bonefont.

Kwan Jang Nim;s first visit to Puerto Rico ... seated to the right of Kwan Jang Nim is Master Jaime Lazu, far right is Mr. Morales Kyo Sa Nim, and in the standing row far left is Jim Class, Sa Bom Nim, at the time a young Cho Dan. This photo was taken by me after the special clinic conducted by the Kwan Jang Nim and Bonsignore Sa Bom Nim.
In this photo, far left in small group is Mr Jose Tanco, then a young green belt with his family. You can barely see my side and back standing on the far left.

Mr Lazu made most of the arrangement for transportation, reserved hotel rooms and organize the location for the Clinic taught by the Kwan Jang Nim at the time.  It was his goal to re-cement the roots in Puerto Rico to the World Moo Duk Kwan® again.

Master Lazu accepting his Sa Dan Certificate... SOO BAHK!
A very emotional moment for Master Lazu and his students in attendance.
Master Lazu being congratulated by Kwan Jang Nim and honoring his dedication and service to the World Moo Duk Kwan® and Puerto Rico.

After the other senior Ko Dan Ja and Masters congratulated Master Lazu, Master Lazu addressed everyone in attendance, including many of his students.  He thanked the Kwan Jang Nim and everyone who attended the presentation, and spoke of his renewed commitment and promise to keep the Puerto Rico organization in the World Moo Duk Kwan®.  His former student, now designee for Puerto Rico, Jim Class Sa Bom Nim, gave an emotional history of his instructor and expressed how grateful he was to Master Lazu for his support in maintaining an active Moo Duk Kwan® in Puerto Rico.

If there is to be a listing of Founding members of the Puerto Rico Moo Duk Kwan, surely Master Jaime Lazu will be on that list.

Congratulations, Master Lazu, Dan Bon #31628. He was given his Ko Dan Ja Certificate and Gold Pin in Puerto Rico.  There is only one Moo Duk Kwan®.

Master Lazu being presented with his KDJ Gold Pin, in the top of the picture you can see other participants, including on the far right, Master John Lynch, also a PR TAC member, who lives on another part of the island.

Thank you to Kwan Jang Nim, Bonsignore Sa Bom Nim, Hu Kyun In and US Federation Charter Member,  and Guzman Sa Bom Nim, World TAC member, Charter Member of the Mexican Federation of the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan®, for making this a memorable event.  And our special thanks to all the students and senior dan and gup members who were in virtual attendance.  The ceremony ended with our traditional closing ceremony. 


Special thank you and Gracias to Mrs. Class for taking the pictures and video of the ceremony.


There was also another presentation to Master Lazu and Mr Morales Kyo Sa Nim, with their participation certificates for the 75th anniversary and a Kyo Sa certification for Master Lazu.




  • 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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