are 2 friends Shanti Paragh & Alex Krijger.
In 2004 Hwa Rang DoŽ Vlissingen / Netherlands will exist 10 years. We
brought up the idea to organise something special to celebrate this event,
namely an Asian Festival on the beautiful boulevard of Vlissingen.
In 1992 during an holiday of Alex at Shanti's in the Philippines who at
time was working there- Shanti could convince Alex in one lesson of the
completion of the Korean martial art Hwa Rang Do ('the way from child to
adulthood). Soon enough Shanti thought of introducing this art in the
Netherlands. For him it was clear that Alex was the best candidate for
this. Early 1994 the Philippine instructor Henry Duguil came to Vlissingen
to train Alex personally. A start was made. After 6 months of intensive
training there seem to be enough materials to found an association.
Duguil had to return home and Shanti came back to the Netherlands quickly
after. The association was soon a fact. Because of his work and place of
residence Shanti could not join the association intensively. He was made an
honorary member and from that position he kept on advising the management.
Alex continued his training in Germany (Castrop
Rauxel), at that time the headquarter HRD of Europe. In 1996 he travelled to
the US (Los Angeles, World Headquarter HRD) to train there under the founder
of Hwa Rang DoŽ, Dr.Joo Bang Lee. In the same year he gained his 1st
Dan black belt. Meanwhile he has the 3d Dan.
Because of the interest from habitants of Hoek we tried to found an
association there. The distance seemed to be an obstacle to continue this
initiative. Shortly after there was interest from another place Bergen op
Zoom, where in the meantime a satisfactory association has been founded. At
this moment we are examining the possibilities to set up an establishment in
Eventually partly due to the developments and the good relationship WHRDA
plans to trust the headquarter of Europe to HRD Vlissingen.