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Sabeom Frank Heininga: A Journey of Mastery in Haedong Kumdo

As a dedicated practitioner and teacher of Haedong Kumdo, Sabeom Frank Heininga embodies the essence of martial arts as both a physical discipline and a profound mental challenge. His journey began in 1987 at the age of 9 under the guidance of sportschool Bartels, marking the initiation of a lifelong passion for Korean Martial Arts.

Philosophy and Connection

For Sabeom Heininga, Haedong Kumdo is not just a set of techniques; it is a way of life. The art’s unique harmony between sword movements and ki exercises resonates deeply with him, providing not only physical energy but also fostering enduring strength, even as the years progress. This deep connection extends beyond the training hall, as Sabeom Heininga considers his club not just a martial arts community but a second family. Together, they share not only a commitment to the art but also a set of values and life philosophyβ€”Loyalty, Respect, Honor, and Unity.

Mission and Invitation

Driven by a personal mission, Sabeom Heininga seeks to guide and inspire others on their journey to the black belt and beyond. He believes that achieving this milestone is not just about enhancing martial arts skills but also about boosting self-confidence and enriching one’s life. He warmly invites individuals to explore the transformative power of Haedong Kumdo and discover their untapped potential.

Milestones and Achievements

Sabeom Heininga’s martial arts journey has been marked by significant achievements and continuous growth. He holds black belt promotions in Tang Soo Do and Haedong Kumdo, showcasing his dedication and expertise in these disciplines. Notable achievements include:

  • World champion sparring at the American Tang Soo Do Association event in 2005.
  • Three-time European champion in Tang Soo Do forms across Germany, England, and Italy.
  • Recognition for various accolades, including most improved student, most motivated Black Belt, best style, and splitmaster.
  • Commendation by Grand Master Shin, Jae Chul for teaching in South Africa.
  • Translation of several manuals and books about Korean Martial Arts into Dutch.
  • Contribution of over 30 workshops aimed at building the self-confidence and self-esteem of young children.
  • Organization of specialized self-defense classes for women facing domestic violence.
  • Professional degree in traditional Chinese medicine as a herbalist.
  • Specialization in Ki training and medical Qigong.
  • Development of a unique seasonal Qigong program based on the five elements to reduce stress and promote vitality.
  • Co-founder of the Dutch Haedong Kumdo Association.
  • Creation of student resources and leadership training materials for remote training during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Organization of national central training, specialized instructor training, beach training sessions, summer camps, and tournaments to foster camaraderie and growth.
  • Hosting of three international events with Grand Master Kim, Jeong Seong in the Netherlands.
  • Appointment as UWHKF Representative for the Netherlands from 2016-2023 (discharged with honor).

Legacy and Impact

Proudly reflecting on the development of more than a dozen Black Belts, Sabeom Frank Heininga continues to work tirelessly, both as a practitioner and teacher, to elevate the standards of Haedong Kumdo. His impact extends beyond the training hall, touching the lives of those he instructs and inspiring them to reach new heights in their martial arts journey.


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