Master Swaney is one of the most capable and respected Masters in Martial Arts today and has taught thousands of students, black belts and instructors both inside and outside the USA . Master Swaney is a long time student under world famous Korean Grandmaster, Jun Kim, a 5 time Korean National Champion and the founder of Ko Am Mu Do. Master Swaney served as Chief Instructor of Koammudo since it's inception in 1998 and in 2004 was appointed his current position as Executive Director of The World Ko Am Mu Do Federation. Master Walter Swaney continues serving as Executive Director and is a strong pillar of Koammudo and Korean Martial Arts.
Master Walter Swaney has a lifetime of Martial Arts training and teaching experience. Master Swaney grew up in a military family and is the son of one of the most highly decorated warriors in American history. Lt Col. "Cactus" Jack Swaney- Army, Rangers and later USAF fighter pilot serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Master Walter Swaney started his martial arts training with his father and formal martial arts training begin in Japan in 1970, Guam 1971 and 1972.
Master Walter Swaney was later raised by a Korean family since age 9 where his love and passion for the Korean martial arts began.
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Master Swaney has extensive training and teaching experience in Korea, Latin America and the USA in both the hard-(fighting) and soft-(healing) sides of Korean and other Martial Arts.
Master Swaney is an expert in and teaches many martial arts including Taekwondo, Ko Am Mu Do, Hapkido, Haidong Gumdo, Yudo, Kick Boxing, Gumdo (sword), Weapons, Ki Gong (Ki Development), healing and organ training ( Oh hang system ), hand to hand combat/self defense/weapons defense.
Master Walter Swaney is also an experienced full contact fighter/competitor, trainer, coach and referee.
Some of his many notable accomplishments
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Master Walter Swaney has trained all over the world in all kinds of styles and with many excellent Masters and Grand Masters. However, he always advises to find a qualified teacher you trust and stay with whatever particular art until one reaches high level Black Belt. The most important aspect your martial arts life is the respect and relationship with your teacher.
Master Swaney was very fortunate to have spent most of his life growing up and training under some of the greatest martial artist on the planet. In fact serveral of his long time teachers are direct students of the original Korean martial arts founders such as Choi (founder of Hapkido) and Ji Han Jae (founder of Sin Moo Hapkido), Hwang Ki (founder of Moo Duk Kwan), Chun, Sang Sup (founder of Jidokwan) and Nam Suk Lee (of Chang Moo Kwan).
Master Swaney's first long time teacher passed away. The late, Grand Master John Woong Chung, 8th Dan Kukkiwon / Jidokwan / Han Moo Kwan, 6th Dan Korea Hapkido Federation, 4th Dan Yudo, Korean National Champion undefeated and Korean boxing champion.
Since 1996, Master Swaney has been a student of 9th Dan Grandmaster Jun Hyun Kim was a 5 time Korean National Champion and happens to be one of the worlds most renowned and respected Grandmasters, who together with three other world respected 9th Dan Grandmasters, Yung Ho Jun, NG Guak and Jin Chung, founded Ko Am Mu Do and The World Ko Am Mu Do Federation. NG Guak is also the founder and president of The World Hapkido Association and Yung Ho Jun is president of Chang Moo Kwan passed to him from his teacher and founder Nam Suk Lee.
Master Walter Swaney's current "formal" instructors. In real Martial Arts the first two questions when real Master meet are... 1) Who is your teacher (not some vitual or seminar teacher, but more than 20 years). 2) Depending on the answer to number one, lets train.
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"I teach for the love of my students and love of the Martial Arts. My number one priority is to always put the best long term interest of students at the forefront of everything we do. I remain true to my Korean martial arts roots and my teacher, martial arts father, friend and mentor Grandmaster Jun Kim. I strive daily to uphold his expectations of humility and excellence." Master, Walter Swaney
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