Region 8 Wins Hosting Rights For 2014 National Festival


Members who took personal action and bid or pledged for the 2014 National Festival to be hosted in Region 8 have won the bidding process for this event!


The Finance Committee and Board of Directors will review the bidding results and announce the official site selection for 2014 following their January meetings.

Thank you all for expressing your member ownership in the Federation through your personal participation in the 2014 bidding process.

Bidding for the 2015 National Festival Destination will open soon. Check back soon!


Bidding ended [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”12/31/2013″].

Region 8

Dates: JULY 17-20 2014 (Fri-Sat)

Location: SALT LAKE CITY, UT Bid today!

You cannot lose with the Federation's Bidding Policy regardless of where or when the Festival is held and in appreciation of your participation in the bidding process you earn 25% on every dollar you bid!

Region 8 Destination 2014
$10,799.00 / $15,000.00


istock_000004493185medium-c_2000x1450Region 8 (AZ, CO, ID, MT, UT)


Region 8 Has Won Hosting Privileges For The 2014 National Festival!


Highlights Of The National Festival Experience You Have Won!

Potential Venues (AZ, CO, ID, MT, UT) – Suggest Others in Comments Below

Come and visit beautiful Salt Lake City, UT, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Direct flights are available from most US cities and you can just hop onto a train and you'll be dropped off at the Little America Hotel, the proposed venue in downtown Salt Lake City.

There you will be in walking distance to all of the main attractions downtown Salt Lake has to offer.


Little America Hotel has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 2013


Your Region 8 Hosts

Soo Bahk Do Institute

How Do Gups Qualify To Attend The 2014 National Festival?

If you are a Gup member who wants to qualify to attend the National Festival, or the parent of a Gup its very easy for you to qualify to attend the 2014 National Festival just by bidding or sending a pledge email before bidding closes.

If you are an Instructor with Gup members who you would like to assure have an opportunity to participate in the 2014 National Festival, you can still qualify them by submitting a bid or pledge on their behalf before bidding closes.

Nationally Qualified Gup Members

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A Gift Instructors Can Give Students

red-gift-box-gold-bowYour students and their parents may never see this gift coming until the opportunity to use it is upon them; much like the self defense training you provide your students. And this is the kind of gift that a student will never forget you giving to them; again, much like the Soo Bahk Do® training experience that you provide for them.

“What is this gift and how much does it cost,” you ask?

Well, first you need to know that only Gup members who have bid or pledged during the bidding process will be eligible to attend the National Festival. The National Festival  is a Dan leadership level event; HOWEVER, Gup members who are not yet Dans, but who take personal action to bid or pledge will earn their eligibility to attend via their action (even if they are unsure that they will be able to attend)…. those who take personal action are our art's future leaders. They are planning ahead, they envision the prize in the distance and they are already marching toward it.

But if your students or their parents should happen to get busy during this holiday season and forget to bid or pledge before bidding ends, then that opportunity will have passed them by and they may not even know it until the National Festival date draws near.

Distressed Girl Holding Her HeadFlash forward to a few weeks before the National Festival when everyone is getting excited to attend and THEN your Gups and their parents start asking you how they can attend the National Festival and the only answer you have for them is… “you can't” because you did not take action and “qualify to attend the event” by bidding or pledging during the bidding and pledging process.

Ohhhhhhh, the sea of sad faces you'll be looking at and the endless stream of reasons and excuses you'll be deluged with explaining why they did not participate in the “bidding process qualifying event.” Can you hear them now? They were never told about it, their computer got a virus, they had no internet, they forgot, they were on vacation, they were busy, they were sick, the dog chewed up their computer keyboard, soooooooooo surely an exception can be made for them due to their extenuating circumstances. Right???  As an instructor you have probably already heard some of these on the days that rank testing packets are due.


Wouldn't it be great if at that exact moment you could reach into your magic box of instructor tricks and pull out a set of tickets to the National Festival and tell them, “No problem, I took action and reserved a spot for you because I wanted you to have the experience of attending the National Festival.”

You would be their HERO even more than usual!

So what does it take for you to be able to pull off this super hero feat? It takes one simple personal action by you as their instructor before bidding closes.  No, you do not have to break bricks with your fist. 🙂

All you need to do is make a small bid or pledge on behalf of each gup student that you want to be eligible to attend the National Festival should they decide to do so later. When you bid or pledge on behalf of a Gup student just provide both their email address and their mobile phone# and then they will be eligible to attend the National Festival. But if they don't act and you don't act, then they can't.

Its not the amount of the bid or pledge that matters, its the personal action taken by someone who cares enough to take that personal action. THAT is what matters.

We will all be hearing the Kwan Jang Nim conveying a related message during his PVT II appearances.  He indicates that he will be speaking about “Personal Vision and personal action, especially in youth.”

In addition to being a gift instructors can give students, any fellow member could make a bid or pledge in the name of a Gup member to assure that Gup member is eligible to attend the National Festival.

In less than 30 seconds per student you can do a good deed and open up spots for deserving Gup students to attend the National Festival. Should they fail to act, then you have got their back.

Your personal action today may be a gift that an eager student will never forget tomorrow.

Click to Bid or Pledge before bidding closes!

Please take a moment to share this gift idea with your fellow instructors via email or social media post, etc.

Save $1000 or More By Bidding On The National Festival Destination

Why Should I Bid On The National Festival Destination?

Its simple. Lets do the math.

For example, I BID $500 and earn $125 PLUS potentially SAVE $1000 to $1500 when my local destination wins.

Wherever you live, attending the National Festival has always meant, and will continue to mean, one of two different travel and cost experiences in order to participate. The time commitment and the financial commitment required to experience this remarkable national event are primary reasons why only the most dedicated and committed practitioners (typically, less than 15% of all members) have historically participated in the National Festival.

  1. Cars-256When the National Festival is relatively near you, then driving in for the Festival activities will probably result in attendance costs of fuel, lodging (if you can't drive home each night), meals and registration fees totaling $500 to $700.
  2. When the National Festival is far away from you, then flying in will probably result in attendance costs of airfare, parking fees at airport, or a cab/friend taking you to and from the airport, a rental car or shuttle when you arrive at the festival site, lodging, meals and registration fees totaling $1500 to $2000.

Sooooooooo if I BID or PLEDGE $500 toward a National Festival destination that is near my students and if that local destination wins, then we can each Save $1000 or more by bidding on a local National Festival destination because we will be able to attend locally rather than far away if that destination wins.

AND with the Federation's win-win-win bidding policy and 25% bonus credit for every dollar I bid, then my $500 BID earns an additional $125 in bonus credit and becomes a total of $625 on my member ledger.

OR if I PLEDGE $500, then I can make small, affordable monthly payments to Headquarters over time toward the cost of attending the National Festival.

AND if the destination I BID for does NOT win, then I can get a full refund or I can apply my bid plus bonus toward attending the event at the winning location or apply it toward any other Federation products or services that I want.

Hmmmmmmmm…. seems like the question should be, “Why would I NOT Bid on the National Festival Destination?”

“Individual participation is the Key Energy necessary to strengthen our foundation.”
– H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim