AMERICAN KANG DUK WON KARATE

An Active Partner in the Community


Since its establishment in 1969, American Kang Duk Won Karate has prided itself in being actively involved in the communities where classes are taught. The following pictures are intended to display some of the manners in which the association participates in community functions.




Master Instructor Robert Lawlor discusses safety concepts
with a women's self-defense class at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.

 

Master Palumbo addressing an elementary school on the importance of education and being good citizens. This address was part of an AKDW demonstration on an activity day at the East Side Elementary School in Gouverneur, NY.

 

Master Palumbo (in the above photo sequence) executing a 100 board break in one minute
at the Gouverneur High School "National Make a Difference Day",
culminating with his Power Break to complete the feat.

It was successfully completed in 38 seconds!
Master Lawlor presents a check
(The American Kang Duk Won fundraiser for Handicap Physical Education Programs raised nearly $3000 dollars)
to Mr. John Dixon (Principal GHS) and Mrs. Lauren French (Program Organizer)

 

Female black belts completed a 2 day, 50 mile
canoe challenge in the Adirondack mountains of NY

 

Members of the Association take part in an annual Public Broadcasting Fundraiser, Watertown, NY station.

 


State Senator Patty Richie sent the karate office a communication, reproduced below, that she observed a news article about AKDW members. In this case, it was a picture of those attending the last summer workout at the Canton Bend in the River Park alongside the Grasse River.


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  • 2013 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 18, 19 and 25, 26, 2013.

    The theme for the Haunted House has always been to honor the "Classic Masters of Fright." These Classic Masters might be from memorable short stories, books, or the movies. The exhibits are developed and staffed by members of American Kang Duk Won. Guides escort visitors in small groups and provide commentary for total enjoyment and safety. Visitors of all ages are welcome, even small children, as the intent is for excitement, intrigue, and fun, not gross horror.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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    Women's Self-Defense Class at St. Lawrence University
    Photos from the Fall 2001 seminar.
    Photos from the Fall 2007 seminar.


  • 2013 Festival of Trees - Set up


  • 2014 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 17, 18 and 24, 25, 2014.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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  • Master Palumbo Helps St. Mary's Students Make Holiday Baskets For Veterans
  • Students make Holiday baskets for veterans

    By ALISHA REXFORD
    JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS
    PUBLISHED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014 AT 12:30 AM
     WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES

    CANTON: Students from St. Mary's recently  prepared Christmas baskets and gifts for 25 local Veterans.

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    From left, Madison Hoy, fifth grade, Gabe Ballard, sixth grade, and Maria Tartaglia, fourth grade,
    all students at St. Mary's School in Canton, stand with Christmas baskets they made for veterans Thursday in the school gymnasium.

    “My favorite part was putting together the baskets,” said sixth-grader Grace Sawyko, daughter of Leon T. Sawyko and Carol R. Frank, who was responsible for wrapping the project with cellophane, bows and ribbons. Grace explained how every class worked together to make an individualized card for each veteran. “Our class made one with a line from a Christmas carol,” she said, proceeding to sing “Merry Christmas” and reciting the verse that was written on her card. Nursery-school pupils though sixth-graders chimed in singing carols alongside classmates while they admired their finished products Thursday afternoon. Children were responsible for making homemade Christmas cards, setting up fruit and materials needed for the baskets, assembling and wrapping the wicker baskets and topping them off with bows they tied themselves. “Everybody did their part,” school Principal Pamelia A. Neal said, explaining the various jobs assigned to each age group. “We're happy to show the veterans our support and give thanks for all that they do for our country.”

    The traditional Christmas bundles contained grapefruit, pears, apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, special seasonal confections, flavored tea packets, hot cocoa, a holiday greeting card from the students and a colorful final touch: a small American flag and bow handmade by the students. Money for the supplies was donated by families from the school, while Canton resident Frank A. Palumbo Jr. donated baskets and was responsible for gathering the supplies. His son, Francesco G. Palumbo, a student at SUNY Canton, joined his father and the students in putting the gifts together.

    Frank Palumbo, an American Kang Duk Won karate instructor, helped to organize the event, which was called the “SMS Project” — St. Mary's School Project. His fancy fruit basket traditions now encompass three generations, beginning with his mother, Mary J. Palumbo, and late father, Frank A. Palumbo Sr., who owned and operated Franklin Market located on historic Public Square in downtown Watertown for 30 years before retiring in 1984.  “Seeing all these kids working on the baskets reminded me of myself when I was just barely high enough to look over the counter,” he said, reminiscing about his days at his parents' market.

    Mr. Palumbo Jr. recalls working side by side with his parents making hundreds of baskets and ribbons ranging in all sizes during the holidays, which they later would hand-deliver to Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, governmental agencies, hospital patients and staff, and local families throughout the region. He addressed the students gathered together with their colorfully decorated finished baskets resting on the table. “How do you handle the fruit?” Mr. Palumbo asked the group of students. “Carefully!” they shouted in unison, all smiles.

    According to the second-generation basket-maker, the key to making a great basket is making sure that its produce is fresh and that as few people as possible handle the fruit. The holiday bundles were distributed Thursday and Friday to 25 service members residing at Maplewood Nursing Home, 205 State Street Road, and the Canton Housing Authority high-rise apartment complexes at 35 and 37 Riverside Drive.

    Families and students were encouraged to participate in the deliveries that were sure to have brought big smiles from their recipients. Volunteer Debra Ames, a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church and senior vice president of the Ladies Auxiliary, helped coordinate and assist with deliveries. “Whenever we ask them to do something for the veterans, they always do it,” Ms. Ames said. “That's why we call it the school of heart.”


  • 2015 Creepy Creatures Haunted House
  • The annual Creepy Creatures Haunted House was held in The Historic Paddock Arcade, in downtown Watertown, New York on two weekends prior to Halloween, Friday and Saturday October 16, 17 and 23, 24, 2015.

    The following pictures show the cast from the last night and pictures of the various exhibits.
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  • 2015 Children's Christmas Clinic


  • Festival of Trees Award
  • This placque was presented to AKDWK for the continual aid in the setup and take-down of the trees for the Festival of the Trees.


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  • Christmas Tree at St. Mary's Church, Canton
  • This tree was put up at St. Mary's Church in Canton, by AKDWK students with red, white, and, blue lights to honor the U.S. Veterans.  Annual Gift fruit baskets will once again be made with the assistance of the elementary grades, Nursery-6th, students, and then delivered to community veterans by parish and school families.


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  • SUNY Alumni Military Appreciation Day
  • The SUNY Canton Baseball Team sponsored a U.S. Military Appreciation Day on April 24, 2016,
    for all SUNY Canton graduates who serve our country.
    Photos by American Kang Duk Won Karate Brown Belt Francesco Palumbo
    (Sports Management Major & SUNY Roos Team Member)

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  • AKDW Noted in 2016 Watertown Visitors' Guide
  • The AKDW Creepy Creatures Haunted House is listed in the Watertown Visitors' Guide as a notable event for visitors to include in their Watertown experience if they are in the area at Halloween time. We should be very proud that our endeavors are so well received by the community. Below are images of the cover of the Visitors' Guide and and the Community Festivals & Events page with our listing.

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