Kwon’s Karate, a Manhasset mainstay for more than 20 years, offers classes in the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. Practitioners of the art become skilled in self-defense techniques that are highly effective in almost any situation. Perhaps equally important, practitioners find they become more confident, disciplined and respectful of others.

Master H.Y. Kwon founded the studio in 1992 and still teaches there on an almost daily basis. He has trained in Soo Bahk Do for more than five decades and is one of only a handful of 9th degree black belts in the world. His skills are legendary.

Dr. D.K. Kwon, the studio founder’s son, is a certified Soo Bahk Do master instructor and has taught alongside his father for well over a decade. Dr. Kwon, a licensed physical therapist, recently took over ownership of the studio, renaming it Kwon’s Wellness and expanding the scope of programs available to provide an even greater focus on fitness and health. Children and adults have always been able to train in the martial arts at Kwon’s. Now they can also practice yoga and receive physical therapy and chiropractic care.


Master Esther Kwon, daughter of the studio founder and also a long-time instructor there, holds an advanced degree in teaching and has made working with children her specialty. As a certified master instructor in Soo Bahk Do, she helps kids develop strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as discipline and respect. She also has a rare ability to foster a child’s confidence and leadership skills.

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