At Mattevi’s Martial Arts Academy in Superior, Wisconsin, our style of martial arts is in the direct lineage of the Song Moo Kwan which was founded by Grandmaster Byong Jick Ro. The teachings of Grandmaster Ro were brought to the United States from Korea by several trustworthy students. One of whom was Il Joo Kim. One of Grandmaster Kim’s first students was Bob Chaney.
Master Chaney continued to carry on the traditions of the Song Moo Kwan Kuk Ki Ryu while pursuing the knowledge of Muay Thai kickboxing as well as other martial arts including Jiu-Jitsu. The teachings of Master Chaney were entrusted to Master Gary Mattevi who continues to carry on the traditions of the Song Moo Kwan Kuk Ki Ryu, the teachings of Master Chaney while pursuing the knowledge of other martial arts.
Master Gary Mattevi began his training in 1974 under Grand Master Bob Chaney, and is currently a seventh degree black belt, an inductee in the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame and Martial Arts Museum of America.
Mrs. Kim Mattevi began her training in 1993 in the Song Moo Kwan, and is currently a fourth degree black belt, the founder and head instructor of On Alert Self-Defense and program director of the Mini Ninjas (preschool karate). She is an adjunct Instructor a Lake Superior College and co-owner of the the martial arts academy.