Many people think that America does not have its own traditions and culture because it has a very short history which has rapidly changed. Those who are familiar with the theory of traditions know that this statement is false. The theory suggests that any culture practiced for at least 100 years or for three generations is activity which is historically significant and valuable for that country. Therefore, America has traditions, since this country has developed over a span of 400 years.
The importance of maintaining this culture is why I have created the American Intangible Cultural Heritage, a registered non-profit organization (Illinois Secretary of State File # 6667-292-1). Its goal is to find historically significant events and activities, document them, and educate others about them through reenactments and activities, thereby preserving them for the next generation. I have always been very interested in the transmission of history and culture. At the UN, UNESCO exists to ensure international cooperation in the development of laws and resources for the preservation of designated sites.
As the American Delegate to the World Martial Arts Union, I have wanted each year to promote uniquely American performing arts and martial arts in their exhibition, development, and relevance to the world community. In 2010, I formed the American Intangible Cultural Heritage as a State of Illinois non-profit organization.
For the last 4 years, I have held gatherings at my home to accomplish this goal – by inviting several local and a few regional or national performers of American arts, inviting special guest performers from Korean and other international communities, inviting as many people as possible to watch and participate, and teach them American martial arts through a festival of games (tomahawk throwing, atlatl launching, American-style horseback riding).
I look forward to furthering this mission especially by understanding and researching the Korean method for registering and preserving its cultural treasures and through training and supporting performers to attend WoMAU events.