At age 14, 2nd Dan Abe Hendlish channeled his abundance of physical energy into Taekwondo for two years. Though lacking focus, the time served to plant seeds of understanding into the benefits of following a path to mind-body harmony.
In 2002, craving the steady discipline and fitness that Taekwondo provides, Abe continued his training under Masters Jun Chul and Sung Chul Whang at West Side Taekwondo in New York City. Inspired by the philosophy, strenuous regimen, and feeling of camaraderie, he became a faithful and dedicated student of the art.
Abe joined Hwa Rang Kwan shortly after he moved to San Francisco in late 2006, and immediately recognized that the challenging and nurturing environment would be ideal for the continuous development of his practice. When on the mat (or as Abe refers to it, “in therapy”) he prefers to focus on the elegance of the fundamentals.
Outside of the dojang, Abe is President of Joonbi Software, a web development consultancy. He likes to spend mostly all the rest of his time with his wife Sarah and son Benjamin… and he can’t wait until Benjamin is old enough to fit into a dobok and start throwing some kicks!