American Gohn Dagow Association
Futzu (master) Hickmond began studying Gohn Dagow with Futzu Treon in 1973. He became an Instructor in 1975. He continued to study with Futzu Treon until 1980, when he moved to Bend, Oregon, and opened the AGDA center there. Futzu Hickmond continued to study with Futzu Treon for 25 years, until Futzu Treon’s death in 1998. Futzu Hickmond then became the director of the American Gohn Dagow Association.
Futzu Hickmond has been teaching in Bend, OR since 1980. Classes meet once a week for two hours. Class size is limited to between 10 and 12 persons to insure quality, individualized instruction.
Private lessons are also available.
A variety of classes, workshops and seminars exist. Traditional classes consist of meditation, philosophy training, and physical movements for health and self defense, including, but not limited to: qi gong (energy movements), boxing (using hands and feet), holds and throws. Workshops and seminars are presented in a variety of topics, including meditative and qi gong movements, boxing (using hands and feet), holds, breaks, throws and rape awareness. Self defense classes for women only are available, as well as mother / daughter classes. A person must be at least 18 years of age to be in the traditional adult classes. However, classes for persons under 18 years of age are also available.
Futzu Dan Hickmond was born in Fresno, California in 1946. He received a M.A. in English Literature from Cal State Fresno in 1975. He began training in Gohn Dagow in 1973 with Futzu Francis Treon, the founder of the American Gohn Dagow Association. Mr. Hickmond became Sien Seong (teacher) in 1986, after studying for 13 years with Futzu Treon. In 1980, Mr Hickmond started teaching Gohn Dagow in Bend, Oregon. After 22 years of study, Mr. Hickmond became Futzu. Futzu Hickmond is also certified as a Personal Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM), and a Certified Tai Chi Instructor. He is the only living master of Gohn Dagow.