The founder of hankido is Myung Jae-nam. He studied Korean martial arts in his youth, later studied hapkido and got in touch with a Japanese aikido master. He was the official representative of the Aikikai, but his style was so different he created his own style: hankido.
We often refere to Myung Jae-nam by the title kuksanim, teacher of a national. Kuksanim founded the International Hapkido Federation (IHF) which later became known as the International HKD Federation. HKD stands for hapkido, hankido and hankumdo.
Kuksanim’s foremost student was master Ko Baek-yong. Master Ko was the official head instructor of the IHF and tasked with teaching hankido to the Korean members of the IHF. After his teacher passed away in 1999 master Ko Baek-yong founded the Sangmukwan International HKD Training Center. He did this together with master Yang Yong-seok. Master Yang is also a direct student of kuksanim and for a long time held the position of secretary in the IHF.
In 2014 master Ko and master Yang and some of their senior students decided it was time to start their own federation. This became the World Hankimuye Federation. Master Ko Baek-yong passed away in 2017.