- Name: Hideo Suda
- Spouse: Joyce
- Children: Toby
- Age: 65
- Blessing Date: 12 January 1989
- Ascension Date: 15 November 2018
- Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
Hideo Suda was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1953.
Hideo was a keen sportsman and enjoyed Baseball – serving as the captain of his school team – and winter sports, like skiing and ski-jumping. It was during his school days that he was first introduced to martial arts and trained in Judo. On top of these hobbies, Hideo also had a strong sense for beauty and art. At the age of 15, when he was in middle-high school, he received an award for his Calligraphy from the Mayor of Hokkaido during the celebration marking the hundred year anniversary of the island.
Hideo’s life changed drastically when he first heard the Divine Principle and joined the Unification Church at the age of 17. In 1972 he supported the successful Victory over Communism (VOC) conference in Tokyo, after which, he met Father and Mother Moon for the first time. In 1983 Hideo joined the International One World Crusade (IOWC) and began touring America, doing outreach work, before moving to Toledo Ohio as a pioneer where we was mobilising Christian Clergy for the International Clergy Conferences (ICC) in Korea. He continued with his training in Martial Arts, specifically Tongil Mudo/Won Hwa Do during time he spent in New York.
In Korea, on the 12th January, 1989, Hideo was married in the holy marriage BlessHing ceremony to his wife Joyce. In the same year he moved to the UK and started life in a new country.
Hideo became a father when his beautiful son, Toby, was born in 1992.
When the family moved to Livingstone house in 1998, Hideo started to lovingly tend the gardens there, always keeping them at their best. Again, he let his artistic nature shine through when installing a Japanese water garden, a place of tranquillity and peace. During this period he continued to be dedicated to teaching Won Hwa Do, guiding his young students and conducting workshops locally, nationally and internationally. He would also take his students for competitions in countries like Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Korea.
In 2016 he received the ‘Highest Master Belt’, the level before ‘Grand-Master’. Hideo loved golf with a passion and entered many competitions where he received several trophies and awards.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2013, he continued playing golf and teaching martial arts until he became very ill in August 2018.
The hundreds of tributes received since his passing on November 15th, 2018, are just a small reflection of how many people, including his Won Hwa Do students and golf companions, Hideo has touched profoundly in his life and how he has set his roots deeply in our hearts.
We will Love you forever Hideo.