"Our art is deeply connected with the values of History, Tradition, Philosophy, Discipline & Respect, and Technique, which we call “the 5 Moo Do values.” We have been promoting these values since the Moo Duk Kwan was created by our founder in 1945 and there after, many practitioners like yourself worldwide have diligently preserved our art by adding their contributions to its rich history. We are glad to have you add your energy toward its continuing progress". H.C Hwang
Soo Bahk Do® is a Korean traditional martial art whose history dates back many centuries. Kicking techniques, for which Soo Bahk Do is renowned, are based on the Moo Duk Kwan® style as developed by the late founder Hwang Kee.
Soo Bahk Do is both a hard and soft style.
Founder Hwang Kee was a martial arts prodigy, having mastered Tae Kyun (another Korean system not related to Tae Kwon Do) at the age of 22. At that time (1936), he travelled to Northern China where he encountered a Chinese variation of martial artistry. From 1936 to 1945, he combined Eastern wisdom and developed what is now known as Soo Bahk Do.
Soo Bahk Do is not a sport. Though it is not essentially competitive, it has great combat applications. As a classical martial art, its purpose is to develop every aspect of the self, in order to create a mature person who totally integrates his/her intellect, body, emotions, and spirit. This integration helps to create a person who is free from inner conflict and who can deal with the outside world in a mature, intelligent, forthright, and virtuous manner.
Because of the aforementioned qualities of Soo Bahk Do, Founder Hwang Kee established his first Soo Bahk Do school under the name ‘Moo Duk Kwan’. This school developed into a force that has become one of the most influential martial art styles in modern times.
A brief definition of the words ‘Moo Duk Kwan’ is a “brotherhood and school of stopping inner and outer conflict and developing virtue through Soo Bahk Do training.”
▪ The Moo Duk Kwan name gives us direction and focus in our mental training.
Soo Bahk Do is the technique; Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophy.
Soo Bahk Do technique requires the mental discipline that Moo Duk Kwan offers.
The two combined produce a total development that increases the benefits of both. From their harmony is created an awareness of being that makes Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan training a valuable art form.
More information on our art, and all other aspects of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan can be found on our Student Handbook
"Philosophy influences the mind, the mind forms intent, intent inspires action" -Kwan Jang Nim, H.C. Hwang