SOO DO MOO DU
or SOO BAHK DO MOO DUK KWAN
In 1945 Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded the martial arts system
Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan". It originated from the ancient Korean
martial art "Soo Bahk Ki" and was influenced by Northern
and Southern Chinese sysems, such as the Tang method.
The art was renamed Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan in 1994, in accordance
with the wishes of the Grandmaster. The name reflects the increased
pure Korean influence Grandmaster Hwang Kee has introduced and
shows that we are still evolving as a "living art".
Soo Bahk Do is not a sport. As a classical martial art its purpose
is to develop every aspect of the self to create a mature person
who totally integrates his/her body, spirit, emotions and intellect.
This integration helps to free a person from inner conflict and
develops an ability to deal with the outside world in a mature,
intelligent, forthright and virtuous manner.
Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded his first Soo Bahk Do school under
the name of Moo Duk Kwan. A brief meaning of these words is a brotherhood
and school of stopping inner and outer conflict and developing
virtue through Soo Bahk Do training. Moo Duk Kwan is the mental
direction and focus; it is the philosophy that supports the techniques
of Soo Bahk Do. Combined, these two aspects enable total development
of the self, each enhancing the other. This harmony creates an
awareness of being that makes Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan training
a valuable art form.
Over the past 20 years many westerners have studied Soo Bahk Do
in Korea. Korean instructors have been sent out world-wide creating
many major organizations. There are over 200,000 Soo Bahk Do students
and over 35,000 Dan holders. Before 1974 there were many teachers
but little standardization. Grandmaster Hwang Kee decided to unify
and standardize these western organizations and as a result the
first Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation Inc. was formed in 1975
in the United States (now know as the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk
Kwan Federation Inc.). This is a non-profit organization, committed
to promoting world peace by improving human relationships through
the instruction and practice of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.
In 1985 the Belgian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation was formed.
Both federations are devoted to the growth and continuation of
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan maintaining the Grandmaster's high standards
of excellence. Since 1945 the Grandmaster has instructed and monitored
those who are certified to teach to ensure accurate transmission.
These high standards bring strict expectations; the Grandmaster
was once heard to have said "If you want to do front and reverse
punches correctly, you must spend ten hours a day, six days a week
for three years doing nothing else."!
It is a testimony in itself to the Grandmaster and his teaching
that he commands such respect and inspires so much dedication and
effort. Certain qualities of the Grandmaster permeate Soo Bahk
Do and its members: openness, personal closeness, independence,
rock hard determination and unshakeable solidarity. These qualities
as well as unifying and binding us together assure that future
generations will be able to follow the way of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk
Only those instructors certified through the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk
Kwan Federation by Grandmaster Hwang Kee are legally authorized
to engage in the instruction of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan. Whilst "Tang
Soo Do" is a generic term, "Soo Bahk Do" and "Moo
Duk Kwan" are not. They were developed by Grandmaster Hwang
Kee to specifically identify his system of martial art instruction
and may only be used by those who are authorised to do so.
SOO DO VOCABULARY