Soo Bahk Do Description

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Soo Bahk Do translates literally as “hand strike way” or “way of the striking hand”. The history of Soo Bahk Do can be traced back over 2000 years to the Ko Ku Ryo Dynasty in ancient Korea.

In Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, Soo Bahk Do is the art (the technical side) and Moo Duk Kwan is the style

The difference between Soo Bahk Do and all other martial arts, and the thing that makes Soo Bahk Do unique, are its versatility and philosophy. Throughout the centuries, Korea has been attacked and invaded by its surrounding neighbours many times, and as such Soo Bahk Do became versatile out of necessity. This has resulted in an art that demands mastery of the whole body, not just kicking and punching. The challenging techniques taught range from fast, spontaneous movements to slow, graceful flowing movements that not only give variety but challenge students at all levels.

As a classical martial art, the purpose of Soo Bahk Do is “to develop every aspect of the self in order to create a mature human being who totally integrates intellect, body, emotions and spirit”. Soo Bahk Do is an art, not a sport and a great emphasis is placed on the fact it is non-competitive, however Soo Bahk Do does have strong combat and self-defence applications.

Grandmaster Hwang Kee Founder of Soo Bahk Do

Moo Duk Kwan : School of Martial Virtue or “Style to teach Moo (military) and Duk (virtue / ethics / discipline) through training in the martial arts”

On 9 November 1945, Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee opened his first Do Jang in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The martial art taught was Hwa Soo Do (this name was later changed to Soo Bahk Do) and the style was Moo Duk Kwan. In other words, Soo Bahk Do is the technical side and Moo Duk Kwan the philosophical side of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.

The Moo Duk Kwan is the scientific use of the body in methods of self defence, combined with a strict philosophy guiding the student towards discovering their full potential.

Learning fighting techniques without a strong philosophy creates dangerous people that become a burden on society. Learning Soo Bahk Do with the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy helps students emphasize “virtue in action” by demonstrating courage, confidence, humility, discipline and respect.

The Moo Duk Kwan is philosophy in action; you won’t just heard us talking about it, you see it! The benefits and secrets of training in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan cannot be bought at any price other than serious and rigorous training.

In Korea the indigenous arts of self defense (Soo Bahk Ki and Tae Kyun) we combined with other fighting principles (Northern and Southern Chinese Kung Fu) and moral guidelines such as the philosophy of Do (Tao), No Ja (Lao Tzu) and Kong Ja (Confucius) by Founder Grandmaster Hwang Kee, into what is now known as Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) Moo Duk Kwan . This combination of techniques and philosophy resulted in the development of a form of self defense and mental conditioning unrivaled in the modern world.

Grandmaster Hwang Kee created the Moo Duk Kwan on November 9 1945. Grand Master Hwang Kee was first inspired to study the Martial arts in 1921 when he was about seven years old. At a traditional Festival called “Dan O” he was visiting a nearby village, where they had archery, wrestling and many other festivities.

As Grand Master was enjoying the festival, a group of seven or eight men had a dispute with another man. Suddenly the group of men attacked the lone man, who began evading and counter attacking with his feet, eventually defeating the group of men. This ability to defend oneself against several attackers so impressed Grand Master Hwang Kee that at that moment he knew he wanted to learn the martial arts.

For several years Grand Master Hwang Kee studied and researched every available source, and at the age of 22 some claim he was recognized as a Master. In May of 1935 Grand Master Hwang Kee began working for the Korean railroad company which allowed him to travel.

In May of 1936 he met a Chinese Kung Fu master named Yang, Kuk Jin. Grand Master trained with Master Yang until 1946, at that time China became a communist country. The training consisted of Seh Bop (postures), Bo Bop (steps), Ryun Bop (conditioning) and Hyung (Forms) with their applications. November 9th 1945 Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded the Moo Duk Kwan. The basic ideal of the Moo Duk Kwan is the development of its participants. Strong individuals in Spirit and Body make strong communities, strong communities make strong nations, Strong and peaceful nations make a strong and peaceful world.