What is Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan?

Moo Duk Kwan

The Moo Duk Kwan was founded by Kwan Jang Nim (Grandmaster) Hwang Kee on November 9th 1945 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Moo Duk Kwan translates as School of Martial Virtue or “Style to teach Moo (military) and Duk (virtue / ethics / discipline) through training in the martial arts”. The Moo Duk Kwan philosophy is based on the teachings of Confucius and the ideals of Moo Do (martial virtue). The emphasis is on the development of the self, and an integration of mind and body.

The Moo Duk Kwan system teaches its members not only the techniques of the martial art Soo Bahk Do, but also ethical and Moo Do discipline; an aspect maintained as a precious tradition. For further information on the history of the Moo Duk Kwan, visit the World Moo Duk Kwan website.

Soo Bahk Do

Soo Bahk Do is the scientific use of the body in methods of self-defence, combined with a philosophy guiding the student towards discovering their full potential. As a traditional 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.”

It is both a highly effective self-defence system and a beautiful, traditional art form. As a balanced, hard/soft style it has something to offer everyone and demands mastery of the whole body. We use Soo Bahk Do to realise our full potential and emphasise “virtue in action” demonstrating courage, discipline, confidence and humility through our sincere efforts in training and our behaviour towards others.

What makes Soo Bahk Do unique is its versatility and philosophy. Throughout the centuries, Korea has been attacked and invaded many times, meaning 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 and spontaneous to slow, graceful flowing movements that not only give variety but challenge students at all levels. Soo Bahk Do is an art, not a sport, and great emphasis is placed on the fact it is non-competitive.