Preserving the legitimacy of Moo Duk Kwan® certifications that each student earns from the Kwan Jang Nim is a core organizational function and responsibility of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.
While many martial art schools and instructors simply print their own certificates on personal ink jet or laser printers, ONLY Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructors operating Moo Duk Kwan® certified schools can acquire authentic, legitimate, Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification for their students' accomplishments.
Think about highly regarded diplomas that a student receives from reputable educational entities like colleges and universities such as Harvard or Yale. Only the institution prepares and authenticates the diplomas and credentials that are awarded to a student who earns them, not the individual teachers or professors.
Institutions with a valuable reputation and high credibility employ checks and balances and procedures that assure the full weight and reputation of the college or university is preserved and carried by each diploma that the institution awards and the institution maintains permanent records of all credentials it issues.
Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructors and Moo Duk Kwan® certified school owners voluntarily adhere to similar high standards and disciplined accreditation procedures like those employed by educational institutions. Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructors acquire legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® rank certifications for their students and thus assure each student's credentials bear the full weight and reputation of Hwang Kee's Moo Duk Kwan® organization founded in 1945 plus all the credibility and validity of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation chartered in 1976. Both organizations validate the certified instructor's assessment of the student's skill level.
As a student, would you prefer to have your hard-earned accomplishments documented by a certificate from a personal printer at Joe Doe Karate that just opened last year or would you prefer to receive legitimate rank credentials that have been fully authenticated by an organization founded in 1945 and also by another national non-profit Moo Duk Kwan® organization exclusively chartered in 1976 to promote and preserve the authenticity and legitimacy of certifications issued to students studying Hwang Kee's Soo Bahk Do® martial art system?
Which credentials have the most legitimacy?
Which credentials have the most credibility?
Which credentials have the most value?
Each instructor in each Moo Duk Kwan® school adheres to a standardized Soo Bahk Do® curriculum developed by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). TAC members are personally appointed by the Kwan Jang Nim.
Each Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor employs a disciplined training regimen and an extensive educational process to prepare students for rigorous performance evaluations and exams established by the Technical Advisory Committee.
Students who successfully complete milestone examinations are then recommended by their instructor for rank certification through the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation pending final approval by the Moo Duk Kwan® Kwan Jang Nim.
Upon his final approval authentic Moo Duk Kwan® rank credentials are prepared for each student who has earned them and then they are shipped to the student's instructor for ceremonial presentation.
Moo Duk Kwan® rank credentials carry the highly regarded 70+ year global reputation of the Moo Duk Kwan® organization and the full weight, backing and protection of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.
As with all things of high value there are sometimes unscrupulous individuals who seek to use the well known reputation of the Moo Duk Kwan® for their own advantage and they may engage in trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting and/or consumer fraud by issuing counterfeit certificates bearing the Moo Duk Kwan® name or well known fist logo. The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® takes this kind of deceptive and fraudulent activity very seriously and is chartered to protect its unique identity from trademark infringement and the public from consumer fraud that accompanies such illegal activity. The USA Federation has consistently defended its trademarks and service marks in order to protect the integrity, value and legitimacy of certifications it issues and it has prevailed in 100% of all cases.
Moo Duk Kwan® certifications legitimatize your accomplishments in a unique way that nothing else can and you can be proud that your Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor cares enough to assure that you receive the best accreditation available in recognition of your accomplishments.
Federation members have access to the following rank certifications from the Moo Duk Kwan®. Transfers into the Federation who fulfill all requirements specified in the Member Manual may also have access to Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification, but may proceed toward rank certification a bit differently than outlined.
The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® is the exclusive source of legitimate Moo Duk Kwan® certifications in the USA pursuant to its Charter & Bylaws and perpetual agreement with Moo Duk Kwan® Founder Hwang Kee and his appointed successor organization.
There are specific requirements and testing procedures for each type of Moo Duk Kwan® certification which can be reviewed in the Federation Member Manual, FAQs and links to pages on various Federation websites.
The Tang Soo Do martial art system developed by Hwang Kee was an early precursor to his more advanced Soo Bahk Do® martial art system developed years later.
Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school Founder Hwang Kee taught an early iteration of his martial art system and philosophy under the name "Tang Soo Do." Later he modified the contents of his system and coined the name "Soo Bahk Do®" to identify his unique martial art system and philosophy being taught in all authorized Moo Duk Kwan® martial art schools worldwide. His Soo Bahk Do® martial art system encompassed the content and attributes of his previous Tang Soo Do martial art system and was expanded and enhanced to include a significant amount of new content.
The Soo Bahk Do® martial art system is a living art that continues to evolve under the guidance of the Moo Duk Kwan President, H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim.
The Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school's high standards for philosophical understanding, technical excellence and rigorous quality controls stand behind every Moo Duk Kwan® rank certification.
Members interested in applying for certification from the Moo Duk Kwan® to become Jo Kyo, Kyo Sa, Sa Bom Certified Instructors of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system need to plan ahead and acquire the respective Instructor Certification Study kits well in advance.
Instructor Certification Study Kits can be acquired by downloading the Study Kit Order Form and submitting full payment to Headquarters with the form OR by subscribing to the appropriate installment payment subscription on the Soo Bahk Do® Institute.
When subscribing on the Institute, your Study Kit is shipped as soon as you signup and make the first payment AND you also receive access to all the Institute content with the subscription you purchase.
Activity at every licensed Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school in the USA is overseen by at least one Internationally Certified Instructor who assures the quality of the training experience and the authenticity of the Moo Duk Kwan® philosophy and Soo Bahk Do® skills being taught to students who are enrolled there.
Moo Duk Kwan® certified Instructors have completed an extremely rigorous and demanding training regimen and passed strenuous examinations in order to earn their instructor credentials.
You can be sure that every Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor will provide every student with an authentic training experience that only a Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor can provide.
How can you know if you are training in a real Moo Duk Kwan® certified martial art school?
Ask a few questions, inspect a few credentials and use your common sense.
"Dan Bon" simply means "Dan Number;" however, that simple description does not reveal or convey the rich depth of tradition, history and meaning associated with the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization's Dan Bon system.
The Moo Duk Kwan® Dan Bon system is a very important and traditional part of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization. It is a source of great personal pride for Soo Bahk Do practitioners embracing the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy and goals of technical excellence. Today, I'd like to share a few of the very unique aspects of the Moo Duk Kwan Dan Bon system with you. (more…)
Students who have achieved sufficient skill and fulfilled the necessary rank requirements may be provided with an opportunity to test for rank advancement.
Upon successful completion of a rank exam, the student's exam results are submitted to National Headquarters for review by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation's Technical Advisory Committee and if approved, the student's rank promotion recommendation is forwarded to the Kwan Jang Nim.
For each successful rank promotion the student is awarded a legitimate Moo Duk Kwan certificate of skill and competency in Soo Bahk Do® martial art system by the Kwan Jang Nim. Rank certificates are shipped to the student's instructor for ceremonial presentation to the student by their instructor.