No. Tang Soo Do is not the same as Soo Bahk Do®. The Tang Soo Do martial art system developed by Hwang Kee was a precursor to his more advanced Soo Bahk Do martial art system.
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 as taught in all authorized Moo Duk Kwan martial art schools worldwide.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Students who have achieved sufficient skill and fulfilled the necessary rank requirements may be provided with an opportunity to test for rank advancement. Beginner ranks (Gup) testing forms available from instructor Blackbelt ranks (Dan - midnight blue) download dan testing forms Master ranks (Ko Dan Ja) Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa Website (always most recent) Ko Dan Ja testing process…Read More