Is Membership Required?

Thank you for your inquiry and interest in affiliation with the Moo Duk Kwan®.

You can learn more about the rich history of the Hwang Kee's Moo Duk Kwan® organization and his successor and the only authorized USA organization here:

Yes, you can subscribe to the Soo Bahk Do® Institute without being a member of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®; however, rank advancement via video submission to the Institute is not currently available.

Yes, you can become a member of the U.S. Federation and membership entitles you to receive a discount code that will give you a 40% discount off all the subscriptions on the Institute. You can select the membership option for "Moo Duk Kwan Supporter Not Training In A Certified Studio" here:

With Federation membership you receive an official Federation membership ID which is required for rank advancement opportunities, an official membership card, a hardcopy of the 170 page member manual, member pricing on educational items available in the Moo Duk Kwan® Mall and you can then receive the 40% discount code for the Institute.

You can learn more about U.S. Federation membership benefits and access a complete copy of the 170 page Federation Member manual here:

You can learn about the U.S. Federation's Concept of Unity and Charter and Bylaws here:

You can order educational materials and more through the Moo Duk Kwan® Mall with or without a membership, but you will see that non-member prices are significantly higher than member prices. Typically the member savings on Institute subscriptions and educational items exceeds the cost of a membership.

You can explore the various Moo Duk Kwan® sanctioned events that members have access to here:

Be aware that a number of member benefits like rank promotion and participation in some events require you to sustain a relationship with a certified personal instructor of your choice and in the case of instructors and studio owners seeking affiliation with the Moo Duk Kwan®, affiliation with multiple martial art organizations is not supported in most cases.

In case you have not yet reviewed them, these FAQ pages may provide some helpful information about becoming a member of the community of dedicated Moo Duk Kwan® supporters who are the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.

Please advise if you require any additional information to make your decisions.

Phil Duncan
Exeuctive Administrator
United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.
20 Millburn Ave Floor 2
Springfield, New Jersey
(888) SOO-BAHK
(973) 467-3971 main
(973) 467-5716 fax
(973) 671-1440 direct
(903) 263-9807 mobile