Frequently Asked Questions


The decision about what rank that you will be eligible to transfer into a Moo Duk Kwan® school as will be up to the Certified Instructor or Regional Examiner with whom you connect and who evaluates you.

You can search for someone near you here:

Just as junior colleges and universities have different standards for the degrees they issue, so too, does the Moo Duk Kwan® have different standards than other martial art organizations. Rank degrees may or may not transfer as exact equivalents.

Transfer students have an opportunity to demonstrate to your Certified Instructor or Regional Official your level of technical proficiency and your understanding of the five moo do values inherent in Moo Duk Kwan® instruction of the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system. After evaluation, they will make a recommendation on your behalf.

You may find answers to other questions here:

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The first thing you may want to do is reactivate your Federation membership so that you can get member pricing and access to all membership benefits.

You can do that here:

  • If you plan to train at a school, then select an Individual Membership.
  • If you will not be in a school then choose the Alumni Membership.

Once your membership is activated, then you qualify for member pricing on Federation products and you also you qualify for a 40% discount on all subscriptions on the Soo Bahk Do Institute.

The Soo Bahk Do Institute is a great way to brush up, refresh your memory on techniques and "knock the rust off" at your own pace. There ore over 1000 videos available.

If you plan to train in a school, then you can locate one near you here:

To order patches, Dan Belts, books, etc.  you can cal (888) SOO-BAHK or  email headquarters@soobahkdo.com

Once you have activated a membership you will get lower member pricing and we will provide you the discount code you need to use to get 40% off the Institute subscriptions.

We look forward to getting you going again!

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If one member of a family is a Federation member, and the remainder of the household becomes members, how is the household charged?

Household memberships are activated from the day the payment is received unless they are reactivating an existing expired membership.

All members activating are given 12 months of membership into the future  (or from the existing membership expiration date) plus the person who already had membership.

For example, when 2 members activate a Household membership and 1 other person already had an individual membership, if the existing member has 6 months remaining, then those six months are allocated across all 3 memberships to extend their expiration date.

Each Household member's membership would be extended an additional 2 months, so at the time the household is activated all three would get 15 month memberships, so they do not lose any paid time.

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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

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Your Permanent Member Record is simply documentation of your rank and certification accomplishments, your active participation as a practitioner and a record of as many of your contributions as the Federation can identify.

The Moo Duk Kwan® seeks to acknowledge practitioners for accomplishments, supportive actions and active participation. Such activity is considered when determining eligibility for rank advancement, certification eligibility, international team eligibility, etc.  However, the fragmented nature of when and where practitioners engage in such activities makes it difficult for the Federation to assure that each member receives credit for all they have done.

Your permanent Member Record is an effort to document as much of your activity as possible to assure your contributions are fully acknowledged and recognized.

Learn more details about your Permanent Member Record here:

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Upon Technical Advisory Committee approval of a Certified Instructor's Gup rank recommendations received at Headquarters for students with current memberships, the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® issues Gup rank certificates for the member and sends the gup rank certificates to the recommending instructors' Certified Studio for ceremonial presentation to the student members.

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Yes. You should offer to pay for training you receive at any instructor's school.

Every Moo Duk Kwan® certified school owner incurs overhead and expenses to provide a place for students to train and you should offer to do your part to support the opportunity provided to you.

Note:  If you are visiting a school in another city for a day or so, you should have previously spoken to your personal instructor about visiting BEFORE doing so.

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Moo Duk Kwan® accredited Jo Kyo certification examinations are scheduled and conducted by United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® Certified Instructors at their certified school.

Upon completion of the Jo Kyo certification examination, examining instructors submit their recommendations to the Technical Advisory Committee Chairman via Headquarters.

Jo Kyo certificates are issued for each student for whom recommendations are approved and the certificate is shipped to the examining instructor for ceremonial awarding to the student.

Learn More:

How Do I Become A Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Instructor

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Moo Duk Kwan® accredited Kyo Sa Certification examinations are scheduled and conducted by TAC appointed Regional Examiners in each region of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.

As of 2009 Regional Examiners have been authorized by the TAC to conduct Kyo Sa certification examinations regionally provided such exams comply with the TAC's Kyo Sa exam specifications.

Following the TAC's 02/26/2009 meeting, the TAC Chair indicated that a rough draft of Kyo Sa Exam specifications would be forthcoming and distributed to Regional Examiners within 10-14 days and that regional officials may proceed with planning for regional Kyo Sa examinations.

The TAC Chair indicates that TAC specifications for Kyo Sa exams may be modified going forward, but regions can plan and announce regional Kyo Sa exams and advise members of the opportunity to test within the region.

Learn More: How Do I Become A Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Instructor

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Moo Duk Kwan® certified school.

Please take some time to review the info at these links and then we can discuss your specific situation if you are still interested.

Due to all the different circumstances, there is not a single path to affiliation for a studio, but the info below may help you formulate questions to ask and which would help you.

Fed_Patch-Round_Cut_Out_3968x3947Obviously, the affiliation of an ongoing school with a non-profit membership organization like ours impacts every student as well as the instructors and owner, so due diligence is in order.

Your initial application for individual membership helps us determine the next steps to take and it will entitle you to 40% off all Soo Bahk Do® Institute Subscription prices.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions after you have reviewed this information.

To help you begin your transition you can access useful information and many of the Federation's online services including those mentioned below at  www.soobahkdo.com

There are essentially four matters you will be attending to in order to fully integrate into the Federation

  1. Personal Federation membership for you - and for your students if you are a studio owner.
  2. Your personal training with your preferred certified instructor and preparation for a future rank exam and Dan Bon assignment
  3. Acquisition of an Instructor Certification Study Kit and enrollment in an Instructor Certification training program with your preferred certified instructor. You can download an order form and obtain your instructor's signature on the order form to acquire a Jo Kyo, Kyo Sa or Sa Bom Certification Study Kit.
  4. Application for Dojang Certification, acquisition of required decor, registering students as Federation members, preparing for and scheduling Regional Examiner Seminar and/or Inspection of dojang.
  5. You can download the application forms for Studio Certification from here:
  6. You can find contact information for Regional Examiners here:
  7. Learn about hosting a Regional Examiner visit here:
  8. After you apply for Dojang Certification, you will qualify for wholesale pricing, special marketing assistance and other dojang owner benefits. For example, Black Belt Magazine Cover reprints are available from Headquarters that may be useful to print your own information on the reverse side and use as promotional handouts.

Thanks again for your interest in becoming part of the community of member practitioners that is the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation®.

Phil Duncan
Executive Administrator, TAC
U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation
(888) SOO-BAHK
(973) 671-1440 direct
(973)467-5716 Fax
(903) 263-9807 cell

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