In the early days of his Moo Duk Kwan® schools he named his martial art system that was taught in them Hwa Soo Do, then Tang Soo Do and later adopted the name Soo Bahk Do®.
Today, only those organizations affiliated with the World Moo Duk Kwan are legitimately authorized to represent themselves as Moo Duk Kwan® schools providing instruction in the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system.
The United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® has sole and exclusive license to use these trademarks in the USA, a right upheld by a Federal District court.
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.
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…)
What is it about a fire that draws us to it almost instinctively? We may not even be cold, yet we can't resist "backing up" to a nice warm fire. Is it just coincidence that we are so predictable when we are near one or could it be that we have an inborn sense that draws us to it? It seems that almost everyone is attracted to and responds the same way to a well tended and controlled fire. Perhaps this offers a unique insight into one aspect of our art.
Alumni Members of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art organization include any practitioner who has ever achieved the rank of 1st Dan or higher through one of Hwang Kee's Moo Duk Kwan® schools and was legitimately certified by Founder Hwang Kee and who is recorded in the Moo Duk Kwan® organization records.
Alumni Members of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® need not be active in a certified dojang in the USA, but can still elect to activate and maintain a Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni membership.
"Moo Duk Kwan® Alumni membership provides former students of Moo Duk Kwan® schools an opportunity to continue expressing their loyalty to, and support of, the philosophy, principles and Moo Do values expressed by Moo Duk Kwan® Founder Hwang Kee while extending support for preservation of the Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school's legacy."
-- Phil Duncan
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Resolution Affirming the Appointment of H.C. Hwang as Life-President
of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.
Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee, who founded the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan martial art system and served as the life President of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. passed July 14, 2002, 7:05 pm in Seoul, Korea;
Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee named his successor in a sealed document retained in a safety deposit box of the First Union Bank, Springfield, New Jersey, USA;
as specified and in accordance with the Charter and bylaws of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. the document naming the successor to Kwan Jang Nim, signed by Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee, was opened, witnessed and confirmed August 1, 2002 by Lee Schumacher Sa Bom Nim, Chair of the Board of Directors, Mary Ann Walsh Sa Bom Nim representing the Technical Advisory Committee, Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang Sa Bom Nim, U.S. Designee, and other senior dan members and officials;
the translation of the succession document was confirmed by a member of the Senior Advisory Committee, Wha Yong Chung Sa Bom Nim in a public statement made at the National Championships August 3, 2002;
the succession document naming Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as Kwan Jang Nim and subsequent confirmation of Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as the named successor to Kwan Jang Nim are a matter of public record in statements read at the 2002 National Championships and published and disseminated to the general membership in the Fall 2002 newsletter of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that the Board of Directors of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. publicly affirms the authenticity and validity of the succession of Hyun Chul (Jin Mun) Hwang as Kwan Jang Nim of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan and his appointment as life-President of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.
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[Adopted Unanimously 07-20-2005 Board of Directors][social-bio]