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First it is important to understand that Soo Bahk Do is the Art and Moo Duk Kwan is the style. Soo Bahk Do is the technical side, and the Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophical side of "Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan." The name "Bahk" originated in the age of Chun Chu (2700 years ago) according to the Moo Yei Dobo Tong Ji, which is one of the oldest records of Korea's martial arts. Soo Bahk Do (combat with bare hands and feet) is the only Korean martial art handed down from the Ko Ku Ryo Dynasty, thereby making it the oldest Korean martial art; approximately 2,000 years old.Translated literally, Moo Duk Kwan means "Institute of Martial Virtue." Our founder, Kwan Jang Nim (Grandmaster) Hwang Kee established the Moo Duk Kwan on November 9, 1945 to reinforce and preserve this traditional approach and to bind all practitioners in a culturally rich organization offering respect, fellowship and the search for an end to conflict. It is the scientific use of the body in methods of self defense, combined with a strict philosophy guiding the practitioner towards discovering their full potential. Soo Bahk Do, translated means "Hand Striking Way", and is the means to forge a body towards gaining ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It is an art of self defense and philosophy that's secrets cannot be bought at any price other than serious and rigorous training. Its history is a long and honorable one.
There are many fine styles of martial arts. Two of the many things that separate our art (Soo Bahk Do) from all other arts and make it unique are its versatility and philosophy. Due to the fact that ancient Korea was constantly attacked by both Japan and China, Soo Bahk Do became versatile out of necessity, the result being an art which demands mastery of the whole body, techniques ranging from quick and spontaneous movements to slow graceful flowing movements gives not only variety but also challenges everyone. Second, many styles teach effective self-defense and fighting principles, but Soo Bahk Do offers much more than just that. Learning fighting techniques without a strong philosophy is to burden society with more dangerous people. We use Soo Bahk Do to realize our full potential and emphasize “virtue in action” demonstrating courage, discipline, confidence and humility through our sincere efforts in training and our behavior towards others. You won’t just hear our philosophy you’ll see it in action. This is what makes Soo Bahk Do so unique.