Soo Bahk Do

Soo Bahk Do History & Philosophy

Soo Bahk Do is a defensive martial art with a history that dates back over 2000 years.  It is both a hard and soft style of martial art. Our founder, Grand Master Hwang Kee, combined his martial arts knowledge with eastern wisdom and developed the Art and created the Moo Duk Kwan (Institute of Martial Virtue), on November 9, 1945.  After his death in 2002, the leadership of the Art was passed on to his son, Grand Master H.C. Hwang.

The Mission of the Art is World Peace through improved human relationships.  The practitioners’ studies and training take them one step closer to an understanding of the connection between one’s mind and body.  This connection will lead them to experience harmony within themselves and help them develop further understanding that our Federation is a brotherhood of individuals working together to stop inner and outer conflict by applying the virtues of the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan system.

More information on the Federation and the Art can be found at the national web site at

Soo Bahk Do Curriculum

The internationally standardized curriculum teaches physical techniques including: basics (hand and foot techniques), forms, self-defense, and non-contact sparring applications.  All techniques emphasize use of the hip for effectiveness and safety.  The physical instruction and activity are integrated with the teaching of Korean terminology, history and philosophy.

A Martial Art for Life!