While Soo Bahk Do is relatively modern, it is a traditional martial art, the origins of which date back over 2 millennia. The Moo Duk Kwan (School of Martial Virtue) originated in Seoul, Korea in 1945 by Hwang Kee, and is still growing in size to this day. Proper technique, ensured by our Moo Duk Kwan certified instructors, produces not only highly effective but also beautiful and artistic results in this traditional art form.

Our martial style was first developed during the Silla Dynasty (618-935 A.D.) but enjoyed its flowering during the Koryo Dynasty (935-1392 A.D.). It is both a hard and soft style with linear and circular movements. Soo Bahk Do (originally Tang Soo Do) was developed by Grandmaster Hwang Kee (1914-2002), who at a young age became interested in martial arts watching one man defend himself against a group of attackers. Thus began a lifetime of study of martial arts, which led him through Korea and Northern China. In 1945 at the close of World War II, Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded the Moo Duk Kwan® (School of Martial Virtue) which became the name of our style and organization.

Why join a Moo Duk Kwan certified Do Jang?

The Moo Duk Kwan is the international overarching organization for Soo Bahk Do. This means that what you learn at Winding River Karate is standardized, whether you visit another certified Do Jang in New York, Colorado, California, Paris or London. Any instructor at an affiliated school will have met the requirements of the Technical Advisory Committee for instructor certification-a rigorous process of evaluations by both head instructors and regional examiners.

There is only one Moo Duk Kwan. Learn more at http://worldmoodukkwan.com.

I have Experience in Tang Soo Do. Will I need to “start over?”

We have had students seek training at Winding River who have experience in Tang Soo Do. They have reported great successes in their endeavor to study Soo Bahk Do, and some have gone on to open their own Moo Duk Kwan schools. Expand your martial arts experience and connect with the original Moo Duk Kwan system as founded by Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945. Do come in for a class or two and we can certainly discuss your future at Winding River!