About Soo Bahk Do:

A brief history of Soo Bahk Do and the Moo Duk Kwan

History of Soo Bahk Do in the United States and Minnesota

The five Moo Do values

The eight key concepts of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan

The articles on mental faith and training Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan is a traditional martial art of Korean and Chinese origin that focuses on discipline, respect, strength, confidence and fitness.

The aim of Soo Bahk Do is to develop physical skills while working to develop the person as a whole. Soo Bahk Do focuses on the use of bare hands and feet for defense, but encourages the use of the mind to stop conflict and develop valuable leadership skills. Soo Bahk Do is not about fighting, but about avoiding conflict and trying to make the world a more peaceful place.

Brief history of Soo Bahk Do and the Moo Duk Kwan

The founder of Soo Bahk Do is Grandmaster (Kwang Jang Nim) Hwang Kee.  He was born in Korea in 1914, and started his training on his own from books when he was six years old. By 1936 he had mastered Tae Kyun, another martial art form.

Grandmaster Hwang Kee was exiled to China by the Japanese in 1936 and studied the martial arts extensively. He eventually returned to Korea and founded the Moo Duk Kwan in Seoul in 1945 following World War II.  Moo Duk Kwan, literally translated means, “institute or school of martial virtue.”  Soo Bahk Do’s foundation is an ancient martial arts text the: Moo Yei Do Bo Ton Ji,” which has been translated and interpreted by Grandmaster Hwang Kee.

Political forces eventually split the Moo Duk Kwan into two factions in 1965; Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) and Tae Kwon Do. (It is interesting to note that many Tae Kwon Do practitioners do not know that their roots are with the Moo Duk Kwan and Grandmaster Hwang Kee.)

Until recently, Soo Bahk Do was known as Tang Soo Do.  Tang Soo Do means “way of the Chinese hand” which has the same translation as the Japanese “karate.” Moving away from the rather generic term Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do was adopted. Soo Bahk Do means “hand striking way” or philosophy. Several other individuals, some of whom are former students of the Grandmaster, have started their own organizations using the phrase Tang Soo Do. This is another reason that Soo Bahk Do was adopted and registered as a trademark. Soo Bahk Do is uniquely associated with and only with, Grandmaster Hwang Kee.  On July 14, 2002, the founder, Grandmaster Hwang Kee, passed away at the age of 87.  His son, H.C. Hwang, is now the Grandmaster of the art.

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History of Soo Bahk Do in the United States and Minnesota

In 1960 Master Lawrence Seiberlich, an American, was promoted to 1st Dan or degree (#1815), after extensive training in Korea in the Moo Duk Kwan during his tenure with the U.S. military. After his discharge from the Army, Master Seiberlich returned to Minnesota and formed the Minnesota Tang Soo Do Association in 1963. This is the oldest Tang Soo Do organization in the U.S. and the second oldest martial arts organization in Minnesota. Today, Master Seiberlich is the highest ranked (9th Dan or degree) Caucasian in Soo Bahk Do in the United States and is instrumental in shaping the philosophy and direction of Soo Bahk Do.

The United States Soo Bahk Do (formerly Tang Soo Do) Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc. (formed in 1975) is the governing body for this art in America. It has established standards for belt promotion and maintaining the quality of the art in the United States. There are member schools throughout the United States.  North Hennepin Soo Bahk Do (at the Crystal Community Center) is one of these schools.  It is led by Steven Peterson, 6th Dan, master instructor, #26946. Master Peterson is a student of Master Seiberlich.

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The five Moo Do values

  • History
  • Tradition
  • Discipline/Respect
  • Philosophy
  • Technique

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The eight key concepts of
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan

  1. Yong Gi – COURAGE
    (Brave  Energy – Spirit)

  2. Chung Shin Tong Il – CONCENTRATION
    (Mind  Spirit  Unite  One)

  3. In Neh – ENDURANCE
    (Endure  Patience)

  4. Chung Jik – HONESTY
    (True  Honest)

  5. Kyum Son – HUMILITY
    (Modest – Humility)

  6. Him Cho Chung – CONTROL OF POWER
    (Power  Harmonize  Adjust)

  7. Shin Chook – TENSION AND RELAXATION
    (Expand  Contract)

  8. Wan Gup – SPEED CONTROL
    (Slow  Fast)

 

(Taken in part from the Soo Bahk Do  Moo Duk Kwan Gup and Dan Manual)

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The articles on mental faith and training Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan

  • Be loyal to your country; sacrifice yourself for your duty to your country and your people.  This is based on the spirit of the Hwa Rang Do.

  • Be obedient to your parents; children should be dutiful to your parents and parents should be charitable to their children.

  • Be loving between husband and wife; love and affection between the sexes develops mankind’s happiness and harmony in life.

  • Be cooperative between brothers; hold together with cooperation and concord.

  • Be respectful to your elders; protect the rights of the weak with courtesy    and modesty.

  • Be faithful between teacher and student; learn the truth through practice of duty and affection.

  • Be faithful between friends; be peaceful and happy with harmony and faith towards each other, regardless of race, and towards all mankind.

  • Face combat only in justice and with honor; be able to distinguish between good and bad with fairness and rightfulness.

  • Never retreat in battle; Sacrifice for justice with capability and bravery.

  • Always finish what you start;  Move to action with sureness and hope.

(Taken from the Soo Bahk Do  Moo Duk Kwan Gup and Dan Manual)

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