About Us

Our History

Moo Duk Kwan instructors demonstrating karate technique

The Moo Duk Kwan® curriculum of Soo Bahk Do® is different from any other martial art you will find. Seeking out a martial art to study that will empower you or your child to achieve your goals can be confusing. During your search you may encounter foreign language terms that are unfamiliar and a sea of “us too ” ads and claims on websites. And what you have seen in movies and on TV about most martial arts can be misleading.

Further complicating your search is the fact that different martial art systems can have very different physical expectations of students, different technical skill sets and different philosophical attributes. It helps to consider some of the differences among martial arts, so you can make an informed decision about the type of martial art school and instructor you will enjoy training with the most.

Some martial arts like Taekwondo are sport oriented and as a result may be practiced with a mindset focused on winning and losing. Other martial arts like MMA may resemble the hard hitting world of boxing or those like Gracie Ju Jit Su may resemble the rough and tumble world of wrestling. Others like Tai Chi and Kung Fu may incorporate softer flowing movements while still other martial arts arts may focus on developing skills with ancient weapons like nunchuka, swords, short sticks, etc. (some which are illegal in some states and countries).

Unlike many modernized martial art systems in America, the Moo Duk Kwan® organization was founded in Yang Son Ku South, Korea in 1945. It’s certified instructors and schools teach the traditional Korean Soo Bahk Do® martial art system as interpreted by Founder Hwang Kee. His proprietary martial art system is a composite of movements and self-defense techniques and strategies that draws heavily on the ancient documented Korean martial art of “Soo Bahk” or “Soo Bahk Hi” as interpreted by Hwang Kee plus northern and southern Chinese influences. The resulting system has linear, hard movements plus softer, circular flowing movements and techniques, so it has something that practitioners of every age and every level of physical ability can enjoy and benefit from.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
— Voltaire
Soo Bahk Do® can empower a student to very effectively protect themselves from bullying and other violent behavior by aggressors, so every student is also taught values, etiquette and philosophy to balance the powerful new self-defense skills they are learning. Five of those key values include History, Tradition, Philosophy, Discipline/Respect, and Technique. Students gain deep new insights into how important it is to integrate these values in our everyday life and society.

Since 1945 Hwang Kee’s Moo Duk Kwan® has continuously instructed and monitored the instructors and school owners whom he has certified to teach his martial art system in order to insure the accurate transmission of it’s essence from instructor to student. In 1974 in the USA, Hwang Kee established the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® with its primary chartered purpose of insuring that the quality of instruction and the experience enjoyed by Soo Bahk Do® students throughout the U.S. is consistent with his high standards.

In fact, our trademarks are federally registered and diligently protected to provide you with an assurance of quality that is unmatched.

When you pick a Moo Duk Kwan® certified instructor or school, you’ll enjoy a life changing experience and personal growth opportunities unlike any other martial art can offer.

We look forward to your visit to our school

Meet Our Team

H. C. Hwang
H. C. HwangGrandmaster
H. C. Hwang began training at age 7 in South Korea under the direct instruction of the founder of the art, (his father) Grandmaster Hwang Kee. His level of training is unsurpassed as is his dedication to the art. Upon the founder’s passing in 2002, Master Hwang took on a new role as head of the World Moo Duk Kwan organization as Kwan Jang Nim.
Erik Orella
Erik OrellaChief Instructor
Began training in 1982. Trained directly by H.C. Hwang, Master Orella is a 5th degree Dan member with an Internationally recognized certificate for master-level instruction.

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