Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan – School of Martial Virtue or Style to teach Moo (military) and Duk (virtue / ethics / discipline) through training in the martial arts. The Moo Duk Kwan was founded by Kwan Jang Nim (grandmaster) Hwang Kee. On 9 November 1945, he opened his first Dojang in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The martial art taught was Hwa Soo Do (this name was later changed to Soo Bahk Do) and the style was Moo Duk Kwan. In other words, Soo Bahk Do is the technical side and Moo Duk Kwan the philosophical side of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.

The Moo Duk Kwan philosophy is based on the teachings of Confucius and the ideals of Moo Do (martial virtue).  The emphasis is on the development of the self, and an integration of mind and body.

The Moo Duk Kwan system teaches its members not only the techniques of the martial art Soo Bahk Do, but also ethical and Moo Do discipline; an aspect maintained as a precious tradition.


Character for “Moo” is made up of two characters; “止” which means “to stop”, and “戈” which means “lance, or big axe”. Traditionally, this character “武” does not mean military, war-like, or killing… but the complete opposite; stopping war, preventing conflict.


Learning Soo Bahk Do with the Moo Duk Kwan philosophy helps students emphasise “virtue in action” by demonstrating courage, confidence, humility, discipline and respect. The Moo Duk Kwan is philosophy in action; you won’t just hear us talking about it, you see it! The benefits and secrets of training in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan can only be gained by serious, rigorous and continues training.

The foundation of the Moo Duk Kwan system can be found in the Five Moo Do Values; History, Tradition, Philosophy, Discipline/Respect and Technique. These values coexist interdependently with each element strengthen the meaning of the other four. When we apply the Five Moo Do values to our daily training we strengthen our self not only as a Moo Do practitioner, but also as an individual who provides a positive influence within our society.

With Soo Bahk Do, we are teaching fighting techniques with a strong philosophy, which results in people who are able to defend themselves if need be, but first and foremost striving to become a better person.