Moo Duk Kwan was founded on November 9th 1945 by Chang Shi Ja (founder) Hwang Kee and established on the Taoist philosophies of both Lao Tzu and Confucius. Moo Duk Kwan – School of Martial Virtue or “Style to teach Moo (military) and Duk (virtue/ethics/discipline) through training in the martial arts” teaches not only the physical techniques of the martial art Soo Bahk Do, but also Moo Do (martial virtue) values including History, Tradition, Philosophy and Discipline/Respect. Chang Shi Ja Hwang Kee was mindful that teaching fighting techniques without a strong philosophy to create a balance within students would lead to dangerous people that become a burden on society. Moo Duk Kwan philosophy helps students emphasise ‘virtue in action’ by demonstrating courage, confidence and the 5 Moo Do values in action; you won’t just hear us talking about it, you will see it!
The goal of Moo Duk Kwan practitioners is to improve personal well-being through the development of Neh Gung (internal power), Weh Gung (external power) and Shim Gung (spiritual power). In doing so it promotes self-awareness and confidence that can be extended beyond the DoJang and into everyday lives, to not only build a stronger martial arts community but improved human relations throughout the world.
5 Moo Do Values
- Iyok Sa – History
- Jon Tong – Tradition
- Chul Hak – Philosophy
- Neh Kang Weh Yu – Discipline and Respect
- Ki Sool – Technique
8 Key Concepts
- Yong Gi – Courage
- Chung Shin Tong Il – Concentration
- In Neh – Endurance
- Chung Jik – Honesty
- Kyum Son – Humility
- Him Cho Chung – Control of Power
- Shin Chook – Tension and Relaxation
- Wan Gup – Speed Control
10 Articles of Faith
- Be loyal to one’s country.
- Be obedient to one’s parent and elders.
- Be loving to one’s husband or wife.
- Be cooperative to your brothers.
- Be respectful to elders.
- Be faithful to your teacher.
- Be faithful to friends.
- Face combat only in justice and with honour.
- Never retreat in battle.
- Always finish what you start.