History of our MARTIAL ART

The Korean martial art of self defense “Tang Soo Do”

Grand Master Hwang Kee was first inspired to study the Martial arts in 1921. At the traditional Festival called “Dan O” that he was visiting a nearby village, they had archery, wrestling and many other festivities. As Grand Master Hwang Kee was enjoying the festival, a group of seven or eight men had a dispute with another man. Suddenly the group of men attacked the man, who began evading and counter attacking with his feet, eventually defeating the group of men. This ability to defend oneself against several attackers impressed Grand Master Hwang Kee that at that moment he knew he wanted to learn the martial arts. For several years Grand Master Hwang Kee studied and researched every available source, and at the age of 22 he was recognized as a Master among other martial artists. In the year 1935, Grand Master Hwang Kee began working for the Korean railroad company which allowed him to travel. In May of 1936 Grand Master Hwang Kee met a Chinese master named Yang, Kuk Jin and started training with this Master. The training consisted of Seh Bop (postures), Bo Bop (steps), Ryun Bop (conditioning) and Hyung (Forms) with their applications.

Grandmaster Hwang Kee created the Moo Duk Kwan on November 9, 1945. 70 years later, the Moo Duk Kwan style that GM Hwang Kee developed is still very popular in the world, all Tang Soo Do, Soo Bahk Do and other Moo Duk Kwan practioners must be gratefull that we have the opportunity to discover this Martial Art.Troughout te world, there are a lot off different associations, federations and organizations but we all have something in common, GM Hwang Kee founder of this fantastic Martial Art system.

More info available in KJN Ho Sik Pak books vol 1 & vol 2