Soo Bahk Do - Karate

Soo Bahk Do ( Moo Duk Kwan ) translates as Hand, Strike, Way and is an effective Martial Art for self defence.

Focused primarily on using hands & feet, it incorporates locks, throws & takedowns in order to offer the student a well rounded knowledge of self defence. We practise punching & kicking techniques, Hyung (which are patterns of movement to simulate combat), Il Soo Sik Dae Ryung (one step sparring), Hol Shin Sool (Self defence, locks, sweeps & takedowns) together with Free Sparring.

Soo Bahk Do will help the student develop their skills at all ranges giving them the confidence to defend themselves with control and disipline.


The History of Soo bahk Do

The name “Soo Bahk” was first used about 2200-2700 years ago in the age of Chun Chu in China.  However, “Soo Bahk Ki” (Soo Bahk Technique) or “Soo Bahk Hee” (Soo Bahk Dance) seems to have been more actively known and practiced in the Ko Ku Ryo dynasty (2000 years ago), Ko Ryo dynasty (1000 years ago), and Yi Dynasty (600 years ago) of Korea.  This shows that Soo Bahk Ki (or Hee) was practiced by Korean people traditionally since the Ko Ku Ryo Dynasty (2000 years ago).

No one knew about the existence of Soo Bahk for nearly a half century during the Japanese occupation.  Korea became an independent country as World War II ended on August 15, 1945.

The founder of the art Kwang Jang Nim ( Grandmaster ) Hwang Kee discovered Soo Bahk in the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji in 1957.  This was the rebirth of Soo Bahk as a Korean traditional martial art.  He spent long and arduous hours of study in order to make possible the rebirth of Soo Bahk for the martial art practitioners of the world.

He developed the Soo Bahk Do system for us to study through the Moo Duk Kwan as a living art, and he has helped us to become connected with our long and proud heritage.

The Kwan Jang Nim realized the importance and value of “Soo Bahk” as an art form and he named it “Soo Bahk Do” and started its promotion in 1957.

The Korean Soo Bahk Do Association was formally registered as a corporation with the Korean government on June 30, 1960 and has continuously fulfilled its mission.