SOO BAHK DO MOO DUK KWAN® --- THE KO DAN JA EXPERIENCE©
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1960 Intro to Tang Soo Do
Greetings you are now reading something unique and that can provide an interesting snapshot of the Moo Duk Kwan martial art style circa 1960, this document was given to me by Dr. Steve Finnando whom received it from Dr. Vincent Nunno Dan #7291. This manual was written by Grandmaster Hwang Kee and translated by Dr. Robert Sohn at the time a Cho Dan Dan #6037, Mr. Moon Chae Sik a first Gup and Master Ahn Kyong Won at that time a fourth Dan.
Master Ahn taught the Army’s Infantry 7th Division at their Headquarters starting in 1960. Dr. Sohn was stationed in Korean and trained with Master Ahn from 1963 to 1965. Assuming he made Cho Dan in a year the manual was translated in 64 or 65 at the latest. Remember it was translated from an earlier Korean Version which predates the translation which seems to possible be written in 1960. It is an interesting glimpse as to the organization of Grandmaster Hwang Kee’s Moo Duk Kwan at that time period.
Some interesting things to note are the testing point system with triple promotions for scores 90-100 and demotions for scores 40 and lower, the time period to test for various ranks as well as the breaking requirements. Also of interest are the fact that there was no yellow or orange belt at that time and they actually did use Midnight Blue belts that far back. Finally there are some interesting historical notes in Grandmaster Hwang Kees resume listed.
Please keep in mind this is a straight copy of the introduction so the spelling may be different from the more modern standardized way you may be familiar with, also some facts may not be completely accurate as it was a translation and although I am sure the translators did their best to be as accurate as possible there are sure to be some mistake amongst the text here and there.
So I hope you enjoy this little bit of Korean martial arts history and I am glad I could share it with you.
The parts of this material written by Daniel Segarra are copyrighted.
Translators and owners of this written introduction
Master Ahn Kyong Won
Born in Seoul, Korea, Master Kyong won Ahn began his martial arts training when he was twelve years old. He served an internship with his instructor, Master Chang Bok Lee, as the Master Instructor for the Korean and American armies from 1955 through 1967 representing Grandmaster Hwang Kee and the Moo Duk Kwan. Considered one of the best competitors in Korea in the early 1960s, Grandmaster Ahn was winner of many Tang Soo Do championships and honors throughout Korea.
Grandmaster Ahn came to the United States in 1967 at the request of Grandmaster Hwang Kee and was sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, He began teaching Tang Soo Do there in August of 1967.
From 1967 to 1970 he acted as the liaison from Korea officiating for Moo Duk Kwan certifications, testing’s etc.
In 1971 he formed the United Taekwondo Association (UTA) breaking away with the Moo Duk Kwan to accept the position of Grandmaster in the UTA.
Mr. Robert C. Sohn, Born 02 Apr 1939 - 12 Jan 1997 joined the U.S Army Infantry and was stationed in Korea 1963-1965. He made the rank of sergeant and was stationed near the DMZ. While in Korea he began training with Mr. Ahn Kyong Won. Master Ahn was a Tang Soo Do Master under Grandmaster Hwang Kee and known for his incredible fighting skills. Dr. Sohn trained frequently at Joong Ahn Dojang in Korea and was tested by Grandmaster Hwang Kee himself. He attained the rank of fourth dan and the Korean Dan number 6037. He trained in Korea from 1963-1965 and while in Korea met his future wife So Cha (Tina) a native Korean. They married in 1964 and came back to the United states in 1965.
In 1966 he and Vinny Nunno opened the West Village Karate Center on Hudson St. in Manhattan in 1966. In 1968 he opened the Five Towns Karate Center in Lawrence Long Island.
In 1967 They along with Hugine Percival (Dan #7954) hosted the first N.Y Tang Soo Do Tournament in the N.Y Armory. A young Michael J. Masley was the Grand Champion.
Mr. Nunno moved to San Francisco in 1969.
Dr. Sohn, opened the Five Towns Karate Center in 1969 with Arthur Petzel (Pryor) and Michael Sherman, Maurice Fedida and Steve Finnando assisting. Shortly after that both Arthur Pryor and Michael Sherman joined the new U.S Tang Soo Do Federation leaving the Five Towns Karate Center.
Master Daniel Segarra began training in the Korean martial arts at the age of ten and at the Five Towns Karate Center at age fifteen in 1979, under Master Daniel P. Bannard. He would later train with Master Michael Masley, Master Frank Bonsignore and Grandmaster H.C Hwang. He trained in Tang Soo Do/Soo Bahk Do under Grandmaster H.C Hwang for over twenty years then retired from the organization forming his own Moo Sa Do Kwan (Warrior-Scholar Way) organization in 2004.
By Hwang Gee, President of Moo Duk Kwan
Robert C. Sohn, 1st Dan
Moon Chae Sik, 1st Gup
Ahn Kyong Won, 4th Dan
1. Definition of Tang Soo Do
2. The Objective of the Moo Duk Kwan
3. The further objective of learning Tang Soo Do
4. The Moo Duk Kwan Emblem
5. The Distinction of Moo Duk Kwan
6. The purpose of teaching Tang Soo Do to people of other nation
7. Special Characteristics of Tang Soo Do
8. Things to observe in your study of Tang Soo Do
9. Goals of Tang Soo Do and the Ten Creeds
10. The Ten Creeds
11. Five essential points in mental self control
12. Pivotal factors in mental development
13. Five essential points in Physical development
14. Ten factors to emphasize in practice
15. Brief History of Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do
16. Main Achievements
17. Rules of testing
19. Application for admission
20. Membership Oath
21. History of Soo Bahk Do
1. Tang (唐) an ancient Chinese Dynasty, Soo (手) hands, Do (道) Art.
2. The martial art which employs no constructed instruments, but only the hand and feet to strike in self-defense, with the further purpose of training the mind and the body.
The Objective of Moo Duk Kwan: Justice
Hwang Gee, President of the Moo Duk Kwan
The cultivation of the spirit and body in perfect harmony with nature.
The Distinctions of Moo Duk Kwan武德館
1. The Moo Duk Kwan (Moo-Martial, Duk-Humility *, Kwan-Association: The association of those schooled in the Martial Art, Tang Soo Do, and steeped in the humility of one who is knowledgeable of
philosophy and capable of controlling his power) has followed the main stream of Tang Soo Do history since the Ko Ku Ryu Dynasty, a period of more than 2000 years.
2. Although the Art has been carried on for that extensive period, a long period of inactivity occurred in which the organized study of Tang Soo Do was nearly obliterated in Korea. In 1945, after Mr. Hwang Gee was awarded the 8th Degree Black Belt by the Chinese Master, he returned to Korea and organized the Moo Duk Kwan. Since then millions of diverse people have been united in a common bond of good will and internal and international friendship through the association.
3. The Moo Duk Kwan emphasizes the knowledge of philosophy and therein lies the Do (道) of Tang Soo Do. In training, the primary consideration is the development of Ki (氣), the ‘power of mind’, secondly skill with the feet, and lastly the hands. Speed and correctness of form in defense and attack are stressed and the student is constantly admonished to practice with serious intent. All this has made Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do the most outstanding in the world, which has been proved repeatedly through international contest, the latest of which was held in Seoul, Korea in 1963 between Korea, China, and Japan. Moo Duk Kwan alone represented Korea, and won nearly every contest with no apparent effort.
4. There are over 1,000,000 members of the Moo Duk Kwan in Korea alone, a number far greater than the total membership of other Tang Soo Do organizations presently in Korea. There are more than 6,000 world-wide Black Belt holders in the Moo Duk Kwan.
*Duk usually is translated as ‘Virtue’
1. To teach this unique martial art to persons of other nations, thereby precipitating better understanding of Korea and Koreans, and to cement better relationships between Korean and other nations,
2. To share the advantages derive - advantages which reach into the daily lives of the practioner.
3. To expand the Moo Duk Kwan on an international scale.
The Goals of Tang Soo Do and the Ten Creeds
The ultimate goal is ‘to live.’ Although this art may be used to kill your opponent, your control must be such that you allow him to live. Life is precious, and even though you attack an enemy, you must always remember this credo, and allow him to live. In order to promote this idealistic goal ‘living’, we set up the following ten creeds in accordance with the principles of nature, with grace, fairness, and speed, to help you in your development of Tang Soo Do.
The Ten Creeds
2. Love Between Parents and Children
3. Love Between Husband and Wife
4. Cooperation among brothers.
5. The aged should protect the children and weak people, and children should respect the aged.
6. Faith between Master and disciples.
7. Trust among friends.
8. To kill or let live must be based on just and fair decisions.
9. Never retreat in battle.
10. Accompany your decisions with action.
In training you must train intensely but you must be careful not to catch cold, as this is easily done when quickly cooling down your body. Furthermore, you must rest sufficiently, and not attempt to ‘keep going’ all the time. Once you have had the experience of real rest you will appreciate the delicious taste of it. You should realize that your progress is not made only while you practice, but also to a real extent while your rest. Rest, you will find, is as important as practice itself.
Mr. Hwang Gee established the Moo Duk Kwan in Seoul, Korea, on 9 Nov 45, and taught initially at the Ministry of Transportation. The following are historical highlights of the Moo Duk Kwan:
Apr 52 Established branch at Police Academy in Seoul Hwang Gee
1 Oct 52 Established branch at Ministry of Defense Hwang Gee
1 Sept 53 Association of Korea Tang Soo Do Organization was established
Nov 53 Moo Duk Kwan joined the Korean Athletic Association
April 54 Established branch at Ma Po prison Hwang Gee
May 55 Inauguration of Central Headquarters Gymnasium, 43 Tong Ja Dong,
Chun Gu, Seoul, Korea Hwang Gee
May 55 Established branch at So Dae Mun Prison Hwang Gee
May 55 Established branch at Headquarters of ROK Air Force Hwang Gee
1956 Dispatched instructors to Main Commands of ROK Air Force:
Su Won Kim Yong Suk
Sa Chon Kang Myong Kyu
Taegu Hong Jong Su
Taejon Im Yong Ja
May 56 Established branch at Naval Academy Hwang Gee
June 56 Established branch at ROK Naval Headquarters Cha Su Yong
June 56 Established Branch at In Hwa Engineering College Kwon Oh Nam
Feb 56 Established branch at ROK Publications Headquarters Kim Man Ho
Oct 56 Established Branch at Military police HQ ROK Army Hwang Gee
Nov 56 Established Branch at 2nd ROK Army Headquarters Hong Jong Su
*Note Hwang Gee is usually spelt Hwang Kee
March 56 Established Branch at ROK Army Headquarters Kim Man Ho
May 57 Established Branch at Marine Corp Headq. Cha Su Young
Sept 57 Established Branch at EUSA Gymnasium Sho Hang
Mar 59 Mu Duk Kwan took 5 ROK military Forces members to Southeast Asia for Demonstrations Hwang Gee
Kim Man Ho
Cha Su Yong
Kim Jun Taek
Lee Young Gyun
Kim Pong Nam
June 60 Name of Korea Tang Soo Do Association changed to Association of Korean Soo Bak Do in accordance with the Ancient title of this Martial Art, and was incorporated.
Jul 60 All instructors of Kung Soo Do joined the Moo Duk Kwan, Yoon Kwae Pyong was president of the Kung Soo Do Association.
Oct 60 Dispatched instructors to main commands of the Eighth United States Army.
Oct 60 Established Branch at 7th Infantry Div Hq Ahn Kyong Won
14 May 61 Mr Hwang Gee led the establishment of the Asian Tang Soo Do Association, which included Korea, Japan, and Nationalist China, and the first meeting was held in the Moo Duk Kwan Conference rom.
Oct 60 Established first Moo Duk Kwan Branch in US at Mr. Deal* Lincoln Park, Michigan.
May 61 Established Tang Soo Do Organization in the US with Mr. Hwang Gee as Honorary President, and Mr. Butterworth** as American Tang Soo Do President.
4 Apr 50 Tang Soo Do Text (First Book on the subject published in Korea) Mr. Hwang Gee.
7 July 58 Tang Soo Do Text - Mr. Hwang Gee.
3 Jun 60 Pamphlet on Self Defense Technique - Mr. Hwang Gee.
9 Sep 60 Moo Ye Si Bo (Monthly Martial Art Magazine - Mr. Hwang Gee
Demonstrations & Exhibitions
July 49 Tang Soo Do Exhibition at the Transportation School in Seoul for the first time in Korea.
Mar 50 At the field of the Ministry of Defense
Jun 53 At the Police Academy.
Oct 55 Goodwill exhibition between Korea and Nationalist China at Seoul Metropolitan Hall.
Nov 55 Tang Soo Do demonstration at the ROK Army Gym in commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Korean Liberation.
Aug 57 Tang Soo Do Demonstration at the 8th U.S Army Headquarters.
Oct 57 Tang Soo Do Demonstration at Seoul Auditorium on the occasion of the 6th annual Korean Athletic Meet.
Nov 57 Exhibition at Seoul Metropolitan Hall on commemoration of the 12th Anniversary of Moo Duk Kwan.
Nov 57 Demonstration at ROK Army Hq on the occasion of Army Martial Art Exhibition.
Feb 58 Demonstration on TV.
Nov 58 An International Goodwill demonstration among Korea, Nationalist China and U.S a the Seoul Metropolitan Hall.
Mar 59 Dispatched five members of ROK Military Forces to South East Asia for Demonstration.
Nov 60 On the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the Moo Duk Kwan an International Exhibition, including Korea, U.S and Nationalist China at Fraternity Hall of the Ministry of Transportation.
9 Jan 61 Mr. Hwang Gee took 8 members of Korea University to Japan on the invitation of Nibon Dae Hak and conducted a tournament with the Japanese.
May 61 Invited 10 Japanese Karate Members to Korea for an International Tournament which was held at Sam Il Dan for the first time in Korea. The Japanese toured Korea, and were at Sam Il Dang Field, the Public Field in Pusan, the Public Field in Jon Ju, etc.
Mental & Physical 15
Table II: Skills & Techniques 50 Points
Point Distribution 91-100 A person qualified to be promoted THREE Grades 81-90 A person qualified to be promoted TWO grades 71-80 A person qualified to be promoted only one grade
61-70 A person who can be promoted conditionally one grade or held for further consideration. 51-60 A person who is disqualified Below 40 A person whom is likely to be Demoted to a lower grade.
Only members of the Junior class (below 1st Dan) are eligible to be promoted more than one grade at a time.
Testing Rules (page 15) 1. The authority to test and award grades belongs exclusively to the president of the MDK in Seoul Korea. This authority is sometimes delegated to instructors when distance does not permit the student to come to Seoul, to be tested.
2. Testing is in accordance with the regulations contained in manuals at headquarters Office, or in some cases in accordance with the President’s Instructions.
The following is the criteria for tests: Chart of Grading and Test Grade
(Unfortunately I couldn't copy the rest of the PDF file, which the grading in a chart format)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang with Ko Dan Ja members and instructor dan members at recent Regional Instructor's Class.
Master Bonefont and Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang, please note the new World Moo Duk Kwan patch the Kwan Jang Nim is wearing, he briefly mentioned how it will used in the near future, each country member will have their country name at the bottom of the patch like the one you see here for member country, Korea.
Allen Ruqus, Sa bom Nim, Frank Bonsignore, Sa Bom Nim/Charter Member, and Master Boenfont, take a minute to pose for a small group photo at the instructor's class.
If you are a dan member in Region 2 and are either training for your instructor certification or are currently a instructor, you need to come to the next training class. The next class will feature all required forms, they will be reviewed, taught and repeated for your benefit. Don't miss the next class. Get with your instructor for date, time and location soon!!!!
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2008 Ko Dan Ja Instructional Classes Begin...
Thanks to Mullen Sa bom Nim, Regional Examiner, for putting out the schedule and organizing the training sessions.
There were approximately 30-35 who attended, that's Ko Dan Ja and Dan members together. Ko Dan Ja attendance was light, however, Bonsignore Sa bom Nim, Johns Sa bom Nim, Frampton Sa bom Nim, Morey Sa bom Nim, Bennett Sa Bom Nim (Host) Weber Sa bom Nim and several others were in attendance as well as 5th and 4th dan Ko Dan Ja.
Speaking on the Sa Dan training experience, we covered our required hyungs and received excellent personal instruction from Johns Sa bom Nim and insightful instruction from Bonsignore Sa bom Nim. Aside from Mullens Sa Bom Nim in attendance, other Ko Dan Ja in attendance were: Laileu Sa Bom Nim, Master Bonefont, Ruqus Sa Bom Nim, Stinehour Sa bom Nim and Brown Sa bom Nim.
The Ko Dan Ja class ran overtime as the dan members in attendance started their instructor's class. They were carefully instructed by Frampton Sa bom Nim and Bonsignore Sa bom Nim.
All said... it was an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn something. I had a great time and it was wonderful to see everyone. Thank you Bennett Sa bom Nim for hosting the sessions... even with all the snow ...which didn't turn out to be much... there was some very good training!!!!!
Looking forward to the next one. If you are a Ko Dan Ja in the region and don't know when the next training session is scheduled contact your regional examiner, Mullen Sa bom Nim and request to be placed on the email notification list or contact HQ for more information. DON'T have a class photo, but I'm hoping that Frampton Sa bom Nim will send one out shortly, as soon as I have it, I'll post it here.
C'mon Region 2... let's represent... see you at the next training session.
Last... but certainly not least... I wish to thank my seniors who were in attendance, and wish to thank them for their dedication to our art.
From the 60th Anniversary Celebration in Korea
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