About

As a traditional martial art, the purpose of Soo Bahk Do is “to develop every aspect of the self in order to create a mature human being who totally integrates intellect, body, emotions, and spirit.”

Images-square6Moo Duk Kwan

The Moo Duk Kwan was founded by Kwan Jang Nim (Grandmaster) Hwang Kee on November 9th 1945 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Moo Duk Kwan translates as 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 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.

Moo Duk Kwan philosophy is action philosophy

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.

 

For further information on the history of the Moo Duk Kwan, visit the World Moo Duk Kwan website.

Images-square5Soo Bahk Do

Soo Bahk Do is the scientific use of the body in methods of self-defence, combined with a philosophy guiding the student towards discovering their full potential. As a traditional martial art, the purpose of Soo Bahk Do is “to develop every aspect of the self in order to create a mature human being who totally integrates intellect, body, emotions, and spirit.”

 

It is both a highly effective self-defence system and a beautiful, traditional art form. As a balanced, hard/soft style it has something to offer everyone and demands mastery of the whole body. We use Soo Bahk Do to realise our full potential and emphasise “virtue in action” demonstrating courage, discipline, confidence and humility through our sincere efforts in training and our behaviour towards others.

 

What makes Soo Bahk Do unique is its versatility and philosophy. Throughout the centuries, Korea has been attacked and invaded many times, meaning Soo Bahk Do became versatile out of necessity. This has resulted in an art that demands mastery of the whole body, not just kicking and punching. The challenging techniques taught range from fast and spontaneous to slow, graceful flowing movements that not only give variety but challenge students at all levels.

 

Soo Bahk Do is an art, not a sport, and great emphasis is placed on the fact it is non-competitive.

Australian Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation

Purpose of the Federation:

To promote, perform and protect the Korean art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan as taught by the founder Hwang Kee and Kwan Jang Nim (Grandmaster) H.C. Hwang in Australia.

 

Date of Creation: March 2004

 

Organisational Structure:

Australia is part of Zone 1 of World Moo Duk Kwan, and is is divided into five regions.

  • Region 1: Northern Territory and Victoria
  • Region 2: Western Australia
  • Region 3: ACT and New South Wales
  • Region 4: South Australia
  • Region 5: Victoria

 

Each of the regions are represented on the Australian Federation Committee. Two advisory committees, the Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provide support to the Federation and its members. At the international level the Federation is represented by an appointed designee.

 

Australian Designee

The Designee represents Australia at the yearly World Moo Duk Kwan Symposium and is responsible for communications between the Federation and Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang.

  • Designee: Kriton Glenn SBN

 

Senior Advisory Committee

The SAC is the senior advisor for the TAC and reports to Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang.

  • SAC Member: Michael Austin SBN

 

Hu Kyun In

Hu Kyun In (Guardians of the Art) are senior members of the Australian Federation who have been recognised for their long-standing commitment to the study of Soo Bahk Do. They are further recognised for their years of devotion to strengthening and spreading the art across Australia.

  • Hu Kyun In: Leonie Broman SBN
  • Hu Kyun In: Craig Connor SBN

 

Current Federation Committee Members:

  • Chair: Derek Koina SBN
  • Treasurer: Jim Kehoe SBN
  • Secretary: Kylie McMartin KSN

 

Ordinary Members:

  • Patrick McCormick SBN
  • Tony Hertog SBN
  • Robyn Costa SBN
  • Frank Akkerboom KSN
  • Mr Shane Buckley
  • Mr Stephen McMillan

 

Technical Advisory Committee

The TAC advises the Australian Federation members across all areas of Moo Do, including:

Shim Gung Bu

  1. Standardisation of all tradition and philosophy
  2. Seminars on tradition, protocols and philosophy
  3. Event procedures, ceremonies and flag display
  4. Further study of Shim Gung aspect of our art

Weh Gung Bu

  1. Standardisation of all techniques
  2. Conduct all clinics, tournaments and camps
  3. Further study of Weh Gung aspect of our art

Neh Gung Bu

  1. Standardisation of culture, history and terminology
  2. Seminars on culture, history and terminology
  3. Further study of Neh Gung aspect of our art

 

  • TAC Member: Mark Koina SBN
  • TAC Member: Kim Wyles SBN

 

Regional Examiners

Regional Examiners ensure the regions operate in support of the Australian Federation and TAC.

Regional Examiners:

  • Region 1: Lauren Andersson SBN / Stephen McGrath SBN
  • Region 2: Tim Conversi SBN
  • Region 3: Mark Koina SBN
  • Region 4: Ray Sargeant SBN
  • Region 5: PJ Steyer SBN