What is it about a fire that draws us to it almost instinctively? We may not even be cold, yet we can’t resist “backing up” to a nice warm fire. Is it just coincidence that we are so predictable when we are near one or could it be that we have an inborn sense that draws us to it? It seems that almost everyone is attracted to and responds the same way to a well tended and controlled fire. Perhaps this offers a unique insight into one aspect of our art.
July 14th, 2012 marks 10 years since the passing of Hwang Kee, the Moo Duk Kwan’s Founder, and perhaps this day is an opportunity for all who have been touched by his Moo Duk Kwan’s influence to warmly reflect on the source of all that which Moo Duk Kwan practitioners enjoy.
Kee Hwang founded his Moo Duk Kwan® martial arts schools in Seoul Korea in 1945 where he taught his martial art system to eager students and american military personnel. In the early days of his Moo Duk Kwan® schools he named his martial art system that was taught in them Hwa Soo Do, then Tang Soo Do and later adopted the name Soo Bahk Do®.
Today, only those organizations affiliated with the World Moo Duk Kwan are legitimately authorized to represent themselves as Moo Duk Kwan® schools providing instruction in the Soo Bahk Do® martial art system. The U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation has sole and exclusive license to use these trademarks in the USA.
Those seeking authentic training from duly credentialed instructors operating licensed Moo Duk Kwan schools teaching Founder Hwang Kee’s Soo Bahk Do Martial art system can identify them by these marks.
Only those entities legally authorized to display these marks are providing legitimate and authentic Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan martial art instruction as intended by Founder Hwang Kee in his Moo Duk Kwan schools.
To search a list of legitimately authorized instructors, schools and organizations click here. (forthcoming)
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federally Registered Trademarks and Service Marks
=== Trademarks ===
“Moo Duk Kwan” United States Patent and Trademark Office 3,023,145 and “the fist logo” United States Patent and Trademark Office 1,446,944 and 3,119,287 are federally registered trademarks of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.
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Selected photos of the Moo Duk Kwan’s Founder Hwang Kee.
Upon the Founder’ passing, the secure safe deposit box containing the succession document was opened (and videoed) in front of witnesses pursuant to provisions specified in the the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation’s Charter And Bylaw Article V Section 2:
BYLAWS ARTICLE V SECTION 2
Only one successor shall serve at a time and shall serve in accordance with the Charter and By-laws. The Grand Master shall name his successor and has done so in a sealed document entrusted to the Board of Directors.
In accordance with Bylaws Article V Section 2, an updated document providing for the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan martial art system’s leadership succession has since been provided by H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim to the U.S. Board of Directors and is securely stored in a safe deposit box until such time as it may be updated or executed.
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