About Us

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Dave Willard is a national and internationally certified Master Instructor in the Korean martial art style Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan. He began his training in 1983 under the guidance of Marlene Kachevas Sa Bom Nim. He still actively trains and teaches, striving to improve his knowledge and understanding of the martial art. He has been instructing children (4y +) and adults since 1986. In 2007 he earned his 6th Degree Black Belt (Master Level) after an 8 day intensive exam.

He is a member in good standing with the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association World Moo Duk Kwan.

ABOUT OUR ART

Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan is a traditional Korean Martial Art. It was founded November 9, 1945 by Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Its purpose is to develop every aspect of the self, in order to create a mature person who totally integrates his/her intellect, body, emotions, and spirit.

It is important to understand that Soo Bahk Do is the Art and Moo Duk Kwan is the style. Soo Bahk Do is the technical side, and the Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophical side of “Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.” The name “Bahk” originated in the age of Chun Chu (2700 years ago) according to the Moo Yei Dobo Tong Ji, which is one of the oldest records of Korea’s martial arts. Soo Bahk Do (combat with bare hands and feet) is the only Korean martial art handed down from the Ko Ku Ryo Dynasty, thereby making it the oldest Korean martial art (aprox. 2,000 years old)

Translated literally, Moo Duk Kwan means “Institute of Martial Virtue.” It is the scientific use of the body in methods of self defense, combined with a strict philosophy guiding the practitioner towards discovering their full potential. Soo Bahk Do, translated means “Hand Striking Way”, and is the means to forge a body towards gaining ultimate use of its faculties through intensive physical and mental training. It is an art of self defense and philosophy that’s secrets cannot be bought at any price other than serious and rigorous training. It is an art tempered on the lawns of Buddhist monasteries, against the steel of wandering bandits and on the fields of combat, its history is a long and honorable one.

WHAT MAKES SOO BAHK DO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STYLES?

There are many fine styles of martial arts. Two of the many things that separate your art (Soo Bahk Do) from all other arts and make it unique. Soo Bahk Do strives for mastery of the whole body, not just kicking and punching. Challenging techniques ranging from quick and spontaneous movements to slow graceful flowing movements gives not only variety but also challenges everyone. Second, many styles teach effective self defense and fighting principles but Soo Bahk Do offers much more than just that. Learning fighting techniques without a strong philosophy is to burden society with more dangerous people. WE USE SOO BAHK DO TO REALIZE OUR FULL POTENTIAL AND EMPHASIZE “VIRTUE IN ACTION” DEMONSTRATING COURAGE, DISCIPLINE, CONFIDENCE AND HUMILITY THROUGH OUR SINCERE EFFORTS IN TRAINING AND OUR BEHAVIOR TOWARDS OTHERS. You won’t just hear our philosophy you’ll see it in action. THIS is what makes Soo Bahk Do VERY DIFFERENT!

Dave Willard

Dave Willard is internationally certified by the Moo Duk Kwan® as a master level instructor (Sa Bom) of the Soo Bahk Do martial art system.  He also holds the rank of 6th degree black belt Dan number 26552 and operates a Moo Duk Kwan® Certified Studio 5 Elements Soo Bahk Do where he shares the values and benefits of Soo Bahk Do® martial art training with students of all ages. Connect with him using the websites and social media links below.

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