Welcome to Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association
Comitted to preserving the legacy and future of Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan.
Welcome to Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association. This is the home of the "Original" Taekwondo MooDuk Kwan organization established by the members of Moo Duk Kwan who unified with other Taekwondo Kwans into the Korea Taekwondo Association in 1965.
Today, this orignal Kwan is headed up by President Jong Hwan Lee, who was personally selected by the late Jae Kyu Chon to be his successor (original Board of Directors dismantled by President Choi, Nam Do who agreed to final unification in 1978).
Grandmaster Lee served for the past 16 years as the President of the Pan American branch of the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Associiation before being asked to assume the position.
In the last year of President Chon's Presidency he selected and asked Jong Hwan Lee to dedicate his life to rebuilding Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan back to it's days of global dominance, leadership and respect using today's modern technology and business practices. He was also instructed to maintain a working relationship with the KTA and Kukkiwon in honor of past agreements with the Kwan.
President Lee vows to be a "Simple Leader" with simple solutions in a complex world. He is committed to both serving the members of our family and the reunification of all factions of Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan.
Serving all Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan family members around the World.
The Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association is a global organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan members around the world.
We are organized with leaders dedicated to Regions of the World, Associations, Grandmasters & Masters dedicated to delivery of Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo and Tangsoodo.
Five Regions include:
Pan America, Europe, Oceana, Africa and Asia
Appointments: We are currently accepting applications for appointment to open Regional President, Leadership positions over each of the major regions of the World (See chart below).
(8-9th Dan Only).
In addition, we have Regional Vice President, leadership appointments at the individual country, province or state levels within each of the Global Regions (See Chart below). (5-9th Dan only).
If you are interested: Please complete form below and push submit button. If accepted we will contact you and ask for a brief 1 page resume of your Taekwondo history including ranks and date of rank or mail request to our address: Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association, P.O. Box 1108, Roseville, CA 95678
If appointed: You will be expected to create and conduct Taekwondo
Moo Duk Kwan events in your area of responsibility and may be called upon to be involved in rank examinations and other Moo Duk Kwan activities as deemed necessary by the leadership team.
Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan History
The Moo Duk Kwan was founded by the late Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945. After the Korea war nine major Kwans were formed. In 1955, President of Korea asked that all the Kwan's unite under the name of Taekwondo. At this time Hwang Kee resisted. In 1960 he renamed the art Soo Bahk Do. In the 60's
Moo Duk Kwan grew to become 70% of the practitioners in Korea.
In 1961 President Park, directed the Kwans to unify under the banner of the Korean Taekwondo Association (KTA). In 1965 the leaders of the Kwans met and the Unification Declaration Ceremony was conducted. At this time General Choi was the President of the KTA. Prior to the final meeting and signing of the agreement, the Board of Directors of the Moo Duk Kwan decided to unify under the KTA. The agreement was made and later Grandmaster Hwang Kee backed out. A large number of the MooDukKwan Masters honored the unification and the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan was formed with it's first President being Kang, Ik Lee. The subsequent presidents would be Chong Soo Hong, In Seok Kim, Choi Nam Do, Jae Kyu Chon and Jong Hwan Lee, (Current President).
During the mid 1970s, the Korea Taekwondo Association was trying fervently to abolish the old concept of the Kwans in order to unify Taekwondo as Korea’s National Sport. Final efforts towards Kwan unification heated up in 1977 and after several meetings, the Korea Taekwondo Association decided that the original Kwans would be eliminated by the end of the following year. August 7, 1978 can be considered an historical date for Taekwondo because it was on this day that the Kwan-jangs (presidents) ultimately compromised and closed the Kwan system with a signed proclamation, finalizing the official Kwan unification. Many senior masters continued to identify themselves by their Kwan and would form fraternal organizations to continue their Kwan tradition. Once such group was the “Moo Duk Hwoi” (pronounced “hae”), organized by Chong Soo Hong and comprised of senior Moo Duk Kwan masters in Korea and around the World.
Today, the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association is the predecessor of the Moodukhwoi. It is the same organization with it's history, lineage and purpose. It's primary purpose is to unify, preserve and promote the Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan phiosophy, history and culture Worldwide.
Jong Hwan Lee
"Lead by example and they will follow"
Grandmaster Jong Hwan Lee, President
"Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo principles have guided me through all my life; it is my life"
The essence of Grandmaster Lee is revealed in this simple statement he says about himself.
He was born in Jan Dan Koon, Kyungkido, Korea on October 10, 1941. At the age of twelve, he decided to learn Taekwondo in order to protect himself and to conquer shyness. He began training six days a week in Yong Do Po, Seoul, Korea under the Moo Duk Kwon Association with Master Myung K. Kang. His first black belt was received in 1956 at age fifteen after which he became an assistand instructor. As quoted, Taekwondo became his life. From a shy bullied boy to instructor, to Master and Grandmaster, Jong Lee never ceased his training.
During this time he also participated on the Korean National Team in fighting competition. He eventually became a Taekwondo Instructor for the Korean Police Department (the U.S. 728th Military Police) and took over the Yong Do Po school in 1963 when Master Kang left for the United States. He later joined the Korean army and taught Taekwondo in the White Horse Division and the Tiger Division in Vietnam.
As a fifth degree black belt, Master Lee and Taekwondo peers Master Byung Yu, Ju Kim, Yung Ahn and Dan Choi came to the United States in 1968 at the request of Master Kang to compete in what was billed as the first USA vs. Korea tournament. The historical significance of this event has it's place in the Taekwondo Museum at Taekwondowon. All but Master Ahn remained to open dojangs across the United States.
In the United States, Master Lee simultaneously attended school, worked a regular job and taught Taekwondo. His Roseville, California Dojang was established in 1969 and has remained open since that time. Today, it serves as the Global Operations hub for the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan. Like the original headquarters in Korea it sits directly accorss the street from a major Rail Road Station.
He promoted to 8th Dan in 1981 under the Moo Duk Kwan and 9th Dan in 1990 (30 years ago).
Master Lee refers to himself as a "simple man with simple solutions". This simplicity unfolds as dedication, authenticity and love. He says, "always give people a chance". In all his years of Taekwondo experience, he has never removed himself from people desiring to learn.
He has practiced Taekwondo for over 67 years. In 1992 he co-founded the United World Taekwondo Association in order to further share his knowledge and understanding of Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo.
His dedication to the Moo Duk Kwan began in Korea in 1953 when he began training and has been his Taekwondo root every since. Early in his career he recalls visiting President Chong Soo Hong at MooDukKwan headquarters and was asked to "go out to purchase a couch for guests", which he did.
In 2003 he was appointed by President Jae Kyu Chon as the President of the Pan American Branch of the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association, second most senior officer position within the Kwan. In 2019, after an exhausting search, he was selected by President Chon to be his successor. In his search he considered many existing senior members and officers; but, decided after much deliberation and discussions with other Taekwondo Kwan leaders that he wanted Grandmaster Lee to succeed him as the President.
"Below President Jong Hwan Lee meets with President H. C. Hwang who leads the original Moo Duk Kwan Soo Bahk Do Organization to discuss the Moo Duk Kwan heritage program, collaborate on the 75 year anniversary and to build a bond of friendship between the two branches of the Moo Duk Kwan family"
Rank Certification & Examination Processing
We offer duplicate rank certificates to members; promotional certificates to individuals processed by a member dojang and or organization; and examinations. All persons seeking promotion by the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association to the rank of 7th Dan and above must first meet standard time in grade and promotional requirements and submit to an Examination via interactive video conference by a 3 person Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Examination panel.
Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association does not issue rank without an examination. This practice is considered unethical and irresponsible and brings dishonor to those who have earned it the traditional way. Rank must continue to be earned and not given or it has no meaning.
Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan
(All rank certificates are numbered and individually sealed with non-duplicatable water markings, etc.)
Duplicate Certificate Process and Fee
Receive a Duplicate Rank Certificate for your current rank from Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association
Duplicate certificates require submital of acceptable rank certificate from recognized entity. Recognized entities include: Kukkiwon, Affiliated Dojang, Affiliated Organizations and Taekwondo Kwon's who conduct examinations in keeping with the standards of our Kwan. We reserve the right to reject any request for a duplicate certificate.
Requirements Required for issuance of Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association Black belts:
All examinations conducted by the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association, affiliated dojangs or affiliated organizations must strictly follow the examinations standards as established by the Kukkiwon as it relates to time in grade, age and performance during examinations.
Promotional authority: An individual or examiner can only promote someone to a rank two levels below their existing rank (example, a 6th Dan Examiner can promote an individual to the rank of 4th Dan). An instructor may invite a recognized Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan higher rank to sit on an examination panel as the Chairman to promote individuals to higher dan levels; but, in all cases there must be a panel of 3 qualified high ranks.
All promotions to 7th, 8th and 9th Dan can only be authorized by the Korean Taekwondo MooDukKwan Association President. Examination fees for promotion to this level are paid directly to the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association.
Examinations for High Dan (7-9th Dan) must be scheduled with Headquarters:
Korea Taekwondo MooDukKwan is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the Kwan and maintaining quality standards. As such all members wishing to promote to 7th thru 9th Dan can only be tested with the permission of President. The President must be personally present to approve and oversee any examination for 9th Degree Black Belt.
Examinations can be scheduled with headquarters. If an individual meets certain circumstantial requirements exam may be scheduled via interactive live video system. All exams are pass/fail and conducted with trained, licensed or certified examiners who will score all aspects of exam against a quantifiable standard of quality.
All applicants who apply will be required to submit via email: an Application (one will be emailed to you when you submit form above), Passport photo, Taekwondo resume including list of all Dan promotions (level, date promoted & by whom) and the appropriate thesis document using the Kukkiwon required subject list.
President Chon delivering 9th Dan certificate to Clinton Robinson (2011).
1st-Kang, Ik Lee, November 20, 1965-1971
2nd-Hong Chong Soo, July 27,1971-1973
3rd-Kim, In Seok, 1973-1975
4th-Choi, Nam Do, 1975 (signed Kukkiwon unification agreement 1978)-1993
5th-Chon, Jae Kyu, 1993-2020 (Board of Directors Disbanned)
6th-Lee, Jong Hwan, 2020-present (Modernization of Organization with Technology & Reestablishing Board of Directors).
Presidents of Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan
Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Awards nominations are accepted annually in August of the calendar year.
Requirements for nomination into the Hall of Fame include one must hold the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo MooDukKwan and have contributed greatly to the legacy, preservation, uplifting and success of our Kwan.
Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan will not issued rank without a performance based pass/fail examination. Rank is earned in Taekwondo and not given based on politics, popularity or for money?
All Moodukkwan Seniors must maintain the integrity of the rank of our organization, Taekwondo and for the good of all martial artists.
Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan "Integrity" is not for sale!
Once you have received permission to render payment for duplicate certificate or to participate in an examination you will click on the below payment button and render payment.
Wait until our staff provides you with approval and payment amount.
First Inductee: Grandmaster Hwang Kee
Grandmaster Hwang Kee is the founder of Moo Duk Kwan and first inductee into the Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan "Hall of Fame". Hwang Kee founded the Moo Duk Kwan in 1945. He was born in 1914, and is said to have escaped to Manchuria in 1936 during the height of the Japanese occupation, where he studied Chinese fighting systems. He eventually returned to Korea and began teaching his own style called “Hwa Soo Do” in the Young-san area of Seoul, near the present day railroad station, where he was employed. Hwang’s initial attempts were unsuccessful since most of the population was only familiar with Japanese styles such as Karate, Judo or Kendo. In 1947, he met with two fellow masters, Won Kuk Lee of the Chung Do Kwan and Sang Sup Chun of the Yeon Moo (Ji Do) Kwan, both of whom had studied Karate in Japan and were having much more success at their respective schools. After much consideration, Hwang chose to use the more-recognized name “Tang Soo Do” and adopt the curriculum used by Lee and Chun.
Over the next decade, Hwang Kee used his position with the railroad to open Moo Duk Kwan branch schools all over the country. By the early 1960s, his organization had grown to the point that more than 70% of all practitioners in Korea were members of the Moo Duk Kwan.
Third Inductee: Grandmaster Chong Soo Hong
Second Inductee: Ik Lee Kang, 1st President
Ik Lee Kang was the second inductee into the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan due to his election as the first President of the newly formed Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan. Hwang Kee had set up the Moo Duk Kwan with a board of directors, a vote occurred and the majority chose to move forward and formally join the Korea Taekwondo Association, creating a new “Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan” with Kang Ik Lee as first president.
Fourth Inductee: Chon, Jae Kyu
Chon, Jae Kyu served as the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan President served honorably for 37 years. During his tenure he also served as a "High Dan" examiner for the Kukkiwon. Under his leadership he expanded the organization by adding a Pan American Division covering Canada, USA, Mexico and South America. His vision was to maintain the honor of the Kwan and to preserve the heritage of the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Hae/Organization. Over the years, he cooperated with the KTA and Kukkiwon adhering to the original "Consolidation" Agreement. He continued to work tirelessly traveling and representing the Kwan until his passing. In his last year, knowing he was ill, he worked to identify a successor to implement his vision of rejuvenating, modernizing and moving the Kwan forward technologically to ensure it's access by all members around the World. It was this mission that he gave to Jong Hwan Lee upon appointing him as the successor to Presidency of the Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan.
The second inductee into the Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan "Hall of Fame", Chong Soo Hong. Grandmaster Hong was a major figure in the Moo Duk Kwan who served as the 2nd President, played a pivotal role in the unification process, integration of Moo Duk Kwan into the KTA and later Kukkiwon where he served as Vice President. He was also responsible for the creation of the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Hae. It is said that although the Kwans were “officially” terminated, many senior masters continued to identify themselves by their Kwan and would form fraternal organizations to continue their Kwan tradition. Once such group was the “Moo Duk Hwoi” (pronounced “hae”), organized by Chong Soo Hong and comprised of senior Moo Duk Kwan masters in Korea. In the 1980's under the leadership of American based Korean Moo Duk Kwan Masters the Pan American Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Society was created. Later the term society was dropped and replaced when under under the leadership of appointed President Jong Hwan Lee the organization became an official branch of the Korea Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan.
Up Coming Events
& Standing Officers Meetings
Bringing the family Together & Communications is a priority!
Moo Duk Kwan
October 1 & 2, 2021
Silver Legacy Events
Saturday-Black Tie Dinner
(Event Registration will be available beginning in June 2021 at this site)
Zoom Link to be provided.
Quarterly Meetings with Headquarters officers, Regional Presidents and Organization Presidents via Zoom interactive Video 2nd Wednesday of the month (January/April/July/October) at 2 pm pacific standard time Zoom Links shared with Officers.
Organizational Headquarters & Presidents Quarterly Meetings
(on hold due to COVID)
Monthly Staff Meetings (Zoom video conference) at 1pm on 2nd Wednesday of each month (call 916 783-1199 for log in information)