Kee Hwang, Moo Duk Kwan® Founder, Part 1 (1914-1949) in a series of timelines about his life and the history of his Moo Duk Kwan® martial art school. Click on the hyperlinks to see historic photos in the history of the Moo Duk Kwan®
This historical project would not have been possible without the guidance and historical input of Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang.
Written by Steven Lemner (Dan Bon 23703)
Proof reading and historical input by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang (Dan Bon 509)
Proof reading and historical input by Frank Bonsignore, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 15805 )
Layout ,web design and proof reading by Master Roberto Bonefont Sr. (Dan Bon 13927 )
Layout and web design by Phil Duncan, Sa Bom Nim (Dan Bon 20631 )
Photo review and watermarking by Rich Ahlers, Kyo Sa Nim (Dan Bon 45476 )
Thanks to the many members both current and past for sharing the many photographs and data
of the Moo Duk Kwan's founder Hwang Kee and Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang's history.
Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee
Hwang Kee Moo Duk Kwan® Martial Art School Founder and
Soo Bahk Do® (Tang Soo Do) martial art system creator
Before the Moo Duk Kwan®
1862 June 13th: Hwang Kees' father born Hwang Yong Hwan, Educated in Chinese Classics and History. He attended the Law Academy and held the title of Hoon Mun Gwan (Extensive Literary Scholar) He also held the position of Government Secretary.
Narration by H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim: Kwan Jang Nim's Father, Hwan Yong Hwang at age of 76, the caligraphy in background is his personal work.
Born: November 9, 1914 in Jang Dan, Kyong Ki province. Named Tae Nam (Star Boy) by his father, youngest of three children. One brother 20 years older, and one sister
1914 May 13th: the future Mrs. Hwang Kee was born ( Cho Kyung Kap)
1919:Hwang Kee's mother passes away
1921:Exposed to Tae Kyun, Sip Pal Ki at a (Dan Oh festival) (7 yrs old)
1928 April: Married Cho Kyung Kap (though an arranged marriage, typical of the time and culture) They had five children; two boys and three girls. Hwang Hyun Chul was the first son.
A Moment with the family with the Kwan Jang Nim. First row, from the left, Hwang Kee, Kwan Jang Nim, Mrs. Hwang Kee, and his older sister, the back row, from left, 3rd daughter, 1st daughter, 2nd daughter, his nephew and his son, photo taken in 1967. (H.C. Hwang, Kwan Jang Nim, narrating)
1947 March 4th: H. C. Hwang (Jin Mun Hwang) Born Seoul, Korea, (the oldest child)
1947 March: Attempted to unify the five major existing styles in Korea: A) Moo Duk Kwan B) Chung Do Kwan C) Yeun Moo Kwan D) Song Moo Kwan E) YMCA Kwon Bup Bu
1947: Presided as chairman at the first Hwa Soo Do demonstration in the Transportation High School Gymnasium
1947 May 7th: Established the first Regional branch Tang Soo Do school in Dae Jun City, Choong-Nam Province. Sam Hyun Nam (#4) was appointed as an Instructor
1947, June 5th: Established Hwa Soo Do (Tang Soo Do) school in the Department of Railways.
1947, July 7th: Established Hwa Soo Do (Tang Soo Do) school in the Labor Department
1948: Arrested and tortured for the first time, in an unsuccessful attempt to force him to confess that he was a left-wing Communist sympathizer. After several days of torture and imprisonment he was released. (This event was precipitated by flyers, that were found on the floor where he taught that supported Communist activities and North Korean political policy. This was believed to be an attempt by a competitor to discredit him and his growing success and visibility of his martial arts organization)
Began training in 1967 at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan on June 18, 1969. Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued his original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on his petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors, Mr. Robert Sohn, Dan Bon 6037 and Mr. Vincent Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.