20th Anniversary of our Great Grandmaster Hwang Kee's Passing, Founder of the Moo Duk Kwan®

It is the 20th Anniversary,  since the passing of the Founder of the Moo Duk Kwan, and our Great Grandmaster Hwang Kee.  It is important to pay tribute to him and the art he has left us all, Soo Bahk Do.

This video was first live streamed for the 75th Anniversary of the Moo Duk Kwan for Nov 9, 2020.  Due to pandemic factors, there was a very successful virtual 75th Anniversary for the World Moo Duk Kwan and many traditional Tang Soo Do practitioners, in an open invitation to all who may have been connected with the Moo Duk Kwan and the Founder Philosophy of martial arts training. (note this video will be viewable until the end of July in his memory)

International Demonstration in Seoul, Korea 1989,The Founder’s entrance followed by Choi Hee Seok (5), Park Sang Tcheon (48), Anastasios Metaxas (20680).

*(the majority of this article is a reprint from 2021)

*The photos below are courtesy of Lemner Sa Bom Nim, Admin for the World Moo Duk Kwan Facebook Website.  The founder's first demonstration of Hwa Sun Hyung from the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji at the 4th Internationals in Atlantic city in 1982. He is performing Mae Bok Seh in this photo.


           The founder's first Hwa Sun Hyung demonstration at the 4th Internationals. Chung Il Kim (475), HC Hwang (509), Myung Seok Seo (2322), and Russ Hanke (4137) are kneeling to observe.

On July 14, 2002, we lost a true martial artist, Warrior-Scholar, and creative leader and Founder of the "Moo Duk Kwan®."

Since his passing many Country member nations take time to remember his lifelong contributions by holding special classes, memorial events and of course, groups performing Kicho hyung Il Bu (Basic Form 1).  And of course, it is never too late to remember our Founder.

If you were not aware, Senior Ko Dan Ja and other Masters put together a timeline of the Founder's history several years ago, that history is available to read,  see and hear on the World Moo Duk Kwan® History site.  Below is the link that will take you to the Founder's timeline page.


We urge everyone, current Country members, Heritage Program members, and anyone who was ever associated with the Moo Duk Kwan® to take a moment to read his history and impact on the martial arts world.

Respectfully remembering our Late Great Grandmaster Kee Hwang, may he continued to rest in eternal peace.

In Moo Do, Forever grateful,

Roberto Bonefont, Sr., Kyo Bom, #13927

World Moo Duk Kwan Asst. Webmaster




  • Roberto Bonefont

    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.

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