The primary Martial Art form taught at Han Dol is Soo Bahk Do (Tang Soo Do) Moo Duk Kwan (手搏道武德館). It is a traditional Korean Martial Art that combines several Martial Arts styles with a 2,000 year-old art form identified in the Muye Dobo Tongji scrolls discovered by Soo Bahk Do's founder, Hwang Kee.
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan 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, written 手搏道, literally meaning “Hand Striking Way,” is the technical aspect of the art, and Moo Duk Kwan, written 武德館, meaning “Institute of Martial Virtue” is the philosophical side. In other words, it is not just techniques of self defense; it is a way of life emphasizing discipline, control of power, and unity of the mind and body.
Soo Bahk Do provides the practitioner with the physical training that allows them to develop both an effective form of self defense as well as a means to develop a strong and healthy body. The physical techniques focus on powerful and effective punching, together with kicking, attacks and counter attacks, which require a high level of physical fitness to execute properly. They relate to those of explosive power, utilizing outward muscular force. In fact, strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and exercise drills are all part of the training process.
This art specializes in developing external energy powerful enough to be able to split wood and break bricks with one strike of their bare hands and feet, as opposed to grappling techniques and wresting moves.
A large part of the physical training focuses on internal techniques which relate to those that utilize greater understanding of body mechanics, coordination, application, and closer control of one's body. Students learn and practice breathing, tension, and relaxation exercises as part of their physical training. These techniques are also used to reduce stress, meditate, increase concentration, and separate from counter-productive thoughts.
Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophy and culture governing the way practitioners of Soo Bahk Do must live their lives. Originally the name given to the first school to teach this martial arts style, it is a brotherhood and school of stopping inner and outer conflict and developing righteousness through Soo Bahk Do training, enforcing discipline and developing character.
Han Dol Martial Arts School is the only martial arts school in New England to teach Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan full time to both children and adults, and its mission is to preserve and expand it. Dedicated to that mission, founders Master Eui Choi and Master Frank Tsai ensure that all classes are taught by world class instructors in a traditional format emphasizing discipline, character development, and meditation contrary to the more commercialized format of some competitors.
In addition to self defense, students take advantage of physical training such as total body conditioning with an aerobic workout, weight control, and improvement in flexibility. Some of the more mental aspects of training include stress management and the building of self-esteem. They learn to live the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan way of life by learning to control power as well as unifying the mind with the body. Located in the STOP N SHOP plaza off Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT, Han Dol conducts classes six days a week during various hours of the day to work around the busy schedules of its students.