martial art styles in Korea

Bang Soo Do

Bi Sool

Bool Moo Do


Chung Sim Do

Cireum; Sireum


Han Mu Do

HAN (High) - Hanmudo practitioners set short term, intermediate term and long term goals. The long term goal is to achieve their Black Belt. After goals are set, the practitioner then works diligently to achieve the goal.
han-bigwhleHAN (Wide or Open) - A Hanmudo practitioner trains to have and keep an open mind. They work to help others understand different people and cultures so we may all live in harmony and happiness.
han-brightness HAN (Bright or Optimistic) - A Hanmudo practitioner trains with a strong positive attitude. They strive to face all of their challenges with confidence. They understand that their challenges build strength.

Founder: He-Young Kimm


The way of coordinated power.

Founder: Young Sul Choi

Combat Hapkido 

Hapkido Blend 

Sin Moo Hapkido 

Ho Shin Sool


The way of flowering manhood ...

Tae Soo Do 

Kempo (jujutsu)

Keupso Chirigi

Kong Soo Do

Kuk Sool Won

Founder: In Hyuk Suh

Buldo My Sool 

Koong Joong My Sool 

Sado Mu Soo 

Kum-Do; Ke-Ak Bong; Bong Hee

Kun Gek Do


Sib Pal Gee 


Kwonbop; Kwonpup

Neikya (Sorim) 

Weikya (Songkae) 


Pachigi; Pakchigi


Sui Sa Do

Tae Kwon Do

Do means path or way. Tae indicates kicking and Kwon fist or punch. Thus the way of kicking and punching is the English translation.
Established on April 11 1955.

Founder: Hong Hi Choi

Chang Moo Kwan; Chang Mu Kwan 

Chang-Hon Yu 

Chi Do Kwan 

Chung Do Kwan The Chung Do Kwan (靑濤館; "Blue Wave School") name was first used by Won Kuk Lee. Lee had studied Taekkyon in An Gup Dong[3] (a neighborhood in Seoul), karate with Sensei Gichin Funakoshi in Okinawa, and kung fu at centers in Henan and Shanghai in China. Lee earned dan ranking in Shotokan karate. According to Grandmaster Yong Taek Chung (a student of Lee) "it is probable that he did practice in secret as a teenager because he told this author that when he first started training he and his first teachers would not exchange names due to possible consequences if someone got caught." Chung Do Kwan was the oldest of the martial arts schools, or "kwans", that were established following the Japanese Occupation of Korea.
Lee trained under Gichin Funakoshi Sensei at Chuo University in Japan. Lee also traveled to China and Okinawa, studying martial arts technique, history, and philosophy. According to Won Kuk Lee interview, the main differences among Korean style Tang Soo Do, Karate, and Kung Fu were in how pressure points were used and attacked.[4]
The belt system of the Chung Do Kwan under Lee was as follows: White (8th-5th Guep), Red (4th-1st Guep)and Black (1st to 7th Dan). Testing occurred every six months and students would jump two guep levels per test (8th to 6th guep for example). The reason for this was that many Koreans at that time were poor and could not afford frequent testings.

Chung Yung Kwan 

Gedo Kwan; Ge Do Kwan 

Han Mu Kwan; Han Moo Kwan 

Hwa Rang Kwan 

Ji Do Kwan; Jee Do Kwan 

Jung Do Kwan 

Kang Duk Kwan 

Kook Moo Kwan 

Moo Duk Kwan 

Moon Mu Kwan 

Oh Do Kwan; O Do Kwan 

Song Moo Kwan; Sang Moo Kwan 

Yun Moo Kwan 

Tae Kwon; Tae Kwonpup

Tae Kyon

Taekkyeon is the traditional military Korean martial art from the Joseon Dynasty. Taekkyeon is also frequently romanized informally as Taekgyeon, Taekkyon, or Taekyun.

Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do (Hangul: 당수도, pronounced [taŋsʰudo]) is a Korean martial art incorporating fighting principles from subak (as described in the Kwon Bup Chong Do), as well as northern Chinese kung fu.[1] The techniques of what is commonly known as Tang Soo Do combine elements of shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu.

Founder: Hwang Kee

Tang Soo Do-Moo Duk Kwan


Teukgong Moosool

Special Attack Military Art

Yu Kwon Sool

Yu-Sool; Yusul


Chung Tong Yudo Original Style of Judo

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