The name Song Moo Kwan means "The Ever-Youthful House of Martial Arts Training."

The Song-Moo Kwan was founded in Kae Sung City, Kyung Ki Province, Korea, by Ro Byung Jick, on March II, 1944. Like the Chung Do Kwan, this school was actually established prior to the end of Japanese occupation. The original classes of the Kwan were taught at the Kwan Duk Jung School of Archery. Due to the repressive political conditions, the kwan was forced to close its doors a few months later. It was not until May 2, 1946, that Ro could reopen his school in Dong Hung Dong, Kae Sung City, Korea. On June 25, 1950, the Song Moo Kwan again closed its doors, due to the onset of the Korean War. On September 20, 1953, the school was re-established in the Ah Hyung Dong, Mapo Gu district of Seoul. Ro's training in the martial arts began in 1936 in Japan. He studied Shotokan karate alongside Chung Do Kwan founder Lee
Won Kuk, under Shotokan karate's founder, Gichin Funakoshi.

Written by Conrad Howard — November 21, 2012

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