Welcome to the Korea Dang Soo Do Association!

The KDA is built on the historic effort to preserve the Korean martial art of Dang (Tang) Soo Do, which has roots in Korea, Okinawa, Japan and China. The preservation of this historic art is the utmost concern of the KDA and we are very excited to share this effort with you.

Due to the political and legal battles, as well as upheaval within the Moo Duk Kwan itself. Much of the martial art of Dang Soo Do has been changed. The Korea Dang Soo Do Association (KDA) has been created to preserve this historical martial art of Korea and to protect it for years to come.

To achieve this, Grandmaster Carlos Alayon went back to the roots and became students the two highest ranked Dang Soo Do practitioners in the world. Grandmaster Kim Yong Duk, Dan #2 (RIP), Grandmaster Choi Hee Suk, Dan #3; As well as the famous Grandmaster Chang Il Do, otherwise known as Bruce Li (RIP) the actor that took over many of Bruce Lee’s films. It is from these gentlemen that the KDA flows forth into the world.

We hope website helps you in your Dang Soo Do Journey. Dang Soo!

COME MAKE HISTORY WITH US!

Grand Master Carlos Alayon was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico on July 13, 1960 and started practicing Dang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan at the age of 13 under the strict guidance of Grand Master Manuel Siverio. Many years of training under Grand Master Siverio ended when he moved to the U.S.A. to start his professional stuntman career. At that moment Grand Master Alayon contacted Grand Master Kim, Chun Sik to join his organization and started practicing under him from the middle of the 1980's until 2001. By the end of year 2001 Grand Master Alayon resigned from the International Tang Soo Do Federation. Afterwards Grand Master Alayon starting traveling to Korea and China to train with many Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters like the Late Great Grand Master Kim Young Duk, Great Grand Master Choi Hee Suk, Grand Master Lee Sang Kyu, Grand Master Hong Jong Kuk (Chang Il Do), Grand Master Choung Koe Woong and Grand Master Kim Ivanhoe. In the year 2003 Grand Master Carlos Alayon was promoted to seventh degree black belt (Chil Dan) by Senior Grand Master Choi Hee Suk, Grand Master Lee Sang Kyu and Grand Master Kim Ivanhoe in Seoul Korea .

On November 1, 2013 Grand Master Carlos Alayon was promoted to eighth degree black belt (Pal Dan) by Senior Grand Master Choi Hee Suk, Grand Master Lee Sang Kyu, Grand Master Hong Jong Kuk and Grand Master Choung Koe Woong in the Korea Moo Duk Kwan H.Q. in Seoul, South Korea.

Grand Master Carlos Alayon won many tournaments and performed many Amazing demonstrations domestically and internationally. He has received many awards like "Instructor of the Year" in 1993 and 1994 by the Korean Martial Arts Organization, inducted in to the "Latin America Martial Arts Hall of Fame" in 1994 as Instructor of the Year and again in the "Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame" in 2014 as The 2014 "Legendary Golden Pioneer" recognizing his 40+ Years of dedication, contribution and service to the Art of Dang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan. He has received many letters of Merit, Commendation and Appreciation from many Grand Masters Like Grand Master Kim Song Ki and Grand Master Kim Chun Sik.

Grandmaster Carlos Alayon was honored to have the opportunity to practice with many Legendary Great Grand Masters like Hwang Kee, Kim Yong Duk, Choi Hee Suk, Kim Song Ki, Shin Jae Chul, Hong Jong Kuk, Kim Chun Sik, Nam Soo Yoo, Choung Koe Woong, Kim Ivanhoe and Hwang In Moo (Hyun Chul Hwang) to name some.

Hwang Kee (Hangul: 황기; Hwang Gi; November 9, 1914 – July 14, 2002) was one of the most important figures in the Korean martial art of Tang (Dang) Soo Do.  He was the founder of Soo Bahk Do and the school of Tang (Dang) Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.

Hwang Kee was born on November 9, 1914 in Jang Dan, Kyong Ki province of Korea, while it was under Japanese occupation. His father was a scholar and teacher, thus Kee was one of the few young men in the province to complete high school in 1935. He first studied martial arts, Soo Bahk and Tae Kyun while in school. Following graduation, he went to work for the Manchurian Railroad, where he claimed to have learned the martial art of Kuk Sool under Chinese Master Ynag Kuk Jin, although some of his peers doubt this assertion. Master Won Kyuk Lee of the Chung Do Kwan, claimed that Kee was a student at his kwan, gaining the equivalent of a green belt. Kee disputed Lee's claim, and acknowledged only Yang Kuk Jin as his teacher. Hwang returned to Korea from China in 1937, he wanted to continue his martial education, but the Japanese occupation limited his options. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, while working for the Cho Sun Rail Way Bureau, he began to study Okinawan Karate by reading books available at the local library.

In 1945, grandmaster Hwang Kee formed his first school. Initially he titled his first school Hwa Soo Do ("Flowering Hand Way") Moo Duk Kwan, and his first two attempts at running a school were unsuccessful. In the early 1950s, he changed the name of his school to Tang (Dang) Soo Moo Duk Kwan because Dang Soo (a direct Korean translation of Chinese and Okinawan/Japanese "Tote/Karate") was more familiar to Koreans from their exposure to Japanese martial arts. Much of the philosophy and many of the original forms (hyung) and techniques were direct expressions of the Okinawan Tote and Japanese Karate.

In 1957, Kee claimed to have made several major discoveries in his reading the four hundred-page woodblock print Muye Dobo Tongji. The Muye Dobo Tongji was a book commissioned in 1790 by King Jeongjo of Korea, which illustrated indigenous Korean martial arts. Hwang Kee incorporated these teachings into his Tang (Dang) Soo Do discipline. By 1953 and onward until 1960, the Moo Duk Kwan had risen to become biggest Moo Do organization in Korea, with close to 75% of all martial artists in Korea practicing Tang (Dang) Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.

Dan Number 3 is the highest Dang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan practitioner in the World.

Under the suppression of Japanese rule for 36 years, Dang Soo Do was in crisis of its termination, but after the Liberation in 1945, Martial Arts practitioners sharing the same intention around the late Kwan Jang Nim, Hwang Kee tried to make ‘The Korean Traditional Martial Art’ grow in Korea, but many groups or schools of the Traditional Martial Art in the midst of the Taekwondo unification joined the sports trend, facing another crisis of being buried in history again. Although I am an old man, over 90 years old, I feel I am a tough Dang Soo Do person, and I am determined to devote my remaining years to the restoration of the Korean Traditional Martial Art of Dang Soo Do.

Dang Soo Do sets the spiritual training, not martial skills as a basic. Whatever the state-nation may be, it is impossible to become a nation of independence without invincible willpower and healthy body. Invincible, healthy willpower becomes the basis of morality. Healthy mentality is really the cornerstone serving to form a right and righteous society.

It’s necessary to establish a Traditional view through the spirit of Dang Soo Do. Now, the high ranking Dan members of Dang Soo Do who will share this will and intention will bind four million or more Dang Soo Do practitioners scattered over the whole world together by making this organization of the Korean Traditional Martial Art of Dang Soo Do.

It is our goal that our authentic, spiritual Martial Art of Dang Soo Do is established as the amazing Martial Art that it is. As Dang Soo Do practitioners, we will passed down these historical roots, and reach this goal.

At the risk of my life, I earnestly promise to inherit and develop our nation’s traditional Martial Art of Dang Soo Do, which is a Martial Art that realizes humanitarianism, and a nation’s precious legacy.

Dan Number 312.  A student of Jeong Suk Kim (Dan # 158), Grandmaster Kim began training in Tang Soo Do in 1951. In 1956 he began teaching and has been dedicated to the growth of the art ever since.

He was instructor of the Korean military army brigade at Osan, Korea in 1957 and later founded the Tang Soo Do School at the US Air Force base, Osan, Korea in March of 1958.

On January 31, 1960 he founded the Tang Soo Do Regional headquarters at Kyoung Ki province of Korea.

Over a thousand of his former students have gone on to become high ranking Masters and Grandmasters around the world. Among those are Grandmaster Mariano Estioko, the second American to ever receive a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and founder of the Western Pacific Tang Soo Do Association, and Grandmaster Chun Sik (C.S.) Kim, founder of the International Tang Soo Do Federation. To see a family tree of Master Instructors that came from Song Ki Kim, CLICK HERE.

  • He is the founder and president of the World Dang Soo Do Union.
  • He has dedicated his life to the teaching of the traditional Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do.
  • He has over 60 years experience of Tang Soo Do. (Dan #312)
  • He started teaching in 1956.
  • He was an Instructor of the Korean military army brigade at Osan, Korea in 1957.
  • He founded the Tang Soo Do School at Osan US Air Force base(K-55) in Korea in March 1958.
  • He founded the Tang Soo Do Regional headquarters at Kyoung Ki province of Korea in January 31, 1960.
  • Over a thousand of his former students have become top Masters and Grand Masters around the world.
  • He is currently the World Dang Soo Do Union President.

 

RIP, 1950 - December 31, 2014

Martial Art Practitioner, Becoming a Movie Actor!

Chang, Il Do is a high ranking member 9th Dan in Dang Soo Do. After learning Dang Soo Do in Cheonan, Chungnam when he was 17 years old, he worked as a martial arts instructor at the US camp at Song Tan, Kyong Ki Do Province. In 1973 when he was discharged from the military, he set up the first martial arts school in the premises of the 8th US Army’s Headquarters, Western people considered him to be “ Lee, So Ryong of Korea.” "Bruce Lee of Korea" 

In the days when a public servant’s month salary was tens of thousands Korean Won, the number of the martial arts school students who paid 6,000 Korean Won a month was as many as 70~80 . Chang, Il Do’s life came to be switched as he went to film auditions. A movie director, who was totally infatuated with Mr. Chang’s thick caterpillar eyebrows and excellent martial arts skills, picked out him as a leading role in the movie. 

Even though his acting in the movie was the first in his life, his appearance fees in the movie was as much as 200,000 Korean Won. In 1976, the film titled “Iljimae”, in which he did a leading role, made a box office hit, attracting as many as 100,000 film audiences only in Seoul. Thanks to “Iljimae” , Mr. Chang was casted for a Korea-Hong Kong joint film. 

Its title was “Three Bandits.” Afterwards, he abandoned the instructorship of martial arts in London, England, and committed himself to martial arts films only. By the way, with the release of the film titles “A Better Tomorrow” in the middle of the ‘80s, all changed. 

Even in the period when almost all people were enthused about bloody movies with a volley of gunfire reminding people of a battlefield, Chang, Il Do was committed to Martial arts and Martial Arts Movies without regard to other genres. Chang, Il Do’s prediction hit the bull’s eyes. In 1991, with the film “Hwang Bi Hong” he imported making a great success, the era of Martial Arts & Martial Art Movies made a comeback. 

Building the foundation for his business after the success of the film ‘Hwang Bi Hong’, Chang, Il Do came forward for “Dang Soo Do Restoration” he harbored in his heart all the time. In 2003, beginning to lay a cornerstone of Dang Soo Do restoration by opening Dang Soo Do English Moo Duk Kwan in Goyang city, Chang, Il Do devoted himself to restoration of Dang Soo Do by selecting the late Founder Hwang, Kee’s students, President the council, Choi, Hee Suk and operator Kim, Yong Duk as an important post holder for Moo Duk Kwan; in addition, taking up the post of secretary general of the Moo Duk Kwan for unity of all Dang Soo Do practitioners, he did training and research of mysterious martial art skills. At present, as a Senior Master of the Korea Dang Soo Do Association, he goes on an overseas business trip to supervise the Dang Soo Do Seminar, Dang Soo Do Belt Screening, and Dang Soo Do demonstrations and competitions, etc. 6 times to 10 times every year. Chang, Il Do’s only aspirations are to prove that “the National Martial Art of Dang Soo Do is the authentic and very best Martial Art of the world, and to set up the Dang Soo Do as the ‘Martial Art for all Korean people’ with the spirit of Dang Soo Do becoming the spiritual basis of the Korean people.

We send our deepest condolences to the family of Chang Il-Do. R.I.P. Chang Il-Do. For Chang’s filmography, go to his page on the Hong Kong Movie Database.

In search of high-rankers in Martial Arts Circles…

  • 1972: National Dang Soo Do (Tae Kwon Do) Champion
  • 1973: Martial Arts Master Instructor at the 8th U.S. Army’s Headquarters in Korea
  • 1976: Made a debut with a leading role in the movie “PungwunIljimae” 
  • 1977: Entered Hong Kong Film Circles
  • 1988~2003: Management Film Import and Film Producer
  • 2004~2012: President of Jayuro Drive-in theater Co.,Ltd. and Royal Cinema Garden Co.,Ltd.
  • 2011: Senior Master of the World Dang Soo Do Union

GM Chang Il Do contributed to the world of sports as an executive director of the Asian Tae Kwon Do Union while doing vigorous activities for movie art & culture promotion as the Paju branch president of the Korea Image Culture Artist Council and the president of Visual Entertainment Complex Promotion Committee. 

Korea Dang Soo Do Association; Moo Duk Kwan
Former Secretary General  Chang, Il Do

First, let me stifle some confusion.  Dang Soo Do and Tang Soo Do are exactly the same thing.  The Korean and Chinese words are exactly the same.  The forms, techniques, history, ranks, etc... are exactly the same.  So why do we at the KDA choose to use a "D" instead of a "T"?

Simple...

The Korean government has gone through a lot of work to romanize it's alphabet, allowing better transliterations of Korean words for Westerners.  A good example of this is shown in Google Translate.  If I were to type in "" the pronunciation shows up below as "dang".  If I were to type in "" the pronunciation shows up below as "tang".  As we all know, the correct way to write Dang Soo Do in Korean is "당수도", not "탕수도".  And therefore, we use the romanization "Dang Soo Do".