Rupert's Karate Academy
1450 Airport Pulling Road North | Naples, FL 34104 | (239) 537-3573

Soo Bahk Do translates to "the way of the striking hand," but when written in traditional Chinese seal script below, ittranslates to "the method of cultivating the human body." This shows the many benefits for longevity of life that Soo Bahk Do offers. Soo Bahk Do encompasses the physical techniques that we practice.

Soo Bahk Do Seal Script, "The Method of Cultivating the Human Body"

Moo Duk Kwan translates to "The Institute of Martial Virtue." It is the organizational body for Soo Bahk Do, encompassing the philosophical aspects which define our art.

Established on November 9th, 1945 by our late founder, Grandmaster Hwang Kee, following the liberation of Korea from Japan after World War II, his unique art combined kicking from Korean Taekyon, postures and philosophies from Chinese Tai Chi, forms and techniques from Japanese Shotokan, and techniques and philosophies he discovered in the ancient text, "Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji." Moo Duk Kwan (also known as Tang Soo Do at that time) quickly became the most widely practiced and highly revered traditional martial art in Korea.

Despite hardships that befell the Moo Duk Kwan, such as political pressure from the Korean government to unify with Tae Kwon Do, Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee endured and trained diligently, ultimately exporting the Moo Duk Kwan system to the U.S. from 1958 onward through servicemen returning from active duty in Korea. The most famous American promoter of Tang Soo Do in those establishing days was Master Carlos "Chuck" Norris.

Master H.C. Hwang, son of Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee, came to the U.S. in 1974 and became the Chairman of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation's Technical Advisory Committee. Upon his father's death in 2002, he was appointed as the new Kwan Jang Nim of the World Moo Duk Kwan.

Rupert's Karate Academy, also known as the Moo Duk Kwan of Naples, is proud to be member studio #SD-599 of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. For more details on Soo Bahk Do and its history, visit the official Soo Bahk Do website here.

About the Instructor

Master Tim Rupert, 4th Dan

Master Tim Rupert began training in Tang Soo Do on January 29th, 2001, at age nine. Mr. Rupert tested and achieved Cho Dan (First Degree Midnight Blue "Black" Belt) in 2004, Ee Dan (2nd Degree) in 2006, and Sam Dan (3rd Degree) in 2009.

On March 14th, 2011, he became a student of Sa Bom Nim Frank Schermerhorn (Dan #19787) of Winding River Karate Studio in Binghamton, NY, and joined the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. He recertified his Sam Dan ranking in the 128th Dan classing, October 15th, 2011, and was issued Dan #43822 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang. He became Jo Kyo (assistant instructor) and Kyo Sa (instructor) certified in 2012 and 2014, respectively, and tested for Kodanja/ Sa Dan (Master level/4th Degree) in 2015 during the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation's famously grueling eight day test.

Master Rupert established the Moo Duk Kwan of Naples in 2013 in order to spread the art to an area that had not yet been exposed to the life changing art of Soo Bahk Do. Above all else, Master Rupert's singular goal in teaching is to instill the very same joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction of training in his students that he derives from his own Soo Bahk Do training.


Moo Duk Kwan Lineage

"Soo" means Hand, or in this traditional character, "The Human Body." "Bahk" Means "Strike, Pound, Cultivate, or Forge," and references the hard training in which we engage to improve ourselves. "Do," or as pronounced in Chinese "Tao/Dao," is drawn to represent both a head facing a specified direction, or a boat on the water navigating a path.