Classes are led by Master Roger Engle. Master Engle is an 8th Degree Grandmaster in Moo Duk Kwan. Master Engle has been Sensei at Engle Karate for GEARS since the early 80's.
Congratulations to our most recent belt promotions!Master Roger Engle - 8th Dan GrandmasterMrs. Heidi Hinkle - 2nd Dan BlackRogan - Blue Belt
Master Engle has participated in numerous Karate Tournaments and Karate Demonstrations over the past 30 years, continually educating and raising the awareness of many to the benefits and beauty of the Martial Arts.Some benefits include increased coordination, physical conditioning, self-confidence, focus and being able to defend ones self.Master Engle enjoys watching students grow in the art as he trains right along side them. Master Engle is an inspiration to his students and is often heard saying he learns something new in the art everyday.
Belt Ranking SystemThe Belt Ranking system allows the student to claim recognition in the required skills to acheive that rank, but also gives the students goals in which to nurture their skills to become better Martial Artists. The Belt system is broken down into 5 color ranks and multiple black belt ranks and skill requirements as follows:White Belt - BeginnerYellow (Advanced Beginner) - Kata Requirements: Keecho Hyung Il Boo, Keecho Hyung Ee Boo, Keecho Hyung Sam Boo. Other Requirements: Adv. Basic Sparring Techniques, Adv. Basic One-Step Sparring Techniques.Green (Intermediate) - Kata Requirements: Pyung Ahn Cho Dan, Engle 1. Other Requirements: Intermediate Sparring Techniques, Intermediate One-Step Sparring Techniques.Blue (Advanced Intermediate) - Kata Requirements: Pyung Ahn Ee Dan, Pyung Ahn Sam Dan. Other Requirements: Adv. Intermediate Sparring Techniques, Adv. Intermediate One-Step Sparring Techniques.Brown (Advanced Pre-Black) - Kata Requirements: Pyung Ahn Sah Dan, Pyung Ahn Oh Dan. Other Requirements: Pre-Black Sparring Techniques, Pre-Black One-Step Sparring Techniques.Black (1st Dan Advanced) - Kata Requirements: Bassai. Other Requirements: Black Belt Sparring Techniques, Black Belt One- Step Sparring Techniques, Adv. Knife and Club Defense techniques.
What is Moo Duk Kwan
Refer to the Moo Duk Kwan symbol on right.MOO - military, chivalry, martial; within the ideograph the inner part of the symbol is the word for “stop” and the outer part means “weapon”.DUK - benevolence, virtue, goodness, commanding respect; within the ideograph on the left it means “little steps” or “to happen”, and on the right the character means “moral” thus moral steps or perhaps virtuous conduct.KWAN - large building, palace, library; again within the ideograph the left part looks like a roofed building and technically means “to eat” (under a roof).
Training at Engle Karate is both strenuous and rewarding. Master Engle is tops at communicating and demonstrating technique. Training is practiced at a theoretical and practical level, utilizing training apparatus as required (E.G. Heavy Bags, Focus Pads, etc..). You will learn many techniques from beginner to expert in a very structured but non restrictive way. Engle Karate is the best way to learn focus, attentiveness, and self-control.
History of Moo Duk Kwan
Moo Duk Kwan is split into two groups. One is Soo Bahk Do, formerly Tang Soo Do, and earlier Hwa Soo Do. The other is Tae Kwon Do / Moo Duk Kwan. Moo Duk Kwan was founded by Grand Master Hwang Kee, November 9, 1945. Moo Duk Kwan merged together with eight other Kwans to form Tae Kwan Do.The late Hwang Kee officially changed the name of the art of the Moo Duk Kwan style to Soo Bahk Do as early as 1957, shortly after his discovery of Korea's indigenous open hand fighting style of Subak. This change was officially registered, and Moo Duk Kwan refiled with the Korean Ministry of Education on June 30, 1960. The organization was officially reincorporated as the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association, Moo Duk Kwan.