Hee Ro in Song Moo Kwan Original School Seoul, Korea
History of the World Martial Arts Center

Welcome to the World Martial Arts Center. Founded as the 'Karate Center' by Grandmaster Jay Hyon, one of the original Tae Kwon Do pioneers to come to the United States from Korea.

Since being founded in 1965, the World Martial Arts Center has promoted hundreds of men and women to the rank of Black Belt, and has been the source of more Instructors and Martial Arts schools in the Midwest than any other school.

In 1976, Grandmaster Hee Ro took over the operation of the school.

As the US Headquarters of Song Moo Kwan, the original Korean Kwan we proudly bear the responsibility of providing the highest quality martial arts training to all, regardless of age, race, religion, creed, financial status or disability. We strive to provide a uniform rank promotion system and to serve as the leading resource to the global martial arts community in business and training standards, carrying forth the spirit of Song Moo Kwan for generations to come.

Modern Standards with an Eye of Tradition

In 2005, Mr. Patrick Carey and Steve Wankewycz joined Grandmaster Ro in the operation of the World Martial Arts Center which they kicked off with a major remodeling and expansion of the facility, converting from a classic "dungeon dojang" to a bright, clean modern facility. They have also added the popular "Juniors" Taekwondo program and expanded the Shaolin Kung Fu program, including the Shaolin Bootcamp training with Shaolin monks in China each summer.

As shown by these upgrades. our consistent mission is to provide the highest caliber of traditional martial arts training to our students, mindful of the vision, spirit and integrity of the founder of Song Moo Kwan and Martial Arts Pioneer, Supreme Grandmaster Byung Jick Ro.