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Hwa is the Korean character for flower or the act of blooming. Rang means man, guy.

Hwa rang do is interpreted as "Flower Knights" , "Flower Youths." Or "The way of the Flowering Manhood"

Hwa Rang Do is a Korean martial art which was created by Dr. Joo Bang Lee and his brother, Joo Sang Lee. Hwa Rang Do trains and encourages martial arts techniques, spiritual teaching, educational achievement, and creativity. The term Hwarang does not exactly indicate "youth" or "boys

Hwa Rang Do was named after the Hwarang, a powerful youth association of the Silla kingdom in the Three-Kingdoms period, in what is nowadays Korea. The Hwarang were an order of youths, usually from noble families, who were trained in artistic, educational, and military topics. Even though the administrator and practitioners of Hwa Rang Do claim that their system is inborn from the warfare technique used by the Hwarang, there is a great deal of disagreement among historians regarding whether the Hwarang were mainly a warrior order

The requests and examination of numerous historians question Joo Bang Lee's allegation that Hwa Rang Do is a martial art developed from the fighting practices of an early warrior order. Farther moor question regarding the nature of the Hwarang order itself, it is known that he and his brother were both trained in other martial arts, from which the techniques of Hwa Rang Do could have been.

It is a widespread understanding between martial artists and historians that modern Korean martial arts come from from the martial arts of other countries (mainly Japan) Japan tried to overwrite the native Korean civilization in their occupation of the Korea during WWII. Joo Bang Lee's detractors claim that Hwa Rang Do is a mixture of other, Japan-originated arts. Joo Bang Lee himself stated, in the interview, that in 1961 his own school was indorsed hwa rang do and hapkido. Photographs taken from demonstrations organized by his school in the late 1960's display logos commonly associated with kuk sool won and hapkido.

In Hwa Rang Do, there are over 4,000 techniques, in addition to 108 weapons. In, students are given belt or sashes to indicate their advancement Before first dan (first black), the belt ranks goes from white to half-black: White Sash: Coo Kub (ninth grade)
Orange Sash: Pal Kub (eighth grade
Yellow Sash: Chil Kub (seventh grade)
Green Sash: Yuk Kub (sixth grade)
Purple Sash: Oh Kub (fifth grade)
Blue Sash: Sa Kub (fourth grade)
Brown Sash: Sum Kub (third grade)
Red Sash: E Kub (second grade)
Half-black sash: Il Kub (first grade)
After receiving a black belt sash, a student earns the title of instructor or (Jo Kyo Nim) Moreover, every degree of black belt has its own title. Note that there can only ever be one ninth degree and one tenth degree at any one time
Cho Dan: first degree black
Jo Kyo Nim (Assistant instructor)
E Dan: second degree black belt
Kyo Sa Nim (Instructor)
Sam Dan: third degree black
Sa Bum Nim (Head Instructor)
Sa Dan: fourth degree black belt
Susuk Sa Bum Nim (Chief Instructor)
Oh Dan: fifth degree black
Kwan Jang Nim (Master)
Yuk Dan: sixth degree black
Chil Dan: seventh degree black
Su Suk Kwan Jang Nim (Chief Master)
Pal Dan: eighth degree black
Kuk Sa Nim or Chong Kwan (Grandmaster)
Gu Dan: ninth degree black
Kuk Sun (Head Grandmaster)
Ship Dan: tenth degree black
Do Joo Nim (Supreme Grandmaster)