Who We Are

photo of the Rouleau Holley's Martial Arts organization

The Rouleau • Holley's Organization

The Rouleau • Holley's Organization is made up of schools from across New Hampshire and Vermont. Our primary schools are Rouleau-Holley's Tae Kwon do in Brattleboro, VT and R&H Tae Kwon Do, in Keene, NH.

Our affiliated schools include Alexander's Tae Kwon Do, Kenny's Tae Kwon Do & Riggs • Mahurin Tae Kwon Do. The organization was started by Grand Master Ed Budd, a student of Grand Master "Tiger" George Funny.

Our organization is also responsible for the I.P.P.O.N.E. and Twin State Martial Arts Association competition circuits as well as a Summer "Karate Camp," held each year in New Hampshire.

Our Art

We teach Moo Duk Kwan style Tae Kwon Do. This is a Korean Martial Art founded by Hwang Kee in 1945, after the end of Japanese occupation in Korea. It has roots in Chinese and Japanese arts, as well as the ancient Korean arts of Taekyon and Subak. It is related to the other Moo Duk Kwan arts, such as Soo Bahk Do and Tang Soo Do.

At Rouleau-Holley's, we combine traditional and sport techniques in a modern and fun environment. This gives our students the ability to improve their physical fitness, focus, confidence and build self-discipline.

Students learn not only to defend themselves by mastering a wide array of kicks, punches and blocks, but they also learn valuable life-skills such as teamwork, goal setting, perseverance and a strong work ethic.

Tae Kwon Do written in Chinese and Korean characters

Definition of Tae Kwon Do

Literally translated, the Korean word "Tae" means to kick or squash with the foot. "Kwon" implies a hand or fist to block, punch or strike. "Do" denotes an art or way, thus Tae Kwon Do means "The art of kicking, blocking and punching."

Moo Duk Kwan written in Chinese and Korean characters

Definition of Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is the "School of Martial Virtue." The word "Moo" means military, chivalry, martial. "Duk" refers to benevolence, virtue, goodness and commanding respect. "Kwan" is a large building, palace or library.

the Moo Duk Kwan club emblem

The Club Emblem

The fourteen laurel leaves on each side represent the fourteen States of Korea and the Advancement of Peace.

The three seeds joined to the laurel leaves on each side of the emblem represent "The Three Thousand Li" (the distance running north to south) of the "Land of the Morning Calm" and its success.

The six seeds in total indicate the world and represent the six continents.

The fist represents Tae Kwon Do and Justice.

The Korean character in the center of the circle means Moo Duk Kwan.

The character on the left is "Tae" and on the right "Kwon."

The deep blue color (in modern times often replaced with black) represents the three oceans and the Black Belts.

As a whole, the emblem symbolizes the spreading of Moo Duk Kwan throughout the fourteen states (i.e. all of Korea) and then across the oceans to the six continents of the world. Moo Duk Kwan as an international institution is to achieve the objectives of peace and human advancement as the emblem symbolizes.

the Korean flag, Tae Kook

The Korean Flag

The flag of "Tae Kook" is the Korean flag. "Tae Kook" means "the origin of all things in the universe." The circle in the center of the flag is divided into portions of red and blue by a horizontal "S" line. These red and blue portions symbolize the "Um and Yang" theory of eternal duality, which exists within nature (e.g. heaven and earth; light and darkness; hot and cold; being and not being, etc.). In science, this theory can be represented with the symbols "+" and "-". These dualities exist as a principle of the universe.

The four "Gye" (bar designs) in the corners of the flag are based on the Um and Yang principle of light and darkness. The locations of these Gye represent the four points of the compass. Ee-Gye, in the lower left corner, indicates dawn and early sunlight as the sun rises in the east. Kun-Gye, in the upper left corner, represents bright sunlight when the sun is in the south. Kam-Gye, in the upper right corner, symbolizes twilight as the sun moves to the west. Kon-Gye, in the lower right corner, indicates total darkness when the sun is in the north. Together these symbols express the mysteries of the universe.

What Bowing Is and Why We Do It

The bow is done to show humility. In addition, it serves as a sign of mutual respect between instructors and students and between practitioners and opponents. If you were to compare the Asian bow to a Western tradition, it would most closely represent the handshake.

When Do We Bow?

We bow to our instructors to show our respect and gratitude for their teachings. Bowing should be done between students before and after any partner drills or sparring matches. This shows your respect for your partner and what you may learn from each other. You should bow when you enter the dojang as a sign of respect for the rules of your dojang and you should bow as you leave the dojang. This signifies that your day's training is done.

illustration of two martial artists bowing to each other

Join the Rouleau-Holley's Team!

For information on joining our program, or to get information on our latest New Student Specials, email us at drouleau1@comcast.net

Our Locations

Brattleboro, Vermont

55 Marlboro Road