If you've been to Harvest Martial Arts or The Harvest Concept you've most definitely heard someone yell "HAN!"
It's kind of our thing in Han Mu Do, so I wanted to break it down for you.
There are four meanings of the word, "HAN," to the Korean people.
Head or high position. Koreans look for leadership and guidance from the holders of the high position. They are the head of state, head of the family, and teachers. They are regarded as the most important people in the nation.
Big or whole. Each person is considered to be a vital member of the community as a whole. Harmony within the community is very important in the pursuit of happiness for the individual and the country.
Brightness or optimism. To the Koreans this implies peace, cleanliness, and honesty in life. Korean's see the future as optimistic, regardless of the hardships they have faced in their past.
Higher learning. Great value is placed on education and culture. Korean's strive for excellence in learning, whether it is school work, continued education, or martial arts.
So, there you have it.
Stay in the practice of being kind, respectful, positive and never stop learning! Optimism, balance and harmony is the goal.
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