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What is Han Mu Do?

Han Mu Do is a martial arts balanced system.

  • The balance between non-weapon and weapon techniques.

  • The balance between external physical techniques and internal Ki techniques.

  • The balance between physical training, philosophical/mental, and spiritual training.

  • The balance between left side and right side techniques.

  • The balance between tradition and having an open mind.

Here's what Dr. Kimm has to say about Han Mu Do:

What is HANMUDO: The way of Korean Martial Arts, a comprehensive Adult martial arts system comprising of the study of empty hand techniques, weapons, internal energy, martial arts philosophy. The physical benefits of Hanmudo training in our adult martial arts are Power, speed, agility, flexibility, and core strength. Weight loss and cardiovascular fitness are all easily achieved through the martial arts. You will learn kicks, punches, blocks, sweeps, throwing techniques, joint locking techniques, pressure point techniques, holding, and choking techniques. Hanmudo teaches you how to use your opponent’s power against himself. In some of the adult martial arts programs, smaller person would face some major difficulties when they are against a bigger size person. But because we have Hanmudo as our adult martial arts program, then our smaller size students have a better chance defending against a bigger size person. You will learn about Ki (internal energy) which is a vital component of the Han Mu Do System. You will learn breathing exercises to stimulate the flow of Ki through the body. This will help you learn how to cultivate and accumulate Ki energy and also to control the circulation of Ki through the body. You will also gain life-changing mental skills including discipline, perseverance, and confidence. In all areas of life, success depends upon the ability to set a goal, believe in yourself, and then work hard under difficult circumstances. It is precisely these abilities that we focus on in our Hanmudo training programs. A person trained in Hanmudo is one who faces life’s challenges with poise and energy. This is an empowered person who plays an active role in shaping their own destiny. Hanmudo training is not just a fitness routine. It is a path toward comprehensive health–healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit, healthy life. That’s what makes Hanmudo classes a workout unlike any other. Han means Korea (nation of optimism) and Mu Do means Martial Arts. Therefore, Han Mu Do translates to Korean Martial Arts. This system was founded by Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm in 1989. Han Mu Do is registered with the Korean Government as a recognized style of Korean martial arts. (Registered Number 534) WHY WAS HANMUDO ORGANISED? Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm , 10th Dan, is the Founder of Han Mu Do. He is also a 10th Dan Hapkido, 9th Dan Judo, 8th Dan Kuk Sool Won. During his forty years of training and research in numerous styles of Korean martial arts, he found the strength and weaknesses of these arts. Most modern Korean martial arts were founded during the 1950’s to fit the needs of that generation in Korea. For example, Korean self-defense emphasized defense against wrist, clothes, and body seizes. The reason for this was before opponents engaged in fighting, the attacker would grab the wrist, clothes, or body of his opponent and then either push, pull, punch, or kick and then throw. Since then, instead of grabbing first, the fighting pattern has changed and now an attacker also has the option of kicking or punching first. Therefore, Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm felt that a need for a balance between defences against wrist, clothes and/or body seizes were needed with punches and kicks. Another reason that Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm created the Han Mu Do system was because since the 1950’s, more traditional self-defence techniques were discovered by various masters and new innovative techniques were added as part of the Korean self-defence system. The traditional techniques and new innovative techniques deserve to be part of the Korean self-defence system today. Thirdly, since 1962, Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm has been collecting historical material and conducting interviews and research on Korean martial arts. Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm has met hundreds of Korean martial arts masters from many different styles of martial arts including Tae Kyun, Soo Byuk Ta, Yu Do, Yu Sul, Tae Kwon Do, Kum Do, Kum Sool, Kung Do, Kung Sul, Hapkido, Kuk Sool, Ship Phal Ki, and Son Do Sul. Grandmaster Dr. He-Young Kimm not only verbally interviewed masters of these styles of martial arts, but also trained under many of them in order to understand the technical aspects of their respective arts as well as the theoretical and historical backgrounds. Please check out the following Q & A: Q. Will I fight anyone? A. What we have is called sparring and it is not a fight. Sparring is for those who want to try it. You don’t have to try it if you don’t want to. Sparring is controlled and we don’t let anyone try it if we think he/she doesn’t have control. Q. Will I get hurt? A. As you know injuries can happen in any physical activity, but our injury rate practicing Hanmudo is very low. We have seen people get injured more at playing sports like Soccer, Netball, and Football. Q. Does it matter if I’m a slow learner or uncoordinated? A. You should consider this program as a journey not a race. This is an individual program not a team sport. Everyone will learn at their pace. So it doesn’t matter if you are slow as your speed of learning won’t stop anyone’s progress. Just have fun and learn as much as you can. Q. What if I have a medical condition? A. You need to ask your doctor first if you can take part in Hanmudo training with your medical condition. If your doctor says it is ok to train Hanmudo, then you need to also let your instructor know about your condition

It takes 3-4 years for students to progress to black belt. During this time students will be learning the practical self-defense techniques and forms, training with their classmates, and learning about the sword and staff. Students have the opportunity to attend seminars and learn from Grand Masters, compete in tournaments, and develop lasting friendships that encourage the lifelong journey.

The physical aspect of classes is important in developing that balance, but the lessons learned from Korean traditional values and philosophies helps to provide a lifestyle change of learning and growth.

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