More information on Bagwa Chung from the Oom Yung Doe student handbook
Bagwa as a martial art is based on the theory of continuous change
in response to a given situation. It is an internal form of Traditional
Moo Doe that sharpens reflexes and cultivates the understanding
of one's mind and body. Just as Feng Shui is used as a tool to enhance
positive Chi (energy) throughout one's home, Bagwa - through movement
- focuses the positive Chi within the body, redirecting and removing
the negative Chi, harmonizing one's mind and body.
Bagwa movements, when done correctly, balance and center one's Chi.
Also, through proper training an individual is capable of properly
directing their Chi. However, if done incorrectly the individual
may improperly direct their Chi to only certain parts of their body,
resulting in an imbalance of Chi, ultimately adversely affecting
their body shape. Bagwa is a powerful way to increase one's Nae
Gong, (powerful internal strength). Certain masters of Traditional
Moo Doe use Be Bang (secret herbal formulas) to accelerate their
Bagwa development, quickly balance their Chi, increase their Nae
Gong, and quickly balance their mind, body and spirit.
One of the most important keys to attaining the deeper benefits
of Bagwa is through practicing proper traditional training methods
that are passed down by true Traditional Moo Doe Masters who teach
Bagwa based on your particular body type. There are many theories
and discussions relating to the origin, history and validity of
various Bagwa styles. In fact, the validity of any style is based
on whether or not the style teaches proper training methods, and
whether or not the capability of the master is evident in his or
her ability to demonstrate their skills.
Legend has it that some Masters never passed down their knowledge
of Bagwa at all, while others continued to develop their skill and
ability of Bagwa and secretly passed that knowledge down within
their own family line over generations. It is believed that the
knowledge of Bagwa movement was secretly passed through generations
of family lines for centuries until just a few hundred years ago,
when it became more openly taught to the public.
Bagwa Walk is a special, circular walking position derived from
the movements of various animals. The Oom Yung line of Bagwa consists
of 360 techniques that encompass many different offensive and defensive
positions. Bagwa training enables you to move your body like a coiled
spring, smoothly and lightly, but with tremendous speed and power.
This form includes offensive and defensive movements that develop
both internal and external strength. Some of the benefits of Bagwa
include: agility, combined with speed and power; improved offensive
and defensive capabilities; tremendous internal and external strength;
a stronger immune system; a youthful condition; longevity; increased
chi; and, the development of Nae Gong.