History of The School of Oom Yung Doe
(Chung Moo Doe)
Because of the long history of Moo Doe (Martial Arts), there are many different beliefs and legends associated with its origins. For example, there are different movements and different legends associated with the word or name “Bagwa.” Some say it is a person’s name; some say it is a style of martial arts; and some say it is a figure or pattern of movement. Some people say that the Bagwa style originated about 200 to 400 years ago. Others say that it dates back several thousand years. The Oom Yung / Chung Moo style follows the legend that Bagwa was a person’s name, and that he was the founder of the Oom Yung / Chung Moo line of martial arts about 1500 to 2000 years ago.
The Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe style of Moo Doe is taught in the United States and throughout the world today by its founder, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. It encompasses all the form and movement of the Oom Yung Doe line of Moo Doe, taught over the centuries, since the time of the first generation Grandmaster “Bagwa.” The seventh generation Grandmaster Wang Po taught the Oom Yung line of martial arts under the given name of Yin Yang Doe.
Other styles of East Asian Moo Doe have been incorporated into the original Oom Yung / Chung Moo line. Today, about twenty percent of the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe style is derived from other styles of East Asian Martial Arts and has come to be known as “Eight Martial Arts taught as One,” or “All Martial Arts United.”
Throughout history, the given names of the different styles of martial arts have changed, and the form and movement have been refined. It is also common for each Grandmaster to select a unique name (given name) to distinguish that generation of form and movement from the previous.
In the early 1970s, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim brought the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe line of martial arts to the United States from East Asia.