An Explanation of
Traditional Moo Doe

Oom Yung Doe Grand Master Iron Kim demonstrates Kyong Gong Sul Bope
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Human Body Types and Their Relationship to Moo Doe

There are eight different body types and a correct Hyung (movement) for each body type. If the Hyung doesn't fit the person's body, it will be very difficult to absorb. (For example, if you have size twelve feet, they won't fit into size eight shoes.) Your body will be off-balance and you will be wasting your time.

A student can experience many benefits if the forms and movements taught are balanced. In fact, if the combination of forms and movements are correct for that person's body type, they will know it immediately and will feel comfortable, despite the fact that it may be a strenuous or difficult movement to perform.

Movements must follow the principles of Oom Yung (rhythm and balance). For example, the majority of movement is a combination of hard, soft, slow and fast along with mental concentration. Uncontrolled thrashing movement is just showing off and is fabricated movement, not Moo Doe.

With proper Moo Doe movement, a student can practice strenuously for hours and will not feel tired. Sometimes, to test endurance, a student can practice all night long and still feel energized. Actually, a student should feel energized and refreshed after any proper training session. If they have the opportunity to learn from a true Moo Doe Master, they will not forget the lesson and the Hyung they learn will correctly fit their type of body. Even in large groups, all true Moo Doe movement taught will fit each individual's body. The results will be balanced and correct for the individual. With truly balanced movement, an individual can practice all night, go to work that day, and then come back again that night, practice, and still feel good.

It is not uncommon for the Grandmaster to conduct lessons continuously for 48 hours and still be full of energy. From time to time, he has taught lessons for seven straight days. Some instructors are only able to instruct for three to four days. After seven days of continuous instruction, many students experience tremendous mental and physical benefits. For these benefits, lessons must be traditional martial arts (Chung Doe, foundation of good principles, correct path).

The Eight Different Body Types

A true Master has the ability to teach proper martial arts to each of the following eight different body types that people are born with. The average male is 5'9” to 5'11” in height and weighs 160 to 180 lbs. The average female is 5'3” to 5'7” in height and weighs 115 to 135 lbs.

Hereditary Types:

  1. Tall
  2. Small
  3. Overweight
  4. Thin
  5. Tall and Overweight
  6. Small and Overweight
  7. Tall and Thin
  8. Small and Thin

Non-hereditary or Environmentally Influenced Types:

  1. Very stiff joints and muscles
  2. Very weak

It is possible for individuals of any of the above body types to become true martial arts masters with the proper balance of training, and it would be impossible without it. That is why it is important for someone who wants to learn martial arts to find an instructor who has been taught by the right master. Otherwise, you are building on a weak foundation-one strike and it collapses. If masters cannot interpret and properly train the eight different body types, they are not qualified masters.


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