An Explanation of
Traditional Moo Doe

Oom Yung Doe Grand Master Iron Kim demonstrates Kyong Gong Sul Bope
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True Martial Arts Movement vs. Fabricated Movement

The True Martial Arts

There are two types of instructors. The first are those who have taken training in teaching skills. They are continuously learning-if you are not learning how can you teach? The other type of instructors are those who only learned as pupils and have not learned proper teaching methods. Because they have no real system of training, they are the ones who most often teach fabricated movement. The right type of instructor, like the right type of doctor, can immediately tell what should be prescribed, and will be able to teach that proper movement. Students will feel the influence and effects of a correct Moo Doe Hyung (movement) immediately. If students feel they are stuck, or not going forward, it's time to check their practice regime. It is probably off-balance.

Traditional Moo Doe instructors, 5th degree or above, who have had proper advanced training from a qualified Master, know how to use the correct steps in conjunction with the right herb formula, and proper equipment to achieve a higher level of skill. In addition, these instructors, with proper advanced training, will quickly see what movements are needed to match a specific body type. Such instructors do not mix their practice steps with fabricated movement. They understand that without the use of appropriate Moo Doe practice equipment and specific herbs, attempting special advanced practice is no better than beating yourself up.

To aid in the development of the various muscle groups, an advanced (5th degree or higher) Moo Doe instructor will have thirty-eight different types of Moo Doe practice equipment. Each body type requires different equipment for maximum development; and each individual will use between 15% and 35% of the total available equipment. Advanced Moo Doe programs are as follows: 2nd degree and higher is the HA level; 5th degree and higher is the YE level; and 8th degree and higher is the CHUNG level.

A good foundation is absolutely necessary for improvement in Moo Doe. In order to progress up through the belts, each new Moo Doe program must be properly learned in order for the overall progression to be correct. This is not of great concern up to the 4th section, but becomes more critical in the 5th and 6th sections. After 1st Degree Black Belt, this foundation is absolutely necessary. Moo Doe is the unifier of many parts, like building blocks; and unless learned correctly, they are merely fabricated, and therefore weak. Learning improper martial arts is like building the foundation for a house on sand. Someone who wants to learn all the Moo Doe programs must have the right foundation for each program before starting a new and higher program. You must finish one program before going on to the next, or your movement will become fabricated. Once you complete one Moo Doe program, under an advanced (5th degree or higher) true Moo Doe instructor, it is easy to perform other styles of martial arts, because with the right foundation the mind and body work as one.

Without a correct foundation it is better to remain on your current program rather than learning new movement. With a correct foundation, you should feel a big difference in the body in less than a month. The mind and body must be combined and act as one. This principle follows human development. For example, a baby is born with flexibility, then develops coordination, and then gradually builds strength. With strength, speed follows until everything comes together as one in the baby's body. As most people get older, they begin to lose these natural attributes; but with proper Moo Doe training, what was lost can be rebuilt. There is historical evidence that this can be achieved through Oom Yung Doe.

Once these natural attributes are rebuilt, the student-even in the “golden years”-will be able to progress and to develop great internal and external strength. As you learn to tap into your inner spirit, you will find that your body can do much more than you had imagined possible. Moo Doe has always been known for its ability to reach the higher spiritual side, in combination with the development of the body. If a system does not stress these things, then it is not Moo Doe, only simple self-defense and exercise.

Higher practitioners of true Moo Doe must prove themselves by their level of skill. Age ceases to be a factor. As skills increase, likewise reflexes, mental sharpness, memory, flexibility, coordination, strength and speed are proportionately enhanced. As a result, higher practitioners are living lives much younger than their chronological age. This is one of the many reasons that, over the centuries, an increasing number people have sought to learn true Moo Doe.

Fabricated Movement

True Martial Arts movement has been developed over the centuries from countless hours of practice that generations of Masters have undergone. Because of this, to this day, True Moo Doe is acknowledged as an art of incredible depth gained from these Masters throughout history.

Unfortunately, in the United States today, there are many schools teaching fabricated movement (made up by the instructor or mixed with exercises and athletics). These forms are not tested or proven to be of any positive benefit. In fact, no matter how long you exercise with fabricated movement, you will only develop partially-and in many cases cause injury or unbalanced development. You will begin to lose strength by your mid-forties. It must be true Moo Doe practice, or you will never achieve the unity of body, mind and spirit.

Fabricated movement is no different than experimenting on someone. In actual circumstances, 90% of offense and defense is ineffective, and the remaining 10% is just luck. In a real-life situation, where you would have to defend yourself, you would be ineffective and at great risk of injury.

Though these schools may attract students by offering to charge less than what more reputable schools charge; no matter what they claim, the result remains experimental. The student is not learning true Moo Doe. Someone who teaches fabricated movement should have to pay a fee to those they experiment on, not the other way around! There are many individuals that have been damaged by such instruction, but were never compensated for their injuries and the wasted time. Here are some of the sources of fabricated movement:

  • An instructor taking forms or movements from many different martial arts styles and trying to join them into one (unbalanced martial art style).
  • Mixing styles, causing movement to be performed only in part without proper combination.
  • Practicing hard movement with improper body position.
  • Not coordinating total body movement (eyes, hands, feet) with proper breathing.
Fabricated movement throws the body system off-balance, making it harder to operate smoothly. This results in improper and unbalanced development-even though the individual may practice diligently. It also causes the body to develop serious problems, some of which are:
  • Acceleration of the aging process (encourages premature aging).
  • Placing bones at risk from shock and damage.
  • Potential muscle injury (tearing), ligament separation, etc.
  • Shock, causing cellular damage (rupturing of cells).
  • Shortage of oxygen, allowing increased free radicals that weaken internal organs (especially the heart and liver).
  • Increased susceptibility to illness, and increased infections assaulting the body, due to a weakened immune system.
  • Increased internal bruising throughout the body.

It is common for individuals with prior non-traditional training (fabricated movement) to have more difficulty learning and absorbing traditional Moo Doe movement than if they hadn't ever trained. Students practicing fabricated movement, may not even realize their lack of improvement, nor the future side effects they are creating. However, they can begin to progress as soon as the body is brought into balance with the proper instruction. It is also important to realize that practicing correctly in traditional Moo Doe, 1st degree and higher practitioners should continually show marked improvement.


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