What is Soo Bahk Do?
What is Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan?
First it is important to understand that Soo Bahk Do is the Art and Moo Duk Kwan is the style. Soo Bahk Do is the technical side, and the Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophical side of "Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan." The name "Bahk" originated in the age of Chun Chu (2700 years ago) according to the Moo Yei Dobo Tong Ji, which is one of the oldest records of Korea's martial arts. Soo Bahk Do (combat with bare hands and feet) is the only Korean martial art handed down from the Ko Ku Ryo Dynasty, thereby making it the oldest Korean martial art (approx. 2,000 years old)
Martinov Five Principles
I had the distinct honor and privilege to act as one of two Regional Examiners for Region 9 between 2006- 2012. With Mahony SBN, we developed teaching concepts that were important for the membership. In order to teach a class, or clinic, there must always be a guiding light for both the theme and the emphasis for training. Though these ideas were usually provided to me by Jang SBN, or Messersmith SBN, the overarching theme always followed Martinov Sa Bom Nim’s five basic training principles: (from right to left) Direction; Movement; Penetration; Power; and Awareness.
What is Edelweiss?
Where does the term ‘Edelweiss’ come from? In German, it means ‘noble white’, which refers to the white Do Bok (uniform) as worn during the Ko Ku Ryu Dynasty more than 2000 years ago.