The practice of true Moo Doe has been proven to be one of the best ways to achieve tremendous mental and physical strength and well-being. This is one of the main reasons that the practice of Moo Doe in East Asia has been highly respected throughout the centuries.
Around the world today, there are only a very few dedicated people that have earned the true position of Grandmaster. These individuals are truly unique. They are incomparable in their Moo Doe abilities. True Grandmasters are very selective as to where and to whom they pass on their knowledge.
Throughout history true Moo Doe practitioners meticulously followed proper Moo Doe training steps. By following the proper steps, they always achieved miraculous long-term mental and physical strength. Throughout the centuries, every true Moo Doe Grandmaster has upgraded the Moo Doe training steps to accommodate the different needs of their generation. Upgrading was necessary to maintain the miraculous mental and physical strengths achieved by prior generations. In this century, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim is upgrading the training steps to take into consideration such things as: current living conditions, modern technology, the constant attack by toxic environmental forces and stress on the mind and body.
True Grandmasters have never waivered from true Moo Doe principles (Chung Doe) for any reason. If true Moo Doe principles are not followed, you are not practicing true Moo Doe. You will not achieve the miraculous mental and physical strength of true Moo Doe because it is not any different than basic exercise with a minimal health benefit. It is a great waste of time. History has proven that the older you get, the more obvious the differences will be between proper and improper training.
As the result of over twenty years of research and study, many higher level students that have practiced the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe style for as long as a quarter century, believe in the origin of the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe line of Masters and Grandmasters. As our research continues and details regarding the history of traditional Moo Doe knowledge and Grandmaster “Iron” Kim are clarified, more will be released through this website and other written material.
The true test of any Moo Doe (martial art) expert’s capability and skill is not in what they say, but rather by what they can show in a demonstration of their movement.
From what we have seen of Grandmaster “Iron” Kim’s demonstration of his Moo Doe movements and from his explanations of Moo Doe moral philosophy, he is a true Grandmaster of traditional Moo Doe.
Chung (Mind) Moo (Body) Doe (Through practice a way to develop harmony). Many Moo Doe experts have had difficulty researching Asian Moo Doe history because much of history of Moo Doe has been passed down from generation to generation through a closely guarded oral tradition. Only a small percentage of what is known about Moo Doe history has come from any written record.
What some historians have discovered about the history of martial arts is from piecing together facts of events depicted in paintings, in murals, on vases and fans, and a rich oral tradition of folklore as well as evidence from architectural ruins, statues and other art forms. Some Moo Doe practitioners believe that Asian art and sculpture, dating back thousands of years, depicts movements from early Moo Doe history.
Although the details of form and movement may be well guarded, history has shown that the greatest results are in the mental and physical development achieved through Moo Doe practice, and how these results tremendously benefit the lives of individuals. It is the strength of Moo Doe that has made many countries in East Asia the tremendous economic and social powers that they are today.
Even in Western culture, many in business and politics study Mushashi’s Book of Five Rings, as a guide to success. Correct Moo Doe practitioners guarded their knowledge as they guarded their honor and name. Choosing the right heir to pass their knowledge to was very important. A good student to a higher Moo Doe practitioner was considered as important as his own life. To leave behind knowledge with the wrong person that could harm others was a disgrace and the same as planting a bad seed that could damage future generations. To leave behind knowledge with the right student was to leave behind a good seed to benefit future generations. This meant the honor and respect of a meaningful life.
Most historians agree that the Bagwa line began sometime during the end of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 228 AD) or the beginning of the Sui-Tang Dynasty (589 – 907). The form taught by the first generation Grand Master was called “Bagwa” after the honored founder of the Chung Moo line. Other names of this line include Bagwa, Goong Bu, Pal Gye Chung, Yin Yang Doe, and Ship Pal Gae. The 7th generation Grand Master Wang Po taught the Chung Moo line of martial arts under the style Yin Yang Doe.
About the time of the 6th or 7th generation Grand Master, other styles of Asian Moo Doe were incorporated into the original Chung Moo Doe line. Today, about 20% of the Chung Moo line is derived from other styles of Asian martial arts.
Throughout the history of almost all of these martial arts the main forms and movement have remained the same. However, over the years it was common for an individual Master to refine form and movements in some of the styles. It was also common for each Master to select a unique name to differentiate that generation of form and movement from the original style.
Over the centuries, a few main styles may have developed a thousand different names to reflect the history and traditions of the people that taught and practiced the style.
– Article courtesy of Grandmaster “Iron” Kim