This information is intended as a brief history and basic explanation of the meaning, benefits, forms and movements that compromise Traditional Moo Doe (Martial Arts) as it has been taught and passed down over the centuries. The material presented here has been drawn from "An Explanation of Traditional Moo Doe" First Edition.
History of True Moo Doe Grandmasters
Many believe that the practice of True Moo Doe is the best way to achieve tremendous mental, physical and spiritual strength and well-being. This is one of the main reasons that the practice of Moo Doe in East Asia has been held in such high esteem throughout the centuries. Today there are very few dedicated people who have reached the level of true Grandmaster. These individuals are unique and incomparable in their Moo Doe abilities.
Throughout history, true Moo Doe (Martial Arts) practitioners meticulously followed proper Moo Doe training steps, they have always achieved miraculous long term mental, physical and spiritual strength. Every true Moo Doe Grandmaster has upgraded the Moo Doe training steps to accommodate the different needs of his generation. Upgrading is necessary to maintain the miraculous mental, physical and spiritual strengths achieved by prior generations. In this century, Grandmaster "Iron" Kim has upgraded the training steps, taking 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 changed true Moo Doe principles (Chung Doe, correct path) for any reason. If these principles are altered, you are not practicing true Moo Doe. You will not achieve the miraculous mental, physical and spiritual strength of true Moo Doe. If changed, it would not be any more than basic exercise with minimal health benefit.
History of the School of Oom Yung Doe
Because of the long history of Moo Doe there are many different beliefs and legends associated with its origins. For example, the word "Bagwa (Bagua)," 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. Even the origins of the Bagwa style differ with some saying it originated 200 to 400 years ago and others say that it dates back several thousand years. The Oom Yung style follows the legend that Bagwa was a person's name and that he was founder of the Oom Yung line of martial arts approximately 1500 to 2000 years ago.
The Oom Yung Doe style encompasses all the forms and movements taught over the centuries since the time of the first generation Grandmaster "Bagwa." Other styles of East Asian Moo Doe have been incorporated into the original Oom Yung Doe line. Today, about twenty percent of the Oom Yung 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."