This website is intended to educate students and other interested individuals on the meaning and value of Traditional Moo Doe (martial arts). In this country, many people are confused about martial arts. Some people think that martial arts is simple self defense and some think that it is exercise or simply a way to “get in shape.” Still others think that martial arts is a sport or contest. This is unfortunate since traditional martial arts has far more benefits to offer than merely this.
Traditional Moo Doe has developed over centuries and many generations of individuals have dedicated their lives to finding the best and most correct ways for reaching their fullest potential. This knowledge is highly prized in Asia and a school that can teach correct Moo Doe knowledge is not common nor easy to find. Here in the United States, we have only just begun to understand the depth of true Moo Doe knowledge or how to recognize true Moo Doe ability. The photographs, symbols and explanations that follow are meant to illustrate the strength of the movements and forms. For the student willing to learn and to try, history has proven that the rewards are well worth the effort. It is the extraordinary mental and physical development and the combining of the mind, body and spirit that is Moo Doe. And in truth, what can be more valuable than that type of knowledge?
All the following information is the result of over a quarter of a century of research into the history, legends and traditions of true Moo Doe (martial arts). This research was done by a team of higher level Oom Yung Doe – the Grandmaster “Iron” Kim Style practitioners (8th degree and higher) and has been gathered from what they understand and have personally observed. It is their desire to prevent the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of true Moo Doe and to share what they have learned and gained with all individuals interested in martial arts. They are dedicated to preserving the value of Traditional Moo Doe (martial arts) in the United States so that all others may benefit by developing to their fullest potential.
One of the many personal achievements Grandmaster “Iron” Kim has reached is the Kyong Gong Sul Bope (flying side kick). Pictured above is Grandmaster jumping from the top of a building. A corner of the roof is visible in the lower right corner of the picture (indicated with a white arrow).
In 1970, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim demonstrated Kyong Gong Sul Bope by jumping from the equivalent of an 11-story building. In 1972 Grandmaster “Iron” Kim again demonstrated the Kyong Gong Sul Bope movement by jumping from the equivalent of an 8-story building, landing without injury on a sloped surface below. Performing the Kyong Gong Sul Bope movement is a phenomenal feat, but more important is the tremendous internal power and strength that an individual must possess in order to demonstrate Kyong Gong Sul Bope. Our research has shown that only a small number of people have reached a similar level of achievement. Grandmaster “Iron” Kim has maintained the amazing mental and physical strength needed to execute this movement. Even now, we have no doubt that Grandmaster “Iron” Kim is still capable of precisely demonstrating the Kyong Gong Sul Bope form. He is a living example of the benefits of achieving phenomenal Moo Doe strength.
Grandmaster “Iron” Kim has taught some instructors, with the position of Head National Instructor and higher, the beginning levels of Kyong Gong Sul Bope. They are now capable of jumping and landing from a 2 or 3 story building without injury.
Some higher Moo Doe practitioners throughout history have left behind pictures, paintings and drawings depicting the achievements of their movements. Over the centuries, the names of many of these individuals have been forgotten, but the movement they have left behind will be remembered by many. One of Grandmaster “Iron” Kim’s greatest and most important accomplishments is being achieved through sharing his knowledge which enables hundreds of thousands of people to benefit their daily lives.
Grandmaster “Iron” Kim hopes that others will be able to reach a level of accomplishment greater than he has achieved.
“You can borrow knowledge, but you cannot borrow your mind and body.”