History of Oom Yung Doe

History of The School of Oom Yung Doe (Chung Moo Doe)

Prior to any pictures, paintings or drawings all Moo Doe (martial arts) history came from legends. Historically, there are different movements and different legends associated with “Bagwa”. Some people think it was a person. Others believe it is a style of martial art or a figure of a pattern of movement. Some people say that the Bagwa style originated about 200 to 400 years ago. Others argue that it is an ancient martial arts form which dates back several thousand years. The Oom Yung / Chung Moo martial arts follow the legend that Bagwa was the name of a real person and that he was the founder of the Oom Yung / Chung Moo line of martial arts about 1500 to 2000 years ago.

Today, the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe style of Moo Doe (martial arts) is taught in the United States and throughout the world by it’s founder, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. It encompasses all the form and movement of the Oom Yung Doe line of Traditional Moo Doe taught over the centuries since the time of the first generation Grandmaster “Bagwa”. The seventh generation Grandmaster, Wang Po, taught the Oom Yung line of Moo Doe under the given name of Yin Yang Doe. Other styles of East Asian Moo Doe were incorporated into the original Oom Yung / Chung Moo line. Today about twenty percent of the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo 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”.

Throughout history the given names of the different styles of martial arts have changed and the form and movement have been refined. It was also common for each Grandmaster to select a unique name (given name) to distinguish that generation of form and movement from the original.

In the early 1970’s, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim brought the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe line of Traditional Moo Doe to the United States from East Asia.

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In Oom Yung Doe, students learn to: jump, roll, kick, punch, sweep, slide and spin. Agility, timing, flexibility, speed, power, coordination and control are all part of Oom Yung Doe training. The patience, determination and confidence which comes from properly training and successfully developing these skills can benefit the student throughout his or her entire life.
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