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, a variety of different movements and legends were associated with something called “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 origins were from 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 officially 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 its founder, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. This style compiles all the forms and movements 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 forms and movements 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 1970s, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim brought the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe line of Traditional Moo Doe to the United States from East Asia.

True Moo Doe Grandmasters

The practice of true Moo Doe has been proven to be one of the best ways to achieve tremendous mental and physical strength, as well as overall 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 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 wavered 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.

True Martial Arts Movement and Fabricated Movement

Oom Yung Doe training has been developed, practiced and proven over the centuries. Unfortunately, in the United States today, there are many schools teaching fabricated movement (movement or forms made up by the instructor or mixed with exercises and athletics). These forms are not tested or proven to be of any positive benefit. In fact, with fabricated movement, no matter how long you exercise, you will only develop partially and in many cases the result can be damage or unbalanced development. You will begin to lose strength by your mid-forties. Without true Moo Doe practice, you will never achieve the combining of body, mind and spirit. Fabricated movement is no different than experimental movement and in actual circumstances 90% of offense and defense is ineffective. The remaining 10% is just luck. You will end up hurt. Though these schools may attract students by offering to charge less than what more reputable schools charge, no matter what they claim the result remains experimental. The student is not learning true Moo Doe. Someone who teaches fabricated (experimented) movement should have to pay those they experiment on, not the other way around. There are many individuals that have been damaged by such instruction, but were never compensated for their injuries or the wasted time.

Here are some of the causes of fabricated movement:

  • When an Instructor who takes from many different martial arts styles trying to join them into one (unbalanced martial art style).
  • When styles are mixed, one does movement only in part without proper combination.
  • Practicing hard movement with no balance (not proper position).
  • Total body movement (eyes, hands, feet) not coordinated with proper breathing.
  • Incorrect breathing techniques with practice of specific movements.

It is common to see individuals with past experience in non-traditional fabricated movement have more difficultly learning and absorbing traditional Moo Doe movement. As soon as the body is brought into balance with the proper movements, then they can begin to progress. Also it is important to realize that unlike fabricated movement, practicing correctly for 1st degree level practitioners and up, improvement shows quickly. Students practicing fabricated movement, not realizing improvement, don’t realize they are suffering.

There are two types of instructors. The first, are those who have taken training in how to teach. They are continuously learning. If you are not learning how can you teach? The other type of instructors are the ones who only learned as pupils. Because they have no real system of training, they are the ones who most often teach fabricated movement. The right type of instructor, like the right type of doctor, can immediately tell what should be prescribed and will be able to teach that proper movement. Students will feel the influence and effects of a correct Moo Doe hyung (movement) immediately. In the event a student feels like he or she is stuck, or not going forward, it’s time to check their practice regime. They are probably off balance.

Some prospective students may think that Moo Doe is for daily health. It is not. Only the beginning part of Moo Doe is needed for the health benefit. It is proven by Moo Doe history that the benefits go much deeper. The greatest benefits are the physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Health benefits should be a small part of a belt system, but are not necessary for a belt system. Many other martial arts schools teaching fabricated movement promise health benefits while still promoting the belt system. These schools devalue the Moo Doe reputation and confuse someone interested in martial arts. Moo Doe is Moo Doe and exercise is exercise. They are not one in the same. Exercise can not be compared with Moo Doe hyung (movement). Comparing Moo Doe to exercise makes as much sense as diving into the deep end of a swimming pool without water.

Foolish is the person who believes true Moo Doe to be only movement with concentration. Movement with emphasis centered in the external is only for the basic beginner. As learning progresses, while maintaining external excellence, emphasis should shift to focus on the vitally important and much more powerful internal strength.

True Moo Doe’s roots are firmly anchored in the internal power of spiritually guided Chung Doe (1) . This power gives the body miraculous strength and longevity. You can borrow knowledge … you cannot borrow another body. True Moo Doe teachers with their inner spiritual strength can become beacons of light and hope in a world which today has so many millions suffering in great need. This is the Chung Doe of true Moo Doe.
In the end, it is the students’ choice. But most important is to remember you only have one mind and one body-you can either damage it or improve it. It’s up to you.

Traditional Moo Doe Morals

Two Ways to Recognize Knowledge

Knowledge can be copied and memorized or knowledge can be absorbed for full understanding.

Absorbed Knowledge

Is understanding principles and fitting them into your daily life.

Copied Knowledge

Is repeating facts or someone else’s idea without fully understanding the meaning.

Absorbing knowledge is building a clear understanding of the principles of life. One important principle is the understanding of right and wrong. People who understand the principles of right and wrong are not confused by poor judgment or swayed by the personal opinions and misjudgments of others. Rather they have the understanding necessary to make balanced decisions. People who have absorbed knowledge do not wish they had done things differently. They have no regrets.

In absorbing knowledge, one does not look at only one side but sees both sides. Copying knowledge without fully absorbing its meaning can lead to poor judgment and poor decisions that can create enemies and deep regrets. Through absorbed knowledge, one builds a better understanding of oneself, which enables one to continuously improve and faster reach success.

It is good to see someone use the knowledge they have absorbed to benefit themselves, their families and friends and build a happy successful life. It is sad to see in current society, someone who has copied knowledge be confused by his or her own misjudgment and swayed by others. Through this confusion and misjudgment, one risks losing opportunities to better themselves, risks losing those close to them and risks ending up alone with a lifetime of painful regrets.

Casting Doubt

When someone expresses doubt in another person’s ability, it is for one of two reasons. The first reason is the most obvious and meant without harm. This person asks earnestly for clarification, so that he or she may better comprehend and understand. The individual inquires with respect, asking to learn and perhaps to discern if the path, which led to this ability, would possibly be available for him or her to study.

The second reason doubt is cast on someone’s ability is far darker. It comes from a mind which itself is filled with deception and feels threatened. This response casts doubt with negative intonations in order to lead this strength away from what is true to the person who is mired in deception. As any illness will fight healing, so too will lies fight reality. This doubt is intended to create confusion, destroying and damaging the credibility of the Moo Doe practitioner.

To listen to this type of misinformation is to give credit to an incredible source. If one is pure in strength and ability his interest is in hoping to sincerely learn. The “must see” person is absorbed only in himself, trying to disprove others to raise himself. To give attention to this person is a waste of time.

Wise or Foolish

A Traditional Moo Doe Moral:

The Two Paths: Chung Doe and Pa Doe

Throughout the history of Moo Doe in East Asia, there have been two paths that Moo Doe could follow. One is “Chung Doe”, or the “right path”, and the other is “Pa Doe”, or the “wrong path.” Chung Doe is one of the main principles of correct Moo Doe.

Practitioners who follow Chung Doe value the principles of honor, integrity, loyalty and compassion above all else, and live their lives accordingly. Someone, who follows the Chung Doe of Traditional Moo Doe, before making any decision, will fully consider the consequences to others involved. When Moo Doe follows Chung Doe, the focus is on building character, confidence, self-esteem and strength. Individuals are extremely strong, even past their seventies and eighties, and their movement is very powerful. This same strength will carry over to their daily lives, which will be enriched and enable them to find balance. Chung Doe uses the power of Moo Doe only for the right reason (correct justice), to strengthen family relations, friendships, religion and daily activities. Chung Doe leaves behind within the community a good seed of knowledge (Traditional Moo Doe morals), which bears the good fruit of right communication, compassion and integrity for the next generation. Over the centuries, a tremendous number of people have followed Chung Doe for success in their lives. This path earns the recognition of others and leaves behind good memories and a respectable name.

Practitioners who follow the Pa Doe (wrong path) are known for their egotism, jealousy, and lack of honor, morals, discipline and stability. Their selfishness and tendency toward instigating trouble cause them to believe in a distortion of reality that is far from the truth. Pa Doe influenced instructors would like others to believe that they acquired superior knowledge and techniques from past training with the best masters, when in fact they did not. Their capability deteriorates rapidly after age forty or fifty and they are in very poor mental and physical condition (unbalanced). As a consequence, they resort to fabricated movement and, ultimately, fear exposure through such things as videos, photos, Moo Doe knowledge and correct morals. Their students do not develop properly because the result of what they are learning is similar to a street fight. In Pa Doe the focus is on the “violent” aspects of martial arts, with little regard for the effect of one’s actions on others. Pa Doe is the “bad seed” of Moo Doe morals and leaves behind within the community a reputation of inferior technique and ability, uncontrolled anger and failure.

One way to prevent confusion

The fable goes that when the tiger is absent, the foolish rabbits jump everywhere pretending to be tigers. When the real tiger returns, these rabbits will either hide in their burrows, showing their true nature (returning to the level determined by their true skills) or become food for the “Tiger”.

A person cannot understand a 24-hour day, knowing day only; hence the person must also know the night. Both day and night comprise one full day. When making a correct decision a person must know all the facts and factors, the complete picture, in order to prevent being led by the foolish (deceived). Without seeing the full picture, a person’s judgment is skewed and therefore credibility may be devalued or lost. Because of emotion, the closer your ties are to the speaker (a relative or friend), the further removed you must be in order to use good judgment. This prevents you from becoming the fool.

This kind of ignorance has become somewhat of a virus, spreading germs of dissension through many people, creating an infectious disease that society does not need. The source of this disease is unfounded gossip and rumor. This disease can destroy lives, families, friendships and communities. This societal evil has plagued mankind for centuries. Individuals can fool themselves for a brief period, but they cannot fool God, and eventually the truth is known.

Moo Doe Belt System

The Moo Doe line has come down over the centuries and all true Oom Yung Doe practitioners proudly stay on the original Moo Doe line. Traditional Moo Doe recommendation and testing guidelines are strictly followed.

In the U.S. there are many self-proclaimed expert martial artists who make statements about how good they are, but only a small number can demonstrate what they claim. The real value of what a capable martial artist can teach should be easily recognizable through a demonstration of their movements.

The traditional Chung Doe (Oom Yung Doe) line of martial arts has a clear system of rank and position. Ranks from 1st degree through 10th degree are recognizable by belt, uniform, insignia, rank certificate and current I.D. Positions from assistant instructor through Grandmaster are recognizable by uniform, insignia, position certificate and current I.D. Capabilities of rank are demonstrated through movement. Capabilities of each member’s position are shown through the certification of their judging skill and ability to teach. The Chung Doe (Oom Yung Doe) rank and position system (1st degree through 9th degree and Assistant instructor through National Instructor) ensures that all students receive complete training to become fully certified and qualified teachers enabling them to pass down the traditional Moo Doe knowledge to the lower rank practitioners.

This system is unique in the United States to the Oom Yung Doe line of martial arts. Only the Oom Yung Doe line uses the traditional six-section system up to first degree and clearly demonstrates the line of knowledge all the way up to Grandmaster. Other martial arts schools may imitate this system but it is easy to see the lack of authenticity in the absence of the Oom Yung Doe Rank and Position and Judging and Teaching certificates. Only instructors with a current Rank and Position certificate and a current Judging and Teaching Certificate are recognized by Grandmaster “Iron” Kim to be in compliance with the rigorous standards of the Chung Doe (Oom Yung Doe) line of knowledge.

Combining over one quarter of a century of learning, a core group of higher degree (8th and above) National Instructors, have come together practicing true Moo Doe principle in training. Each of these have been witness to and received personal instruction from Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. Maintaining outstanding form, this select group of teachers have formed for the specific purpose of keeping with traditional training as is the Chung Doe (correct way).

The Chung Doe (Oom Yung Doe) line of martial arts is recognized internationally. Any traditional Moo Doe practitioner can easily see the difference between traditional Moo Doe and fabricated or experimental movement. Pa Doe teachers don’t realize how much experimental movement can effect others and cause a body imbalance. That is one reason, over the centuries, the well rounded and balanced movement of traditional Moo Doe has been passed down.

Judging a Moo Doe (Martial Arts) Practitioner’s Skill

Today, some practitioners of martial arts equate the balance, health, and strength of an individual to the figure and shape of their body. Throughout history, one unique aspect of the Moo Doe practitioner has been that the size and shape of their body can be deceiving in regards to their overall health and internal power.

A better gauge than their figure and shape is the strength, coordination, flexibility, speed, and power that is demonstrated in the skill level of their movement. A person with an unbalanced body regardless of their figure or shape will have difficulty performing the correct movements.

How to Select a Reputable Instructor

There are splinter groups that unfortunately are teaching “fabricated” movement. These Pa Doe instructors are not in keeping with centuries of proven success. They may have been near the Grandmaster, but they did not receive instruction from him. They do not hold current certification of rank and position or current standing in judging and teaching. Their education and training is not ongoing. They are not recognized by Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. It is foolish to believe in these individuals, who depart from the traditional and resort to fabrication.

History has proven that it is common for someone to use the good reputation of a Master or Grandmaster to enhance his or her own reputation. Use your common sense as to what you hear and whom you heard it from. Determine their reputation and their mental and physical abilities. Watch their demonstrations and then make your own decision. Each individual must live with the outcome of their decisions, because Moo Doe is directly connected with your mind and body.

Different Types of Instructors

In following traditional Moo Doe lineage and in order to preserve it’s prosperity, it is very important to recognize the different types of instructors. In order to achieve advanced positions, it is imperative for the instructor to maintain a Chung level of character.

Chung: Keeps true to Moo Doe discipline of helping others, staying with traditional values and leaving good seeds for those who follow down the Chung Doe path.

Jhoong: Two types (explained here) at this level.

  1. Tries to stay on the Chung Doe pathway with Moo Doe values, occasionally wanders from them, but returns.
  2. An individual who does their best to follow Moo Doe values but has no choice but to discontinue their training and involvement due to personal reasons (i.e. relocating, family problems, illness). Upon returning to continue training and involvement, they are evaluated as to their credibility.

Ha: Wears the face of one following the true path, while looking for personal benefit to satisfy their own greed, thus devaluing true Moo Doe moral and discipline. Without changing their character, these instructors will fail. These instructors can carry on their rank and position, while trying to rebuild their understanding of true Moo Doe value. Their position is in question and they do not hold a current Judging and Teaching certificate.

Pa: Total disregard for the meaning of Chung Doe. Swayed by rumor, gossip and misjudgments. These individuals are following the Pa Doe path. These instructors are not recognized by traditional Moo Doe and are damaging the martial arts image in the public’s eye leaving behind bad seeds.

Recognizing the Skill and Ability of a True Moo Doe Master

These are a few ways:

  1. An older person (for example, age 70) looks much younger, has smoother skin throughout the body and a prouder bearing.
  2. The muscles in the body have a good shape, but muscle development is internal. The body is smoother and elastic like rubber. The body’s muscles will bulge only when necessary. Then, immediately, you can visually see the tremendous strength.
  3. When you have the skill of a master, your strength can visually move to different parts of the body in an extraordinary way. When movement by a master is demonstrated, supernatural strength and energy is evident to those observing. You clearly feel that the mind and body are spiritually as one.

Recognizing an Unqualified Instructor

History has proven that many unqualified instructors will generally make false or exaggerated claims. Here are some of the more common claims:

  1. Claim to teach Chung Doe
  2. Claim to have learned from a Master or Grandmaster
  3. Falsely exaggerate their training.
  4. Improperly use Chung Doe uniforms.

Here are steps to take to determine the credibility of the above claims:

  1. Determine the style and history of the Chung Doe line they claim to teach.
  2. What Master or Grandmaster did they learn from? Where was he located? What special techniques did he teach? Evidence of when and how the instructor was tested, such as photos, current certification and certificates.
  3. How long did the instructor train under a Master or Grandmaster and are they still receiving training? Do they have recent group photos? Request that the instructor demonstrate and fully explain the movements. A qualified instructor should have full control.
  4. If the instructor is wearing a Chung Doe uniform, or claims the right to do so, he must have a current I.D. card, current rank and position certificates, current judging and teaching certificates and group photos verified through Oom Yung Doe, LLC

Remember, only knowledge that is correct is worth learning. To see an instructors ability is truth. To only hear his claims is like an idle breeze. It has no value. Your life here does not last forever. You can borrow knowledge, you cannot borrow another body. Think on this because it is foolish to place yourself into an experiment. Schools are not for this misuse and abuse. Centuries of success have proven that only true moo doe principle of practice is the Chung Doe (right path) of the life winning way.

Those instructors who follow the true Moo Doe principle in teaching each carry a very unique identification. To identify those instructors which follow true Moo Doe principle look for their current Judging and Teaching certificate and contact Oom Yung Doe, LLC

Recognizing a Licensed Oom Yung Doe School

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Oom Yung Doe schools offer the proper training methods of Traditional Moo Doe that have proven throughout history to be one of the fastest ways to harmonize the mind and body. Use of Trademarks, Trade Secrets, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim’s lifetime achievement photos, and the proprietary likeness of Oom Yung Doe signify that a school is in good standing with Oom Yung Doe, LLC and following the quality standards necessary to ensure all students have the opportunity to receive the highest level of training possible.

It is the responsibility of Oom Yung Doe to protect the value of the Registered Trademarks and Trade Secrets, Grandmaster “Iron” Kim’s lifetime achievement photos, and the proprietary likeness of Oom Yung Doe. Schools licensed by Oom Yung Doe, LLC have the right to use these items to properly display the strength of the Oom Yung Doe™ Line. Someone who doesn’t have a license with Oom Yung Doe but uses any items (some examples shown below) to portray teaching or promoting the Oom Yung Doe, Chung Moo Doe or Chung Moo Quan line of Traditional Moo Doe is clearly in violation of federal trademark law. They are also misleading their students as to the quality of teaching, which is ensured by Oom Yung Doe at licensed schools.

These rights include displaying the following items (below are some examples of Trademarked items):

  1. front of school
  2. office wall
  3. practice room
  4. waiting room