Ship Pal Gae/18 Weapons

Practitioners can now focus their training on any one of the eight martial art styles taught in Oom Yung Doe.

8.) 십 팔 계 Ship Pal Gae (18 Weapons) Chinese and Korean Style of Weapon:

Ship Pal Gae Forms are soft and hard. These forms develop flexibility, coordination, strength, and speed. The mind, body, and weapons must come together as one. Strong eye contact is maintained with the opponent, and movements are usually offensive. The hands and feet are used in all different directions, with both angles and circles.


The proper steps of Ship Pal Gae practice at an intermediate level

  • Weapon and body combine as one.
  • Breathing and movement harmonize together.
  • Practice speed is a combination of fast and slow body movements.
  • Body movements and breathing control must be coordinated together.
  • The weapon’s direction and proper body position must be coordinated together as one.

If the weapon moves one direction and the body another, injury will result. Hard and soft movement of the weapon and the body must be properly timed. With proper practice, accuracy of the weapon strike will develop. At the intermediate level of practice, the choice of weapons must be properly matched to the individual’s body. For example, it is improper for someone with a small body to practice with a Chung Yun Doe or Chong Bong. The correct choice of weapon would usually be the Doe or Kom because it is easier for a smaller person to handle. Someone can still practice with these weapons to understand the correct movements; however, it would be improper to specialize in these weapons. When a practitioner achieves harmony with the weapon (the practitioner and the weapon become one), tremendous benefits will be derived to both the mind and body.

Description of the 18 weapons:

Tan Bong Wood or steel stick, approximately two feet long with a braided silk fabric tassel at the top.
Chong Bong 6-foot long wood or steel pole.
Tan Chu Chuck Bope Two wood or steel sticks with a chain in between. Note: Once achieved, one is capable of performing Sam Pyo Chung.
Jang Chu Chuck Bope Two 2-foot sticks with a chain in between, or three 2 1/2 foot sticks with chains in between.
Kom Chinese sword.
Sang Kom Double Chinese sword (two swords).
Doe (Chinese Sword) Straight, double-edged blade and a sharp point.
Sang Doe (Double Chinese Sword) Two of the same weapon. Straight double-edged blade and a sharp point.
Chang Sool Wood or steel pole with sharp point and blade at the end (6-foot long).
Pyo Kom 3 1/2 foot steel pole with a hook on one end, a point on the other. It has a handle 1/3 the way down its length, with 1/4 moon blade over the handle.
Sang Pyo Kom (Two Pyo Kom) – Double sword with 3 1/2 foot steel pole with a hook on one end, a point on the other. It has a handle 1/3 of the way down its length, with 1/4 moon blade over the handle.
Sang Chul Quan Single-edge Chinese sword with several rings on the blade.
Bu Chae Chinese fan with steel spikes.
Chung Yun Doe Steel pole, 4-foot long, with Chinese sword at the end that has one ring on the blade.
Dok Chim Sui Sa Sul 6-foot steel chain with a heavy weighted point.
Mae Hwa Kom Bope Sword (Kom) technique with the grace of a woman and the strength of a tornado.
Gook Ki Chang Jang Sul 7-foot steel spear with flag on the end and sharp point at the top
Shin Doe Kom Bope Sword (Kom) technique with lightening fast movement.

NOTE: If someone absorbs the 18 traditional Moo Doe weapons listed above, they can properly perform any weapon known throughout history.

6 month training programs are available for students who wish to specialize in one style.

  • Instructors can achieve a master level in one or more of the eight martial arts.
  • Many higher level Oom Yung Doe practitioners (Head International Instructors and Assistant Head International Instructors) have achieved a master level in at least 3 to 5 martial arts.
  • To be recognized as an Oom Yung Doe master, one must attain a master level in all 8 martial arts.
  • Only a Grandmaster of all 8 martial arts is capable of teaching someone to reach a master level.
  • Grandmaster “Iron” Kim is one of the very few, elite practitioners who has ever achieved a master level in 8 complete martial arts throughout the world.

What you have achieved is shown by your ability. Your actual ability represents your true condition. Your condition determines the quality of your life, how much your life has improved.

Throughout history Traditional Moo Doe, true martial arts, has constantly been the target of jealousy and rumors – “The higher the mountain, the stronger the wind”. Traditional Moo Doe has always followed the time proven principle – judge based on what you see. Traditional masters and grandmasters have dedicated their lives to preserve the strength of Traditional Moo Doe. Any martial arts school that has true ability does not have to talk about how good they are, they can show it. Some are swayed by what they hear. Foolishly, they lose their chance to change their condition and improve their life. Remember, life is only once. Do not waste your life