WHAT IS HANMUDO?
Han means Korea (nation of optimism) and Mu Do means Martial Arts. Therefore, Han Mu Do translates to Korean Martial Arts. This system
was founded by Grandmaster He-Young Kimm in 1989. Han Mu Do is registered to the Korean Government as a recognised style of Korean martial arts. (Registered Number 534)
WHY WAS HANMUDO ORGANISED?
Grandmaster He-Young Kimm (Founder of Han Mu Do, 9th Dan Hapkido, 9th
Dan Judo, 8th Dan Kuk Sool Won), during his forty years of training and research in numerous styles of Korean martial arts, found the strength and weaknesses of these arts. Most modern Korean martial arts were founded during the 1950's to fit the needs of that generation in Korea. For example, Korean self-defence emphasised defence against wrist, clothes, and body seizes. The reason for this was before opponents engaged in fighting, the attacker would grab the wrist, clothes, or body of his opponent and then either push, pull, punch, or kick and then throw. Since then, instead of grabbing first, the fighting pattern has changed and now an attacker also has the option of kicking or punching first. Therefore, Dr. Kimm felt that a need for a balance between defences against wrist, clothes and/or body seizes were needed with punches and kicks.
Another reason that Dr. Kimm created the Han Mu Do system was because that since the 1950's, more traditional self-defence techniques were discovered by various masters and new innovative techniques were added as part of the Korean self-defence system. The traditional techniques and new innovative techniques deserve to be part of the Korean self-defence system today.
Thirdly, since 1962, Dr. Kimm has been collecting historical material and conducting interviews and research on Korean martial arts. Dr. Kimm has met hundreds of Korean martial arts masters from many different styles of martial arts including Tae Kyun, Soo Byuk Ta, Yu Do, Yu Sul, Tae Kwon Do, Kum Do, Kum Sool, Kung Do, Kung Sul, Hapkido, Kuk Sool, Ship Phal Ki, and Son Do Sul. Dr. Kimm not only verbally interviewed masters of these styles of martial arts, but also trained under many of them in order to understand the technical aspects of their respective arts as well as the theoretical and historical backgrounds. Dr. Kimm incorporated many of those techniques into the Han Mu Do system.
The unique characteristic of Han Mu Do is the emphasis of a "centered" or balanced system.
1. The balance between non-weapon and weapon techniques.
2. The balance between external muscle techniques and internal Ki techniques.
3. The balance between physical body training and philosophical, mental, and spiritual training.
4. The balance between left side and right side techniques.
5. The balance between traditional philosophy and traditional techniques and the new innovative philosophy and techniques.