According to a recent poll, everyone who has been studying the art said that their lives have improved overall as a result of taking lessons and mastering its techniques. In theory, taking these classes will also improve the lives of failing students by helping them raise their grades due to its emphasis on concentration, discipline, building self-confidence, and stress management.
As an instructor at Han Dol, I have seen Soo Bahk Do improve the lives of many people in several areas of their lives, including students who have improved their grades in school since studying it. We are not really condoning low grades. We are just trying to help students in the community by using techniques and benefits of Soo Bahk Do.
Tell us what you think of this idea. Will it work or is it a bit farfetched?
Han Dol Martial Arts hosted its first annual Western Connecticut State Soo Bahk Do Championships on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the Danbury War Memorial in Danbury, CT after almost two years of operation. Sponsored by Region 1 of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, the tournament presented advanced skill demonstrations by some of the styles masters in addition to exciting and entertaining competition among its students throughout the tri-state area.The event began at 10:00am with an accurate representation of the art’s philosophy of discipline, respect, and honorable character by all its participants coming together in unison to stretch their muscles and warm up. Next some of the more respected masters in attendance displayed some of the most complex skills associated with SBDMDK such as splitting blocks of wood with bare hands and feet which require intense concentration. Shortly thereafter the competition based on a point system of exhibiting form and no contact sparing began.
Due to SBDMDK emphasis on its philosophy on strong and honorable character of its followers to strengthen communities, Han Dol Martial Arts ensured that a portion of the proceeds was donated to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a not-for-profit, section 501(c) (3) organization which helps children battle cancer and other catastrophic diseases.I was very proud of how the tournament gave a very accurate presentation of the traditional philosophy and style of Soo Bahk Do in action. You can tell that the students and masters participating in the tournament practiced the arts concepts in everyday life by looking at their behavior and the remarkable acts of sportsmanship. It says a lot about the emphasis on the teachings of character development and control of the body.
If you were a spectator, judge, participant, or a parent of a participant at this event, please feel free to comment on your experience.
Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan is the scientific use of the body in methods of self defense, combined with a strict philosophy guiding the practitioner towards discovering their full potential. Soo Bahk Do, literally meaning “Hand Striking Way,” is the technical aspect of the art, and Moo Duk Kwan, meaning “Institute of Martial Virtue” is the philosophical side. In other words, it is not just techniques of self defense; it is a way of life emphasizing discipline, control of power, and unity of the mind and body.
Soo Bahk Do provides the practitioner with the physical training that allows them to develop both an effective form of self defense as well as a means to develop a strong and healthy body. The physical techniques focus on powerful and effective punching, together with kicking, attacks and counter attacks, which require a high level of physical fitness to execute properly. They relate to those of explosive power, utilizing outward muscular force. In fact, strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and exercise drills are all part of the training process.
This art specializes in developing external energy powerful enough to be able to split wood and break bricks with one strike of their bare hands and feet, as opposed to grappling techniques and wresting moves.
A large part of the physical training focuses on internal techniques which relate to those that utilize greater understanding of body mechanics, coordination, application, and closer control of one's body. Students learn and practice breathing, tension, and relaxation exercises as part of their physical training. These techniques are also used to reduce stress, meditate, increase concentration, and separate from counter-productive thoughts.
Moo Duk Kwan is the philosophy and culture governing the way practitioners of Soo Bahk Do must live their lives. Originally the name given to the first school to teach this martial arts style, it is a brotherhood and school of stopping inner and outer conflict and developing righteousness through Soo Bahk Do training, enforcing discipline and developing character.
This art has been known to drastically improve the lives of its students in many different ways. If live in the metro Danbury area, you are cordially invited by Han Dol Martial Arts School to train in the art as many days as you like within a two week period for free and share your experience. If you are already a Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan practitioner, please share your comments about the benefits you have witnessed personally.