Soo Bahk Do is the name of the martial art we study. Though it is a Korean martial art, it has been influenced by both Chinese (soft) and Okinawan (hard) fighting systems. In Soo Bahk Do you’ll find quick, sharp movements, followed by long, fluid movements. Our technique blends east asian wisdom with modern-day scientific principles.
Soo Bahk Do’s movements can be distinguished by our unique use of hip and devestating kicks. Another distinction can be made from the famous Chil Sung and Yuk Ro form series. Both of these sets of forms is a compilation of Hwang Kee’s study of the oldest Korean martial arts text, the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji, along with his previous knowledge of So Rim Jang Kwan (Shaolin Long Fist) and Tae Kuk Kwan (Tai Chi Chuan).
Soo Bahk Do is much more than a form of exercise or self defense. Soo Bahk Do is a way of life that helps cultivate and refine a person’s mind, body, and spirit. This is accomplished through three separate forms of training called Neh Gong, Weh Gong, and Shim Gong.
Weh Gong training is the physical exercise that demands the mastery of the human body. Our unique use of hip and careful scientific calculations teach us how to efficiently move our body in a harmonious way. We learn body mechanics, self defense techniques, and training methodologies to help stretch, strengthen, and increase eye-hand coordination.
Neh Gong training is the overall health of an individual. Soo Bahk Do teaches basic health principles such as good diet, sufficient rest, and abstaining from harmful substances. You will also learn proper breath control that increases a person’s vitality. Various ki gong exercises are taught that are used in Tai Chi and accupuncture.
Shim Gong training includes both your mental and spiritual well-being. Soo Bahk Do teaches a wide array of meditation techniques that help build your concentration and help alleviate unneeded stress. Shim Gong is often considered your “intent” or your “will”. Through your training, you will learn to give meaning and purpose to everything you do both during training and in every day life.