Most of you now the work that I’ve been doing since learning about my Song Moo Kwan heritage. It has been a struggle. As there are always many different paths that students take, information can be lost…lack of interest at the time or forgotten time. **Ha, here’s a spot for something ages old…the Master has forgotten more than you have learned.**
The struggle to collect information from my branch of Song Moo Kwan has been rough. Mainly due to the fact that I came to learning about it late. Many within my line have stopped training and teaching. Finding the right question to ask can be difficult.
The Chung Bong hyungs (patterns/forms) are very dear to me not only because they were the first hyungs that I learned through Master Tom Sullivan’s Karate North but also because they were created within my lineage. As I’ve been asking questions I’ve learned, hopefully correctly, that the hyungs have some very direct intentions within them. Of the seven hyungs, I’ve been told that 1, 3, and 5 are power based hyungs and that 2, 4, and 6 are speed based with 7 having been influenced to some degree by a Wing Chun practitioner that 9th Dan SrGM Hyon trained with. Once I heard this concept, I started looking back into the hyungs for places where it could be applied, where I found many.
I also took some information from the stories that 9th Dan SrGM Ron Coleman has told during a talk on tournaments “back in the day.” He mentioned how the sparring strategies changed over the years. The examples that he gave brought me immediately to combinations within the Chung Bong hyungs. Once I had learned enough to know that I didn’t know, I had often wondered why many of the Chung Bong hand positions varied from the other Taekwondo schools that I visited. I believe the main reasons are that SrGM Hyon incorporated more obvious practical self defense and sport attitudes into them.
There is much literary license taken when it comes to names within the martial arts. You can even use Song Moo Kwan as the example. The literal translation would go “Pine tree Military House” but the many who learned from SGM Byung Jick Ro present it as the “Ever Youthful House of Martial Arts Training.” Recently, I asked a handful of SrGM Jun Sun “Jay” Hyon’s direct students about how the Chung Bong hyungs got their name. The responses were vague-ish but had a repeating concept. The literal translation of Chung Bong becomes Blue Wood/Tree but I think that is to help keep the name simple. From the responses of his students, it follows more of the concept that even the top of the mountain isn’t the end. Even the top of the mountain has a tree growing toward the blue sky.
SGM Joon Pyo Choi even recognizes this concept. One of the concepts in his Words of Wisdom is “Boodahn NoRyeok” (Never ending effort). It refers to the continuing challenge of ALL martial arts masters and students who are traveling up the same mountain along many different paths..
Please let me know if you have some information about the Chung Bong hyungs or Song Moo Kwan. I am very interested in collecting the knowledge of and about the first Kwan.
Starting next Wednesday (May 20th), WTMA will have outdoor classes in the park south of the school. There should be plenty of space to spread out and keep sections under the 10 person limit. After all, there are 4 softball fields there! This will continue as long as necessary.
These will be 90 minute classes starting at 6:00pm.
Wednesdays = Haidong Gumdo Thursdays = Pine Tree Taekwondo
Sweats & T-shirts acceptable. Shoes as preferred. Masks as desired. Please message Master F. if you plan to attend on May 20th. There is some additional information.
You can use this Google Maps link to see the park. We’ll gather near the playground and organize from there. If you select the satellite view (toggle in lower left), you can see the layout of the park.
New students are offered a discount on a 3 month tuition package! Former students are included in this offer. If current students refer anyone who signs up for this tuition package, they will receive a free tuition for the following month.
Here’s a gift idea for the Taekwondo student (or other martial artist) in your life.
This two volume set contains six of the seven Chung Bong hyung. The hyungs are specific to Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo and created by Senior Grandmaster Jun Sun Hyon and documented here by Senior Master Robert Frankovich.
So, after many years of learning and teaching the Chung Bong Hyung, I have written two books that detail these forms step-by-step. Every Pine Tree Taekwondo student should have a copy to review their forms.
Brooklyn Center residents, Mark and Sarah Wurdeman, placed first and/or second in every event that they competed in during the Arnold Sports Festival 2018 held in Columbus, OH.
The international event hosted several hundred competitors in over 40 martial arts divisions. Mark and Sarah, students in Taekwondo (Korean Karate) and Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword) at White Tiger Martial Arts, headquartered in Fridley. Both are senior students and instructors there.
Mark placed first in all four divisions that he competed – Tang Soo Do forms, Traditional Taekwondo forms, Weapons and Target cutting. Sarah had the misfortune of competing against Mark in three of the four divisions and against black belt ladies in another. Sarah will test for her black belt in Taekwondo in May 2018.
White Tiger Martial Arts focuses on the personal development of each student and uses tournaments as a way to challenge knowledge/understanding plus provide an opportunity to spend time with like-minded martial artists.
For more information about where Mark and Sarah train, please check the website – wtma-mn.com. Thank you.
If you don’t make awareness part of everything that you do, you will fall prey to the skills of those who mean you harm. This is from a simple pickpocket to an assailant wanting to harm you. Be Batman and prepare for all options that you can conceive!
Don’t leave things out! Make sure that you’re working to make sure that you’re safe and in control of what you can. Even the mightiest can be corrupted!
The Pine Tree Taekwondo program will be available for anyone grade 3 and older starting September 18th! There are two sections for this class.
Monday & Wednesday 7:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm
These classes are offered in coordination with the school calendar. If there isn’t school that day, this class won’t meet. Please note that there are many “no class” days posted but it is inaccurate. The dates will be updated.