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The Roots of Han Guk Mu Sool

Han Guk Mu Sool, is a living legacy that embodies the ancient and modern history of Korean martial arts. Rooted in antiquity, it reflects the diverse cultural influences and values of the Korean people. Let's embark on a comprehensive exploration of the rich roots of what is Han Guk Mu Sool.
  • Hwa Rang Do

    Emerging during the Silla Dynasty (57 BCE - 935 CE), the Hwa Rang Do were an elite group of young warriors who honed their combat skills while embodying virtues such as loyalty, righteousness, and filial piety.

  • Taekkyeon

    Dating back to the Goguryeo and Joseon periods, Taekkyeon features fluid, rhythmic movements and focuses on kicks, strikes, and open-handed techniques.

  • Ssireum

    An ancient form of Korean traditional wrestling, Ssireum contributed to the grappling and takedown techniques found in Han Guk Mu Sool.

  • Warrior Culture

     Ancient Korea's warrior culture fostered the development of martial arts, as self-defence and protection from invaders became essential skills.

  • Cultural Exchange

    Interaction with neighbouring cultures, such as China and Japan, led to the exchange of martial arts knowledge, influencing the development of Korean martial arts.

  • Confucian Philosophy

     Korean Confucian values greatly influenced the moral character of martial artists, emphasizing virtues like loyalty, righteousness, and humility.

  • Tribal Martial Arts

    Indigenous groups and clans practiced tribal martial arts for self-defence, hunting, and warfare. Diverse unarmed combat techniques and proficiency in various weapons. Influence on Han Guk Mu Sool: Contributed to the comprehensive curriculum, encompassing striking, grappling, and weapon techniques.

  • Royal Court Martial Arts

    Practiced in the palaces of Korean royalty for entertainment and physical conditioning. Known for elegant and graceful movements, with an emphasis on aesthetics. Influence on Han Guk Mu Sool: Emphasis on form (Hyung) and the aesthetic aspects of the martial art.

  • Buddhist Martial Arts

    Emphasis on mental discipline and meditation to achieve a harmonious mind and body. Practical self-defence techniques developed by Buddhist monks to protect their temples while adhering to non-violence principles. Influence on Han Guk Mu Sool: Concepts of non-resistance and harmony with nature in the martial art's philosophy.

  • Harmony with nature

    Practitioners seek to harmonize their movements with the natural flow of energy, redirecting an opponent's force rather than meeting it with force.

  • Balanced Living

    The martial art emphasizes achieving balance in all aspects of life - physical, mental, and spiritual.

  • Humility and respect

    Practitioners approach training and interactions with humility and respect, honouring instructors, fellow practitioners, and martial art traditions.