Archive for July, 2010

31 Jul 2010

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  • Traditional Martial Arts versus Mixed Martial Arts: Old School and New School

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    It pretty common that somebody asks me which martial art is best. The next most common thing is somebody essentially telling me which martial art is best, usually by attempting to illuminate me about a particular system’s shortcomings (“Your eastern tiger style is nothing compared to my crane form!”). Yes, I do know that kickboxing doesn’t teach about ground and pound, and trouble will ensue once a double leg occurs.

    In particular, I’ve been musing over the debate between Mixed Martial Arts and Traditional Martial Arts. Old vs New, in all its arguable glory.


    Men in black


    A lot of movies play off this riff; an old grizzled veteran gets paired up with a new spunky greenhorn.  The new kid on the block is bothered by the old-school methods, the senior complains about novice’s know it all attitude.  Humor ensues. Above, Will Smith from Men In Black II explains it:

    Agent J: No, what you remember is that you used to drive that old busted jaunt. See, I drive the new hotness.

    [Points at K]

    Agent J: Old and busted.

    [Points at himself]

    Agent  J: New hotness.


    This is the party line, of sorts, of MMA:  Traditional martial arts are old and busted, and mixed martial arts is the new king.  The reality is that both sides of the TMA vs MMA debate have valid arguments.  Debate club was never my thing, so I’ll do a play by play with something I do understand … pictures. In my head, I see two followers of their respective path, duking it out with words.

    Imaginary Argument


    TMA: We’ve got thousands of years of experience and heritage; developed training methods and systems beyond the purview of the cult of the current.

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    MMA: Pretty awesome vocab, old man. There isn’t a reason to cling to the past. We’re on the cutting edge of training.

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    TMA:  You know that a lot of your stuff comes right from our stuff right?

    Machida reverse punch folk wrestling and the clinch

    MMA: Anything you can do we can do better.

    boxing punches double leg takedown

    TMA: MMA does not teach the realities of street self defense.

     beach training groin kick self defense

    wrist lock self defense Knife Defense

    MMA: Neither do you.

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     the foot fist way

    MMA: Besides, think of your “live” training methods. Too many rules, doesn’t actually simulate combat. Up over here, no rules, no holds barred.

    kumate jumping spinning hook kick

    TMA: No rules?  No respect either.

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    TMA: We cultivate respect, honor and discipline.

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    MMA: We cultivate fist to face.

    blood in the octagon mit work

    TMA: We develop ourselves mentally and spiritually.

    Choi meditate Muay thai

    MMA: We have a different form of spirituality.


    MMA: Plus, we don’t wear skirts.


    TMA: *cough* … *cough*

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    TMA: Plus, we use swords.

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    MMA:  We have bling.


    TMA: We have Chuck Norris.


    MMA: You have Jean Claude Van Damme


    TMA: Our senior citizens are hardcore.



    MMA: We’re getting there.


    MMA: We have epic stare-downs.

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    TMA: Touché.

    The Real Deal


    I’ve said this before about Aikido – we should be careful to attribute things to a system that it may not even claim about itself.  People choose different hobbies for specific reasons. If I wanted a hobby that helped me age gracefully, boxing and MMA would probably not make it to my short list.  If I wanted something for my kids to help them with confidence, respect, and socialization free from competition, then I’d pick accordingly. It’s not like people can’t figure it out when they really think about it.

    My beef is that the “Who’s top dog?!” game can turn ultra-juvenile. MMA is marketed with its heavy metal, we can kick anybodies ass, Tapout bikini babes themes – which can bring out the utter douche bag in us all. (When I wear my ONE Tapout shirt I increase my submissions percentage and elite jerk skillz by at least 10%. ) On the other side of the coin, a number of TMAs are insulating themselves into a fantasy world, becoming so insecure that they take moralist high-roads and choose not to evolve.

    When a particular camp, school, or niche disparages another, it tells you something about that group. Their complaint may be 100% valid, but the way people bring issues up is very illustrative. Take a moment and ask yourself why the critic needs to say what they’re saying.  Chances are, their communication is all about validating themselves and nothing about adding value to your life.

    One other thing: MMA is a sport. When you define the rules of a game, you set its limits. In many respects, a lot of traditional martial arts are now sports too, with their own peculiar rules.  When it comes the elusive “realities of the street”, I can tell you that one martial discipline is top dog. It’s called gun play.

    I came from a traditional martial art background, and I think there is a lot of value to it. In my training now, I focus on no-gi jujitsu and MMA, because that’s what I like, what appeals to me. This isn’t a time-life made for TV movie, but I think that there is a lot for each camp to learn from each other.

    I’ve jokingly laid out some points of discussion, but what’s your take? I’d love to know about your experience and opinions.




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    27 Jul 2010

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  • What IS Merpati Putih?

    We always strive to bring visibility to all the martial arts, their diversity, differences, and commonality.  Today we have an article submitted by Nate Zeleznick, President of MP USA, Inc. about his art, and how he teaches it here in Utah:

    MP is the Indonesian Royal Family’s secret method of Energy Awareness and Personal Protection. MP was developed in the 1550’s and passed down through the generations from Sultan Prabu Amangkurat of the Mataram Kingdom to his Heirs. For over 400 years MP was rarely if ever seen by anyone outside of the Sultan’s Palace (called the Kraton) in Yogkyakarta, Central Java.

    In 1963, Indonesia was literally ablaze with riots and civil unrest against the government. Already into the struggle for several years, hate and violence were constantly erupting in the streets and boiling over onto the innocent. Over 500,000 people were killed in less than 6 months and at that time the 10th Generation Heir to the MP knowledge, Raden Saring Hadipoernomo and his 11th generation heirs, known as Mas Poeng and Mas Budi (the great teachers of MP) decided that it was time to release their family secrets for the benefit of all of their people.

    Now every Indonesian could learn to heal and defend themselves while at the same time becoming more loving, peaceful and spiritually aware. Today over 1,000,000 Indonesian people have studied and benefited from the MP method with over 100,000 active members. MP is also available as standard training for almost every branch of the Indonesian military including Air Force, Army Special Forces, Commando Paratroopers, S.W.A.T. Teams and Presidential Secret Service.  Merpati Putih is also an outstanding member of the Indonesian (I.P.S.I.) and World (PERSILAT) Pencak Silat Federations as well as the Martial Arts Federation for World Peace (M.A.F.W.P).  All of this notwithstanding, the Merpati Putih organization had never allowed non-Indonesians to train…until 1999.

    Nate and Mike Zeleznick are the first Americans ever granted permission to be formally trained in MP.  They began in late 1999, guided under the expert instruction of Dr. Heru Hendarto, an ear/nose/throat surgeon and senior member of MP.  Dr. Heru is a former MP trainer of the Indonesian Special Forces and the only qualified instructor within 2,000 miles of Ogden.  As luck/fate would have it, he just happened to live about 50 miles away in Salt Lake City while pursuing his Masters degree in speech language pathology at the University of Utah.

    In Early October of 2000, Mas Poeng and Mas Budi (the Great Teachers of MP) and Suprapto Purwidjayanto, known as Mas Tok (the Chairman of MP) personally tested and promoted Nathan and Mike to the Junior Instructor level and inaugurated the first ever American school of MP.  Since opening in January 2001, MP USA has grown and prospered.  Senior Instructors from Indonesia have visited MP USA to enhance curriculum, train students and maintain the highest quality in MP USA’s teachings.

    In May of 2005, Nate and Mike made the Journey to Java, Indonesia for a full month to test, demonstrate and study.  During this trip they were again officially tested by Mas Poeng, all the Master Teachers (Dewan Guru), and the entire Master Council of MP in Parang Kusumo near Yogkyakarta in central Java, the historic birthplace of MP. They passed all tests and initiations and were Certified as Senior Instructors of Merpati Putih Martial Arts and Kebugaran Wealth of Health Programs.  One week into their trip they were joined by their 11 person MP ‘Indonesia-Bound’ demonstration team and during the following week were able to demonstrate first at the PERSILAT World Grand Final held at the Padepokan IPSI in Jakarta, then the National Air Force Base in Yogyakarta, and finally in Padepokan MP in Bali. During their stay in Yogya, all 11 demo team members passed an official MP initiation and were inaugurated as true members of MP Indonesia.

    In February 2007 Mike, Nate and a team comprised of the senior-most MP USA instructors journeyed to Indonesia once again for Testing and attendance of MP TRADISI (Annual Traditional Festival).  Videos and photos may be seen at MP USA,’s website It was an amazing and honorable adventure for all and much knowledge was gained that has been brought back to further enhance the training of students in America.

    The Merpati Putih Creed

    Mersudi Patitising Tindak Pusakane Titising Hening”

    “To Seek & To Find That Which Is Right, Doing In Silence”.

    The MP creed means that MP members should do what is right for the benefit of everyone involved with a pure heart and a silent mind. As each person’s life, situation and beliefs are unique, MP is the perfect system for anyone who seeks to learn more about themselves, what they are really capable of and how they can help others without impinging on one’s personal life perspectives.  Improving ones self, serving others, carrying love in one’s heart and doing so with a mind that is uncluttered and unlimited by self doubt, preconceived notions and prejudices so that life can be lived moment-to-moment, and every moment enjoyed to it’s fullest.  This is the cornerstone of everything Merpati Putih.

    What truly makes MP special is the unique ability to quickly build and Harness large amounts of Inner Power or Tenaga Dalam -(also called Chi, Ki, Prana, Subtle Energy, or Bio Energy)…  Using a very specific method of exercising with special breathing techniques and meditation, MP practitioners can feel this energy within themselves and use it to improve their lives very soon after beginning.  Many systems focus on building energy, but the speed in which MP changes lives and perception is what truly sets it apart from other methods.

    MP teaches people how to use their inner power for many different benefits including :

    (1)-Self Healing and Rebalancing Chronic Aches, Pains, & Illnesses from within (i.e. Asthma, Chronic Fatigue, Back & Neck Pain, Joint Pain).

    (2)-Massively Increasing Health and Energy including Strength, Flexibility & Stamina as well as lowering Blood Pressure & Cholesterol,

    (3)-Releasing Stress and Developing Razor Sharp Mental Focus & Concentration,

    (4)-Mind over matter such as Protecting ones own body from injury or even stimulating healing in others.

    (6)-Extremely effective Self Defense for Men, Women and Children of all ages

    MP USA offers:

    For Adults (15 to 70+)

    -      Martial arts/energy control classes for adults (15 to 70+)

    -      Low-impact health and fitness/energy control classes

    -      Meditation and stress relief, self healing and mind-body-spirit development

    -      Weight-loss and body transformation

    -      Women’s self defense and assault prevention workshops

    For Children (5-14)

    -      Evening martial arts classes

    -      Character development and leadership training

    -      Goal setting and achieving

    -      Self confidence and esteem building

    -      Physical fitness and life saving skills

    MP USA is:

    -      Utah’s only BBB-accredited martial arts school (A+ rating since 2002)

    -      Registered with Dunn & Bradstreet

    -      The North and South American Representative for PERSILAT (World Pencak Silat Federation)

    -       America’s only academy of the secret system of Indonesia’s Royalty

    -      The ultimate destination for martial arts and energy work, meditation, rejuvenation and seniors health and fitness, as well as youth programs, bully prevention and fun!

    -      Utah’s most affordable full-time martial arts school

    To find out more, visit the MP USA website at or call (801) 391-1638 and ask for Mike.

    27 Jul 2010

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  • Why Some People Hate Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

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    Visiting martial arts forums for me is like eating junk food. I feel awful after I eat it, but every now and then it’s just irresistible; especially when searching for such self-indulgent topics like “BJJ in a streetfight” or “BJJ vs. Kung-fu”.

    Searches like that are evidence that the little attention-seeking kid inside me is still there. Despite the adult me knowing that all arts have their strengths and weaknesses, the kid part of me wants the selfish sense of assurance that comes from hearing someone else say that BJJ is the best even though I think it’s a silly argument (for just how silly, see the video at the end of this blog entry).

    Here’s the thing, though. There are a lot of people out there who literally hate BJJ for that exact reason: they’re tired of the BJJ hype and skeptical of anyone on the bandwagon. And they’re especially tired of cocky BJJ practitioners who look down their nose at every other style.

    That’s actually understandable. No matter what the topic, one arrogant, self-assured, opinionated jerkface is all it takes to turn a potential recruit into a bitter opponent. BJJ could be the way to world peace and complete inner happiness (seriously!), but if we tell people they’re stupid for liking tai-chi instead then serve them jiu-jitsu in a crap sandwich, they’re not going to want it.

    I fear that has happened all too often, especially with online forums. We all know how easy it is to read intent into a comment made online and assume the worst as a result. Not only that, it’s all too easy to get personal and be insulting when you’re an anonymous voice commenting from a distance.

    The truth is, BJJ really is awesome, and that’s the sad thing about it. My general impression is that people who really dislike BJJ do so because of a bad run-in with a BJJ practitioner. Consequently, they do not give BJJ the credence it deserves and tend to downplay and grossly underestimate it’s effectiveness, because they have never experienced it.
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    26 Jul 2010

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  • Fatal Attraction

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    I may be sleeping on the couch for a while.

    Apparently, a preoccupation with jiu-jitsu when I do not have a training outlet is hazardous to other people’s health.

    Let me explain.

    Last night, my wife and I found ourselves seated in a stadium waiting for a political rally to start. As the show commenced, we became very uncomfortable with the manipulative and aggressive atmosphere we felt there. We were about to pick up and leave when we were approached by a large man who looked like a WWF version of Joe Pesci. Apparently he was offended that we did not like what we were hearing and seeing. This man became very aggressive as he tried to force me to participate in this rally for a cause I clearly did not support. Our discussion of 2nd amendment rights became rather heated, until he walked up to me with the clear intent of intimidating me into submission.

    He didn’t get a chance.

    As soon as he was within arms reach, I reached up like lightning and grabbed his collar and right sleeve, then yanked him downward into my control. I felt my backhand smack something as I pulled him down. Then he screamed like a girl.

    I woke up with a start.

    It took me only a split second to realize that it was not the violent political zealot who had been the victim of my clinch. My dream was so real I had literally reached out in my sleep, grabbed thin air and yanked down hard, only to connect with my wife’s right eye.

    After blubbering out several apologies like an idiot and making sure she wasn’t going to get a black eye, I explained to her what happened and we had a good laugh.

    It did make me wonder, though – does anyone else out there have dreams about BJJ? (…)
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    26 Jul 2010

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  • Homeless

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    For those of you wondering where I have been for the bulk of the summer, here’s your answer.

    Three weeks ago, I jumped into my car, gi in hand, and eagerly set off to the U.C.T.C. for my first evening of evening of BJJ badness in two months.

    Twenty minutes later, I found myself staring through darkened windows into a locked, dingy, completely empty brick building. Empty. No friendly, sweaty mats. No taped bags hanging from steel rafters., No cages. No boxing rings. No weights scattered across the floor. Nothing but cold, unfeeling concrete.

    I was homeless.

    After taking a couple of months off to tend to other obligations, the jiu-jitsu bug had been biting me hard. It felt like if I didn’t get into the gym soon and earn some mat burns I would be facing a mental breakdown. But some time during my 2-month respite, my gym and entire BJJ team had been ripped up by the roots.

    It’s hard to describe the sinking void that filled my stomach when I realized that not only was jiu-jitsu cancelled for that day, but that I had no idea where my next class would come from, or when. I had no idea if the U.C.T.C. had completely closed its doors or moved locations. I had (and still have) an addiction that I couldn’t feed.

    It reminded me of the scene in the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where young Willy Wonka disobeys his father and leaves home to go adventuring. He returns home to find his entire house has vanished, leaving a garish hole where his family once resided.

    There is good news and bad news in all of this.

    A little investigation revealed that the U.C.T.C. is not closed. It has indeed moved to a new location in South Salt Lake, an additional 20-minute drive from my house.

    The bad news? I was already driving 20 minutes to get to class, and 40 minutes on the road one way is out of the question for me. Great. Now what?
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    21 Jul 2010

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  • The Purpose of Soo Bahk Do

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    Below is an article that was presented during this year’s Nationals at the beginning of the event.  This year’s theme is Moo Do Jaseh and this article gives a description of what that is and what the true purpose of our art is.  This article was researched by D.K. Jang Sa Bom Nim.  Earlier this year, I went to Santa Barbara and Sa Bom Nim Jang dictated his research to me and I compiled it into essay form.  This final copy was reviewed by Sa Bom Nim Jang and approved.  All of the beautiful calligraphy was written by Sa Bom Nim Jang.

    The Purpose of Soo Bahk Do

    Soo Bahk Do is our moo do, or martial art. The “art”, or “Do”, is a language of the spirit and body, therefore, “moo do” is our language of spirit and body through martial training. It’s not what moo do is that’s important, but how we express it that matters.

    Many practitioners believe Soo Bahk Do translates to “hand strike way”. This is an inaccurate translation and does little to describe our art by labeling it as merely a form of attack. Soo Bahk Do is not defined as a method to strike with the hands, rather Soo Bahk Do is a tool to strengthen our spiritual and physical language and improve overall personal well-being.

    Seal Script for Soo Bahk Do.  Figure 1.Seal Script for Soo Bahk Do. Figure 1.

    The term “Soo” does mean “hand” but the hand is a representation of the human body. Look at Figure 1 to see the seal script for the term “Soo” (Seal script is an older style of Chinese writing and the first writing style that used the term Soo Bahk). It is a representation of the human body with a head, spinal cord, and tail (tailbone). The two horizontal lines symbolize the arms and legs. Placing a real hand upside down, each finger represents one of the 5 main branches of the nervous system:

    1. The middle finger represents the spine.
    2. The index and ring fingers represent the legs.
    3. The thumb and little finger represents the arms.

    The term “Bahk” has many meanings including to tangle, twist, turn over, pound, or change. An example would be a farmer turning over the soil which is a form of cultivating the earth. Another example would be a smith who works with metal by pounding and folding it to produce something of value. Every translation has one thing in common: Bahk is a term to improve or cultivate. The symbol on the left is the same symbol for “Soo” showing a human change. Just as a farmer and smith put forth tremendous effort and hard work to achieve the desired result, we as Moo Do In (Martial Art Practitioners) must give sincere effort as well. Physical cultivation will only come after intense physical conditioning as you pound, twist, and change your body. The same process is required for a spiritual change. Only after you are exposed to life’s challenges and successfully overcome them by choosing the path of virtue can you achieve spiritual refinement.

    “Do” is an abstract term that is roughly translated as a spiritual way or path. The left side of the character signifies a road or path and the right side stands for head. Do can be expressed and observed through our actions.

    Therefore, Soo Bahk Do really means the way of the art of human well-being. Our destination is to improve every aspect of the self. We need to keep every part of our self healthy. There are three distinct areas that we should concentrate to improve:

    1. Our skin, muscles, and bones relate to our external, physical health. In order to strengthen our body, we need to apply a scientific method. This is accomplished in the do-jang as we improve our strength, endurance, flexibility, and technique. We strengthen and improve our physical body through Weh-Kong.
    2. Our internal health relates to how we eat, sleep, and breathe. Training in both Moo Pahl Dan Kuhm and Moon Pahl Dan Kuhm (Standing and Sitting 8 Pieces Brocade) will improve the health of the internal organs through Ki-Kong breathing and an understanding of O-Haeng. Our internal health is closely coupled with O-Haeng, O-Ki, and the related 5 internal organs: Kidney, Liver, Heart, Lung, and Spleen. Regretably, few Moo Do In understand the relationships of O-Haeng, but is a vital component to the training of Nae-Kong 內功 (sincere internal effort).
    3. Our spirit, or ma’ulm, relates to our heart or soul. It is not intellectual, but spiritual. Enhanced intellect is only beneficial as long as it is applied to cultivate one of these three distinct areas: Weh-Kong, Neh-Kong, or Shim-Kong. The value of the 8 Key Concepts, for example, is much more than a standard for improved martial technique. Courage, concentration, endurance, honesty, humility, and others are principles that need to be engraven in your ma’ulm, and revealed in your every action—both in and out of the do-jang. This is Shim-Kong 心 功 (sincere spiritual effort) training.

    All three work together to find well-being. The composite gives us good health and longevity. Soo Bahk Do is the vehicle to improve each of these three aspects of our selves and that is the purpose of Soo Bahk Do.

    Kohn Kyung means sincere effort. In order to improve yourself in these three areas, it’s important that you have sincere effort. Kong 功is another term that translates to effort and is the basis for the terms Shim-Kong, Nae-Kong, and Weh-Kong. Only by exercising sincere effort in cultivating the soul, breath and internal organs, and the physical body, will a Soo Bahk Do practitioner succeed in the purpose of Soo Bahk Do.

    Soo Bahk Do gives us various tools to accomplish its purpose of “rejuvenation and prolonging of life beyond the normal span”:

    • Um Yang is balance, which stands for harmony.
    • Ship Sam Seh which comprises Pal Gwe and Oh Haeng (not to be confused with the Song of Ship Sam Seh).
    • Chil Sung
    • Yuk Ro (pronounced Yoong-no)

    Each of these is an important tool, or asset needed to be connected to the history, culture, and philosophy of Soo Bahk Do. They are much more than mere lists or terms to memorize, but have great significance and application in your moo do training in and out of the dojang. If you cannot apply these principles in both your training and personal life, you cannot connect to the art. As the Song of Ship Sam Seh states: “Failing to follow [these principles] attentively, you will sigh away your time.”

    Do Jang & Do Bok

    Calligraph for Do Jang. Figure 2.Calligraph for Do Jang. Figure 2.

    dobokCalligraphy for Do Bok. Figure 3.

    The Do-jang is the place where we train Soo Bahk Do. Not so long ago, nature was the dojang since there were no formal dojangs with beautiful, painted walls; soft mats or polished wood floors; modern kicking bags and plush targets; or air conditioning and heating. The dojang was outside with whatever conditions Nature was willing to give you.

    Even then, there was still a sense of do-jang, called do ryang, which is a Buddhist term. In Buddhism, outside of the main temple structure, there was a do ryang, or place of awakening. Traditionally, the monks would clean the dirt around the do ryang before they became monks. This was a way for them to clean their ma’ulm and connect with the Buddha.

    The term do-jang comes after World War II where formal structures were erected called do-jang. “Jang” jang has two parts. The first is “place” place and the second is “change” change. Do-jang is the place to change your “do” or your “ma’ulm”. See figure 2 for the calligraphy. It is the place to cultivate your soul and improve self well-being through sincere effort in Weh-Kong, Nae-Kong, and Shim-Kong training. It is not just a place to memorize your forms or learn new martial techniques. Both of these are additional tools used to improve the self.

    In the do-jang, we need to wear do-bok. Do-bok means wearing your soul (ma’ulm). When we wear our do-bok in the do-jang, we are reminded that we are here to try and change and improve our ma’ulm and that my ma’ulm is visible to others through my actions. The way you put on your do-bok or the way you care for your do-bok will say much about your ma’ulm.

    Moo Do Jaseh

    The physical expression of Soo Bahk Do is moo do jaseh. We know that moo do is a language (spiritual or physical language). Jaseh is a posture. We need a good posture of both physical and spiritual. Ja means manner and beauty. Seh means aspect or strength.

    ja Manner (Ja) means:

    1. A way of doing something or the way in which something is done or happens.
    2. A way of acting, bearing, or behavior.
    3. Socially correct way of acting.

    seh Aspect (Seh) means:

    1. A way that something can be viewed by the mind.
    2. Appearance to the eye.
    Calligraphy for Moo Do Jaseh.  Figure 4.Calligraphy for Moo Do Jaseh. Figure 4.

    Moo Do Jaseh is a physical manifestation of your ma’ulm. Therefore, the way you perform the moo do jaseh will determine how close you are to the art of Soo Bahk Do. The way you present a Chun Gul Jaseh, for example, is a manifestation of your ma’ulm. Likewise, the way you wear your do bok will say a lot about who you are as a person. A dirty, wrinkled do bok will tell a different story than a clean, crisp one. Moo Do Jaseh is everything in our training including the way you tie your belt and the way you communicate with your juniors, seniors, and the general public. Moo Do Jaseh is manifested through your walk, your tone of voice, your words, and your actions.

    From a spiritual perspective, all ethical behavior is proper moo do jaseh and can be summarized by the term Duk Haeng—Virtuous Action. Moo Do Jaseh should be made manifest in our every action. If this is the case, then every action will reflect our philosophy. As we practice and become accustomed to acting with proper Moo Do Jaseh, everything we do becomes ceremonious, not as a result of vain repetition, but as a result of sincere, consistent, and natural effort. Actions become ceremony as we tie our belt, ironing our do bok, clean the dojang, and help each other. When all of these things become ceremonial, you become more than a martial artist. You become an artisan of Soo Bahk Do. The art defines you and you contribute to the definition of the art. When you become an artisan, everything you do becomes a serenading stage, full of beauty. This is true mastery.

    Soo Bahk Do and Moo Duk Kwan

    Soo Bahk Do is more than just an activity to learn to get in shape and practice self defense techniques. It is a set of Korean principles that are available to help better ourselves and those around us. True moo do comes from seeking to learn and to apply these principles and then sharing these ideologies amongst each other as those before us have done in order to preserve this legacy of learning. The Moo Duk Kwan is an organization founded by the late founder, Grandmaster Hwang Kee to do just that. It facilitates the movement of ideas and principles and allows us to connect with people of similar passion. Our Moo Duk Kwan pride should come from our proper application of Moo Do Jaseh in our members, which will make a positive change in the societies in which they live.

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    16 Jul 2010

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  • The Cobra Choke Taught by the movie Inception

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    So I just returned from the movie theater, and let me tell you. My. Mind. Has. Been. Blown.

    Enough to over use the periods in a trendy, ungrammatical way, something I almost never do. To put it in non-nerd terms, imagine your brain after seeing The Matrix for the first time.



    That type of mind-blow.

    Anyway, there is this scene where gravity in the dream world has broken down and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) has have a bad-ass anti-grav fight in a hotel hallway (pictured above). As the title suggests, there is a choke out via the cobra choke. The cool thing is we just practiced this choke up at the U of U MMA class last week! Fortuitous, right?

    The cool thing is that there is an awesome transition from an arm triangle attempt. Imagine you just can’t finish the arm triangle – it happens. Instead of losing a really nice dominant position, you just reach around the head and grab the wrist, then feed your hand through his arm to grab your own forearm.

    Klein vs. Mewborn Arm Triangle


    Now to finish, pull your opponents wrist towards the back of his head to snug up things, but don’t roll them over. The real umph is dropping your elbow towards the ground across the neck. As long as the arm holding your own arm is anchored, you’ll be surprised how quickly cutting your forearm down forces the tap. Like I said, too much pulling the opponent’s wrist behind the head actually sabotages your choking. I think that this error comes out from guys who do gi jujitsu, because this choke is a lot like a scissor collar choke.


    Remember though, the one arm (at least IMO) does the choking and the other stabilizes.

    Here’s a vid showing a guy pulling off the cobra choke from the guard.

    If you want more instruction on it, pick up a copy of Karo Parisyan’s book about Judo in MMA.

    judo in mma

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    16 Jul 2010

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  • How to know if you’re working hard enough in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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    Have you ever worked on something, and asked yourself, “Am I really trying hard enough?  Am I really giving my all?  Or am I slacking off?”

    Well, good news folks.  When you’re really trying in Judo and Jiu Jitsu, it means that your opponent needs to get a pretty good grip on your Gi to pass your guard, or get a good throw.  Of course, we don’t want to really rely on strength… The real goal of these arts is to use our speed, technique, and kazushi.  But every once in a while, when you come home looking like this (which I did last night,)  you know you earned all of the sweat in that Gi :)

    Heal well my friends.

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    13 Jul 2010

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  • 2010 Moo Do Festival

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    Last weekend I attended the 2010 Moo Do Festival in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  There were about 800 Soo Bahk Do practitioners in attendance.  The weekend was jam packed with seminars, demonstrations, competitions, and chances to reunite with old friends and create new ones.  I competed in the Sa Dan (4th Dan) division in Hyung (forms) and got 2nd place.  I was pleased with the results and realize that I need work in making sure that my techniques are standardized.

    During the festival, there was some new information about the philosophy of Soo Bahk Do.  I helped Sa Bom Nim Jang compile it into essay form and will be posting it online soon so stay tuned.  It was also announced that Sa Bom Nim Moonitz was promoted to 8th Dan and Sa Bom Nim Martinov to 9th Dan.  Both of these masters are in our Soo Bahk Do lineage.  Congratulations to both of them for their dedication and accomplishments.  Without them, none of us would be training in this art.

    I was also nominated by Gibbons Sa Bom Nim, our Regional Examiner, to represent Region 8 as a Youth Ambassador.  I’m not completely sure what that means yet, but all 10 of us demonstrated during the opening ceremony of the Festival.  We trained the day before very hard in preparation and it was a good chance to meet the other ambassadors and create relationships with them.  I was honored to be counted as one of them.  Many were school owners and all of them were dedicated to the art.   Below is our demonstration.  I think a lot of what the Youth Ambassador program is designed to inspire, teach, and lead the Soo Bahk Do youth to do great things in their young martial art career.

    I hope to post more videos and photos of Nationals here soon so check back often.  The other one I’d like to show is Steyer Sa Bom Nim’s demonstration of the Moo Yei Do Bo Tong Ji and Moo Pahl Dan Kuhm.  He and his partner were the champions in the Ko Dan ja pre-sequenced sparring demonstration.  Can you see the Pal Gwe in the demonstration?

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    13 Jul 2010

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  • Judo, Mutual Benefit, and Brotherhood

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    Judo is based on two core concepts:

    Maximum Efficiency of Power

    Mutual Benefit and Welfare

    What I want to write about today is the “Mutual Benefit and Welfare” aspect of Judo, why it’s so true, and the brotherhood it tends to build.

    I have done several martial arts over the years, Judo, Karate, Jiu Jitsu.  In most styles of martial arts, as you drill your moves it is pretty evident rather or not they are working.  In Karate, I can see if I am kicking hard, straights, and fast.  In Jiu Jitsu, I can see pretty clearly rather I choked you or arm barred you based on rather or not you tap.

    In Judo however, you generally grab a partner, and do what are known as Uchikomis (oochee-k0meez.)  These are the beginning of the move, where you go just far enough to start to affect a person’s balance (Kazushi.)  The reason this is important is that you need to count on your partner (you Uke) for two important things:

    1- To act normally.  If your Uke is unnaturally stiff, or just floppy, you will not get a real feel for how to do the move.

    2- To give you feedback on what he/she is feeling.  Subtleties of their balance, and what is or is not breaking their Kazushi should be shared so you know where you are doing well or not.

    In these ways, your Uke, even if they are more junior in the art than you, really are a partner in your learning process.  You have to be able to count on each other.  “Mutual Benefit and Welfare” isn’t just a neat concept, the art literally depends on it.

    This partnership of the Uke and the Tori (the person attempting the move) builds a mutual respect and bond that is often not there in arts where everything is merely competitive.  This brotherhood of Judo is a unique and wonderful part of the art.

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