In 1964, Tae Kwon Do U.S.A. was founded by Master Eugene H. Percerval, Jr.
In 1974, Grand Master Charles Graham started American Tae Kwan Do Moo Duk Kwan to bring about a renewal of the old philosophy with attitude for the future. Organizations change for growth and for betterment of oneself and the ideals that he or she tries to reach. The martial arts may change but the attitude must remain the same.
In 1992, the American Moo Duk Kwan Federation was formulated, providing a strong, unified and credible body of martial artists. This newly formed Federation was conceived under the guidance of Grand Master Charles Graham, founder of the American Tae Kwan Do Moo Duk Kwan.
Master Carlos Martin has carried on the tradition and brought American Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan into the 21st century in Goldsboro NC!
Although the name itself is relatively new to the United States, Ho Kuk Mu Sul’s roots go back to over 2,000 BC and are derived from Tribal/Family, Buddhist Temple, and Royal Court martial arts. It is a study in the combative martial arts proven over the centuries by Korean warriors.
Ho Kuk Mu Sul and Hapkido encompass the hard, hard-soft, and soft aspects of martial arts. An eclectic blend of punching and kicking, throws and projections, as well as break falls and tumbling. This teaching system combines strangling, grappling, and joint locking techniques with advanced study of acupuncture pressure points and nerve centers in a dynamic system that emphasizes speed and fluidity over raw force.
Ho Kuk Mu Sul and Hapkido teaches, also, internal techniques such as breathing control, mental discipline, and meditation to help develop and control ones Ki (internal power). Of course, Ki development also relies on a sound physical training program. With proper Ki development, a person can actually multiply their physical power at need.
Ho Kuk Mu Sul also employs the use of many of Korea’s ancient traditional weapons to include sword, knives, staff, short sticks, and the cane to name a few. Single and two person armed and unarmed forms are, also, taught.
HAPKIDO – An eclectic blend of kicking and punching, throws and projections, falls and tumbling skills, this teaching system combines strangling, grappling, and joint locking techniques, with the advanced study of acupuncture pressure points. This study utilizes non-resistance, circular motion, and total penetration of an enemy’s defenses.
HAP = Coordination or Harmony
KI = Energy or Power
DO = The Art or The Way
HAPKIDO is The Art of Coordinated Energy
The main goals of HAPKIDO are to develop character, improve mind-body harmony and develop effective self-defense skills.
Tai Chi Chaun (Tae Geuk Kwan). Seek tranquility in motion. Relax, free up energy, and transform stress into vitality by exploring the philosophy, principles, theory and cultivation of Tai Chi. Learn the Yang family style solo Five Section form. Emphasis is on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination in a soft, slow, fluid low impact manner.
Derived from the Taoist philosophy of constant change, this art is designed to improve health through the use of soft gentle flowing movements to improve the flow of Vital energies or chi throughout the body. Soft circular moves are used to dissolve and neutralize attacks, turning the aggression back in a relaxed smooth manner. Although taiji is considered an excellent form of martial art, the martial arts aspect is secondary.
As we progress through the 5-section Yang Solo form, we will continue our journey through the study of longer forms. Single and two person unarmed forms of Yang style are taught as well as the 5 section Yang style single person sword form.