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SOO BAHK DO - Moo Duk Kwan



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Shiwol do-jang est un espace mental construit en France à partir de la pratique de l'art martial Soo Bahk Do -Moo Duk Kwan. 
Le Soo Bahk Do est un art martial coréen, façonné par la culture et la tradition coréennes. Si certaines de ses techniques remontent à plusieurs centaines d'années, l'art dans sa forme moderne naît en 1945. La Corée recouvre tout juste sa liberté après 30 ans d'occupation japonaise lorsque Hwang Kee fonde son école Moo Duk Kwan à Séoul, d'où est issu le Soo Bahk Do.


La pratique du Soo Bahk Do repose sur les principes de respect du vivant ("hwal" en coréen) et d'harmonie nécessaire entre l'humain et la nature. Sont également considérées comme fondamentales la cohésion du groupe et la solidarité. Enfin, comme le veut l'empreinte confucéenne, la relation entre l'enseignant et l'élève étudiant est considérée comme étant de la plus haute valeur. On trouvera aussi toutes sortes de textes, réflexions, digressions comme autant de petites sentiers cheminant dans l'art martial et au-delà.

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16 août 2007 4 16 /08 /août /2007 19:14


In our pow-wow of geographically displaced Master Choi students, Sa Bom Nim asks us about tradition. Our responses are quintessential in that they seem to belong exclusively to us. John first, then me, and then Jackie who has nothing to add. There is a pause and Master Choi says, "Well, nobody ask to me, so I don't answer."

We all laugh, "We just assumed you'd tell us." And then we ask.

Tradition, he says, is about what is natural. We nod our heads like bobble head dolls for the next ten minutes as he shows us a perspective on tradition that we would have never thought of, but yet always knew in a way. That's the way his stories feel. Like you had the information all along, it just took someone telling you for you to know it. Tradition is not habit, it is the earth and the animals and humans all working harmoniously and positively. They are actions that create a circle, a flow. Never negative, or against a grain, never hurts the next day or two years down the road. These types of pains are the result of what is not natural, and in them we cannot find tradition. That's what he says, or my closest approximation. We all nod our heads. Master Choi nods back in jest. "What, you have nothing to say? Just nod along?" He wants a dialogue and we're all momentarily stunned. Bjork keeps flashing through my head and I can't imagine how I can connect this conversation to her, so I say nothing. John asks a different question and Master Choi says something that really strikes me. "People get the wrong impression," he says, "they think that it's just physical motions and everyone is yelling and fighting. The martial arts get the bad name because the people don't fully understand. It's not like that - it's artists and it is very sensitive."

Sensitive, and I think - what an incredible word. I start to think about tradition again and I realize, suddenly, what he is saying.

This is something I've been thinking about lately, something I'm always thinking about. I spent three hours the other night watching Bjork with adoration on youtube. She is possibly one of the most compelling and endearing people I have ever seen. When she talks, the good energy flows up from the ground. Her discussion of her work and her process always sends me into meditations on what it really means to be an artist. It is why I love her, why I love and admire so many of the people that I have come to know. Why I admire Master Choi. In every interview from the Sugarcubes to Medulla she says that she's not there yet. That her best album hasn't been beaten out of her and that even after an accomplishment like Medulla, her creative work still has not reached its maturation. She describes the plights of authors whose best works are written at age seventy and says, "It takes a very long time, I think, to be what you are." And it floors me.

I think about Master Na, and the night we all sat around in Central Dojang drinking green tea and talking about life. He told me that his goal, above all things, was to be human. I have been realizing lately that the artists I'm drawn to, the ones that are so magnetic and unusual, are the ones that create as if it is an act of God. Bjork says she sings because it is the most natural way for her, like breath, she cannot be totally stable without it. She creates because she is, she has no other choice. If I were to rephrase Master Na's goal for myself it would be to be like him - to be like Bjork - to be like Master Choi. To be what I feel they all are - utterly myself. My best self. Weighing in with what I have, balanced against nature, a part of the earth. I start to see what tradition is by Master Choi's definition. Tradition, I conclude, is a path to what is natural. It shows us ourselves. It is the argument I'm always making about higher education and the usefulness of knowing a system - be it in music, the arts, or in writing. They are tools, they show us a way, they show us several. They challenge us and teach us about the spirituality of our art. We pull from them and find our own enlightenment in the cushions of what Beethoven and Mozart once knew. We do with it what we will.

Traditions exist to remind us of what we value and why we value it. They force us to reflect. It is art. It is sensitive. It is alive. This is what I do - because I have to. Because I am compelled to. The tradition, the people - they are reference points. They help me define what I am. They push me not to let that definition stagnate.

I think I'm going to take up gardening.

                                                                          Melanie Carreira
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27 avril 2007 5 27 /04 /avril /2007 21:33

The Summer Camp in Greece shall take place between the 23rd June and 1st July 2007. It is the ideal opportunity to ally intensive training (2 hour lessons in the morning, another in the evening) , with holidays (one can eventually take a nap in the afternoon, and dance like the locals to work the hips out in the evening). Nikos Zouraris Sa Bom Nim, a regular visitor to France as a teacher, together with the masters surrounding him- Costa Papadopoulos from Creete, Vagueli Herakles, Yannis- are at the root of this course. A certain number of European students are awaited: Diego, a French group under Athena’s protection; most probably friends from Belgium, who often travel in numbers, sun-worshipping Brits, and more…


So, if at all possible, please make yourselves free for this date. It is promising to be a fabulous experience!

Nikos Zouraris Sa Bom Nim, singing a song from Crete.niko-singing-_800x600_.jpg

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22 mars 2007 4 22 /03 /mars /2007 22:43
- What do I wear?

- No Idea! Whatever you want…

- Dressed up or casual?


- Both. Slightly dressed up but still casual. You know: Sinch’uk Tension/ Relaxation. You should know, it’s in the 8 concepts! Remind me, what’s your grade? 2nd Dan…I do wish excitement wouldn’t make you forget the essential!


- I’m not excited, what are you talking about?! It’s the 8th time that I’m going to the Euro Soo Bahk Do, it’s become a habit!


- Yes, you are, like at how agitated you are! You’re going round in circles, you can’t find your stuff, you can’t make your bag, and you’re asking me questions to which you alone have the answers!


- No, I’m not excited, but I have nothing to wear. I’ve spent all my savings on course, trips, and imaginary do-boks…I’m not going to wear the same black trousers with the same white shirt for the 8th time in a row? Moreover, their style is out-dated.


- I’ll say again, think of the ess-en-tial!


- But what is it?


- The essential? To do what one knows what to do, to recognize what one doesn’t (Socrates and Confucius agree on that point!), to great unexpected experiences, to justly appreciate one’s friendships, to build events from them. Now that’s for the “international and national relations”.


Especially, never to think one is the best-it’s never true. Not to take protocol as a substantial difference between people, it avoids all kind of complex of inferiority with the youths, and all kind of spite from the elders. It’s primordial for people to talk to each other and for it to produce something interesting beyond our belittled individual capacities and the small things we think we own.


And concerning martial matters, it’s strictly the same: there is no difference between inside the do-jang and outside.

- I love it when you talk like that…And if I went there dressed in a tracksuit and trainers?


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25 septembre 2006 1 25 /09 /septembre /2006 21:37

Soo Bahk Do is a martial art of which roots dig deep in Korean Culture and traditions: moral principals such as the respect of Life (“hwal” in Korean), and of the necessary equilibrium between Man and Nature hold here a role of the first order. Are also considered as fundamental Solidarity between people and group-unity. Finally, high esteem is granted to the relation between those who teach and pass on knowledge, and those who listen, receive and study.

Even though certain Soo Bahk Do moves go back a few centuries, if not more (cf. Koguryo Dynasty tomb paintings), its’ modern form was born in 1945; Korea was relishing its’ newly found Freedom when Grandmaster Hwang Kee founded the School of Moo Duk Kwan in Seoul.

From the Sixties onwards, certain expatriated students contribute to making Soo Bahk Do known worldwide: today, its’ presence is accounted in over 30 Countries. In France, its’ import was due to Brothers Choï Eui-Jeong and Choï Eui-Sun.

Choï Eui-Sun Sa Bom Nim


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23 septembre 2006 6 23 /09 /septembre /2006 07:55
From July15th to 22d , a European summer camp in Switzerland took place in Obertschappina, a small village in the mountains. Soo Bahk Do practitioners from 8 different countries joined the session organized by Spoerri SBN to follow Kwan Jang Nim 's teaching. R.Guzman SBN and P.L de Guzman SBN from Mexico had also been invited and led training sessions. E.H Boussalaa and B. Schoonejans SBN from Belgium, U. Spoerri Nathalie Spoerri and Christian Preiss from Switzerland, and Shipley SBN for The Us also taught.

The day began with meditation and Moo Pal Dan Gum. As the sun came up on the horizon, Guzman SBN gave us detailed explanations of the movements and breathing. During the morning and afternoon training sessions, we mainly studied to improve chilsong hyungs and ho sin sool. After dinner, Kwan Jang Nim talked to us every evening about the 5 Moo Do values, the links between them, and how to apply them in our lives.
During free time, the most active and creative were the children: there were chest tournaments, dance practice in the hallways, drawings and soccer. Adults appreciated chatting outside in the moonlight, drinking fresh beer or eating an ice-cream.
As the sky remained blue all week long, every training session was given outside, in front of the stately Piz Beverin. Only on the last evening of the last day, as sa bom were training in chilsong Oro under Kwan Jang Nim's direction, a magnificent hail storm broke out, a natural way to end the camp.

Thank you to Jenny for corrections.

                                                                                                       EloStechillsong2.jpg                                            photo from Region 1 Australian website
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23 septembre 2006 6 23 /09 /septembre /2006 07:30

In conformity with the previously quoted principles, students practice with all levels, with the aim to promote help between them. Each student, however, follows a clearly defined course according to his skill and has to meet expected requirements.


Concerning the Learning of techniques, stress is put on:


- Reinforcing and making the body suppler. These are the sine qua non conditions for each move to be correctly accomplished, therefore helping the student to enjoy practice.


- Breathing exercises. Only breathing in rhythm and consciously can a move be truly efficient.


- Mastering concentration. It is the latter, much more than strength, which gives intensity to all techniques.

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