Prior to any pictures, paintings or drawings all Moo Doe (traditional martial arts) history came from legends. Historically, there are different movements and different legends associated origin of Moo Doe. Many of these are tied with “Bagwa”. Some people believe Bagwa was a person. Others see Bagwa is a style of martial art or a pattern of movement. Some people say that the Bagwa style originated about 200 to 400 years ago. Others argue that it is an ancient martial arts form which dates back several thousand years. The Oom Yung / Chung Moo martial arts follow the legend that Bagwa was the name of a real person and that he was the founder of the Oom Yung / Chung Moo line of martial arts about 1500 to 2000 years ago.
Throughout history the given names of the different styles of martial arts have evolved and the form and movement have been refined. It was also common for each Grandmaster to select a unique name (given name) to distinguish that generation of form and movement from the original.
Today, Oom Yung / Chung Moo line is taught in the United States and throughout the world under the name Oom Yung Doe by Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. It encompasses all the forms and movements taught over the centuries since the time of the first generation Grandmaster “Bagwa”. The seventh generation Grandmaster, Wang Po, taught the Oom Yung line of Moo Doe under the given name of Yin Yang Doe. Other styles of East Asian Moo Doe were incorporated into the original Oom Yung / Chung Moo line by Grandmaster “Iron” Kim. Today about twenty percent of the Oom Yung Doe / Chung Moo Doe style is derived from other styles of East Asian martial arts. These are taught through our “8 Martial Arts Taught as 1” program.
Instruction under the guidance of Grandmaster “Iron” Kim is available in the Oom Yung Doe schools here in the Pacific Northwest. Programs are available for all levels of students and people of all ages and conditions. To learn more or get stared, simply call the number in the upper right corner or request more information using the form you will find there.