ABOUT MOO DO
Grand Master Chae T. Goh was a student and teacher
of several martial arts in Japan, Korea and Vietnam before coming
to the United states in 1972. His Moo Do style was build on Tae
Kwon Do's kicking foundation, but he expanded the techniques
to include punching from karate and grappling and throws from Hapkido.
Moo Do focuses on street usable techniques and even
though the forms are linear it teaches 45 degree angle evasion
techniques and incorporates kicking-punching combinations and multiple-technique
attacks for common sense self defense.
Breathing techniques and Chi-Focus techniques are
also taught from the beginning of the Moo Do students training.
As the student progresses, internal strength is increasingly emphasized
and the techniques of fighting become much more subtle and take
on a more Hapkido-like feel.
A Moo Do student's training includes the use of the
sword, staff and nunchaku as well as the practice of meditation
which is based on ethics of the Hwarang Do. These ethics include
loyalty to one's nation and family, truthfulness, keeping one's
word, loving kindness towards one's spouse, and the necessity of "justifying
your means" when using force.