TAE KWON DO
Taekwondo has been developing with the 5000-year long history of Korea and have become one of the systematic and scientific traditional martial arts to date. Taekwondo teaches more than physical skills but the dynamics of discipline and magnifies our spiritual life using our mind and body. Taekwondo is a global sport that has earned reputation internationally, and is an official game at the Olympics.
Even though Taekwondo is one word in Korean, it is composed of three parts as shown in the English spelling. “Tae” means “foot or to kick”; “Kwon” means “fist”; and “Do” means “way.”
When composed of all three meanings into a singular meaning, Taekwondo can be interpreted and understood as “the precise way of using all parts of the body to prevent fights and help to build a peaceful and higher quality way of life.”
In the course of evolution of Taekwondo, it has gained different characteristics of styles that existed in the martial arts of the countries surrounding Korea but still possesses its own unique characterization. Foremost, Taekwondo is very dynamic with physical movements including different kicks, punches and blocks that is in sync with the mind and psychology. Taekwondo is characterized by unity of the body, mind and life through the motion and practices of form, or as known as “poom-sae.” This is where Taekwondo is different from any other street-fighting skills by pursuing equilibrium and improvements of life through its own unique principles and activities.
Cho’s Martial Arts works in affiliation with the World Taekwondo Federation (W.T.F), the international governing body of Taekwondo.
HAP KI DO
Hap Ki Do is one of the Korean martial arts. In the Korean language, Hap means "harmony", Ki describes internal energy, spirit, strength or power; and Do means "way" or "art". Thus Hapkido translates as "the way of coordinating energy". Hapkido employs joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks and other strikes primarily for self-defence.
Hapkido practitioners learn to use and control their own "Ki" and that of the attacker. This is because Hapkido emphasizes circular motion, non-resistive movements and control of the opponent. Although Hapkido contains both outfighting and infighting techniques, the end of most situations is to get near for a close strike, lock or throw. Hapkido practitioners seek to gain advantage through techniques, avoiding the use of strength against strength.
Cho's Martial Arts work in affiliation with World Hap Ki Do that is the International Federation governing body of the martial arts of Hap Ki Do practitioners world-wide.
HAE DONG KUM DO
Hae Dong Kum Do (Kumdo) is a Korean martial art based on the use of the Korean sword and is a modern system compiled from the ancient traditional sword techniques of Korea. The movements are primarily circular and derive their power from centrifugal force of the body. Training develops strength, coordination, balance, focus, stamina, speed and flexibility. Master Cho is one of the few grandmasters outside of Korea qualified to teach this beautiful art. Dedicated practitioners of Hae Dong Kum Do engage in the practice on kibun(basic), kumbum(pattern), yaksuk daeryun(step sparring), sparring hada(free sparring), chingeom gyeokgeom(sparring with live blades), gi gong(energy building exercises) and begi(cutting practice). Beginners practice with mokgeom (wooden sword).
Sparring practice begins with the jukdo (bamboo sword) and progresses to mokgeom and chingeom. The kumbum of Haedong Kumdo were derived from the mechanics of Gicheon(a Korean from of martial arts similar to Tai Chi) and various sword patterns found within the Muye Dobo Tongji (Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts). Baldo and chakgeom forms (drawing and sheathing the sword) were also developed.
Kumdo may be generally characterized as exchanging multiple strikes of the sword in contrast to the one strike concept characterized by the Japanese method.
The merits and limitations of each of the philosophies may be debated endlessly. Probably the best way to characterize the main difference between Japanese Kendo and the Korean Hae Dong Kum Do styles is through training philosophy: the Japanese technique primarily focuses on one-versus-one or individual combat. The Korean technique primarily focuses on one-versus-many or battlefield combat.
The essence of Hae Dong Kum Do is Shim Kum. Shim Kum is the unification of the mind, body and spirit expressing itself through the use of the sword. It implies a technical mastery of the sword, but transcends technical limitations. One can be "technically perfect" but sill not achieve shim kum. Shim kum is what makes Hae Dong Kum Do not only a martial science, but also a martial art.
Cho's Martial Arts works in affiliation with International Federation of Korea Hae Dong Kum Do Association that is the International Federation governing body of Hae Dong Kum Do globally and our very own Grandmaster Cho is the founder of this very own International Ferderation.