Hwa Rang Do, or “The way of the flowering knights” is a detailed, comprehensive Korean martial art that was developed during the early 1960s by Joo Bang Lee and Jeong Hyeon Do. This technique is more refined and advanced than its karate and judo cousins. While it shares many attributes with these other disciplines, there are distinct differences that set this art apart.
Hwa Rang Do shares many fundamental aspects with other martial arts, but there are significant differences in technique, goal, and method. Hwa Rang Do is an all round combat system. It incorporates various striking and blocking techniques, including joint locking and grabbing holds, combined with joint locking throws, flexibility, gymnastics, military precision, and internal power. The art emphasizes internal power and the integration of energy and spirit, and brings the practitioner to a state of awareness that allows them to focus and direct their movements without being limited by the traditional concepts of karate and Judo. In this sense, Hwa Rang Do is similar to the world headquarters of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, the UFC, but is much more in depth and focuses on training for functional strength and endurance rather than top notch technique.
Most martial arts do not have a founder, and Hwa Rang Do is no exception. Historically, the founder of any martial arts style can be chosen from one of two characterizations: a dragon or a crane. The original founder of Hwa Rang Do was named Oh Sung, and according to some sources, was from the Goryeo kingdom in Korea. It is unclear why he was so highly revered. Some claim he was a spy for the communist North Korean government, and others say he was the son of a royal family. No matter what the cause, the name Oh Sung lives on in his legacy as the founder of Hwa Rang Do.
Oh, Sung established Hwa Rang Do by borrowing the fighting techniques from the Chinese martial arts and developing them into a fighting system that incorporated aspects of each of the three disciplines. Many of his techniques are adopted from the Chinese system Tiger claw, which he studied under the master of the Tai Chi Chuan in the country of Chungju. From the time of his death, in 1957, Oh Sung’s widow adopted the name Hwa Rang Do. There has been much speculation as to whether he was really the founder of the martial arts style, but one way to look at it is that he really created the system with the input of other martial arts specialists. After all, there are many martial arts techniques that evolved from the Tiger claw set of training, including such staples as Goju-Ryu, a form of Wing Chun, and the Sanchin Kata, which are part of the original teachings of Sun Tzu.
Hwa Rang Do was designed to be highly functional and practical
so it makes sense that Oh created a fighting system that would make an excellent student. The Korean martial art is very dynamic and the kicks, strikes and blocks all have high energy levels. The flowing motion of the forms is designed to attack without striking or delivering any “soft” blows. The focus is on using power with accuracy, and not leaving the enemy vulnerable to a single blow. This is a concept that is similar to other striking styles like Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, but is slightly more refined and developed. The basic premise behind Hwa Rang Do is that a student must be able to use all his energy in order to strike effectively.
There are many stories that surround Hwa Rang Do. One of the most famous of these is that of the so-called Guru of Goju-Ryu, Bruce Lee, who supposedly trained with him and later on became one of his closest confidants. Another very famous practitioner of this martial art was Won Ju Sui, who was a Chinese martial artist who lived in Japan and was one of the first to develop the concept of Hwa Rang Do as a self-defense system. He is said to have been the first to apply the concepts Lee had learned to the practitioner of Goju-Ryu Karate, and even came out with a book that would teach this form of combat. Today, there are many students who take up the karate tradition, and there are even more who consider it to be their own individual style of fighting skill.
Hwa Rang Do has become something of an icon in the United States, especially in areas such as Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, which are typically considered to be the south. Many cities and municipalities have incorporated it into their local law enforcement agencies as well, and there have been several movies made about this incredible martial art. There are clubs everywhere in the US where you can go to train in this wonderful and unique martial art, and you can also find plenty of websites on the Internet, both national and international, that can help you learn about it. If you are looking for a good introduction to the world of Hwa Rang Do as a whole, as well as a great way to stay in shape while you’re at the same time learning a new martial art, then look no further than Bruce Lee’s website.
In addition to teaching Hwa Rang Do around the country and teaching the art to students from all over the world, Bruce Lee also established several schools and even a division within the U.S. armed forces, which is what prompted him to travel to the world headquarters of the United States military, as he did in the movie “How Bruce Lee Changed the World.” There, he shared with the military personnel and their families his secrets of Hwa Rang Do. You can even watch some of this information online today.
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