The Chung Moo Doe
CHUNG MOO DOE — Literal translations of “Chung Moo Doe” can include a simple definition of “True Military Way” or “True Martial Arts.” If limited to simple abstract meanings it can also mean “Mind-Body-Way.” However someone familiar with the basic principles of the East Asian philosophy of Yin and Yang will readily recognize that “mind and body” also represent the balance of harmony of nature.
Leader: John C. Kim, aka Chong Su Nim “Iron” Kim, Alternate Names of the Group: Chung Moo Quan, Oom Yung Doe, 8 Martial Arts for Health.
The tiger is symbolic of the physical world while the dragon signifies the mental or spiritual world. Together they represent a harmony between the two. The Chinese symbol Yin/Yang (Oom Yung) stands for balance in life.
The meaning of “Chung Moo Doe” is “a way to develop mental and physical harmony,” or “(through practice) a way to develop harmony of the mind and body.”
Grandmaster Iron Kims Moo Doe moral principles have been shared with, and have positively impacted, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. His message will resound time and time again, long after he is gone, to benefit future generations for centuries to come.
From the dawn of civilization, three primary challenges have existed for every human to achieve success in their life. The first challenge is to have good physical health by achieving physical harmony of the body.
The second challenge is to have sound mental health and mental harmony, through which you can have a life filled with joy and happiness. Spiritual health or spiritual harmony, the third challenge, can best be reached by purifying the soul. Once purified, you can experience the tranquility of boundless inner peace.
The primary goal of traditional Moo Doe practice over the centuries has been to attain longevity and maintain a superb quality of life by achieving harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Moo Doe practice is one of the fastest ways to achieve complete balance of the body. Even into the golden years of the 80s and 90s, the Moo Doe practitioner can retain the full physical activity of his youth and remain mentally sharp and alert.
As a result, and perhaps more importantly, by keeping the soul spiritually purified, a good quality of life can be maintained with the wellness that comes from inner peace. This good quality of life translates into longevity with a healthy mind, body and soul. Without achieving a harmonious balance of the mind, body and soul (spirit), it is all too common that people sense a loss of lifes meaning. Without meaning, the pain and suffering of this deep loss causes the wounded soul to constantly search for new directions.
Unlike your physical and mental health, which can be affected by your financial standing to some degree, wealth is immaterial to your spiritual wellness. You can borrow knowledge to help improve yourself and your life. You can buy material comforts to help ease your mental and physical pain and suffering but no amount of material comforts can bring someone spiritual inner peace and harmony.
Many Westerners more and more have been studying the languages of East Asia. In Oriental languages some people can only repeat literal definitions of words and phrases. Someone from East Asia who has at least a college education understands that besides the literal definitions, there are important abstract or derived meanings in the languages of East Asia.
“CHUNG” — Some of the definitions of the word “Chung” are “true, right, correct, upright, straight, just at, adjust, principal, chief, January and whole.” These definitions include primary, secondary and derived meanings of the word. Abstract meanings are derived from the basic word but have developed over time into distinct meanings of their own. The basic principle of “Chung” (true, right, correct) represents concepts only possible through rational thought. East Asian scholars recognize one abstract meaning of “Chung” to include “Mental” or “mind.”
“MOO” — Likewise definitions of “Moo” include “military (martial), warlike, fierce, firm, and violent.” These are concepts of physical action. Abstract meanings of the word “MOO” include “physical” or “body.”
“DOE” — Definitions of the word “Doe” include “road, way, path, truth, principle and province.”You might also like: