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What is the Moo Moo Kwan?

What is the Moo Moo Kwan?

Why should you care?

By Master Guy Edward Larke

In the 21st century, we are inundated with information about styles, masters, secret techniques, trade secrets, and the like. One of the most controversial styles is that of hapkido. Choi Yong-Sool (1904 ~ 1986) founded it under some names until his student Ji Han-Jae coined the term Hapkido. Since then, art has literally spread all over the world. Almost every nation on the planet has hapkido associations or hapkido associations that run a number of schools in each region. In addition to Ji Han-Jae, Chang Chin-Il, Kim Moo-Hong, Kim Jung-Soo, Kim Yun-Sik, Lim-Chae-Kwan, Seo In-Hyuk, Seo In-Suh and Seo In-Suk were other pioneers. Among these many legends was another master who took Choi's teachings and went his own way. His name is Kim Yong-Man. He is the founder and president of the Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association. His Hapkido brand starts with its history.

It starts here ... Grand Master Kim was born on November 9, 1939 in Nonsan City in the Japanese-occupied nation known today as South Korea. To say that he was born in need is an understatement. Fortunately, control of the nation ended in 1945. From 1950 to 1953 he and his two older brothers studied martial arts with the neighborhood hairdresser. There were no large schools at that time. There was no room for "frivolous pastimes"; People were thankful that they had survived. Up to the age of 21, Kim practiced in taekwondo. At this point, art was already synonymous with children. It quickly turned out that adults who wanted real training switched to Choi Yong-Sul's Hapkido. This attracted young Kim from 21 to 24 years of age to study with the famous grand master in Daegu. After moving to Seoul, Choi's students continued to train him. Kim loved the wide range of techniques he was taught and the sincerity of those who shared her knowledge. He slowly began to add what he had learned as a teenager and continued exploring where he could. The Moo Moo Kwan was born in 1963. The masters quickly gathered to see this new, evolving synthesis of Korean martial arts. From the mid to late 1970s, Kim's group started going overseas, from Spain to the United States to Australia and even some nations in Africa. Today, MMK is based in South Korea, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Bahrain, Brazil, Paraguay, England, Iran, Portugal, Nepal, Chile, Bolivia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan.

The Moo Moo Kwan Federation has grown by leaps and bounds in part due to its “family system” approach to national and international management. There is no "king" or powerful hidden society to run the show. All school owners participate as a whole in the business activities of the MMK. Another profit factor is the constantly growing range of techniques and knowledge. The MMK really strives to reconcile the past, the present and the future. The advanced system offers a wide range of self-defense techniques, upper and lower body blows, falls, weapons, kickboxing and sports medicine. This may or may not be an eye-catcher in itself, but it is the constant adaptation and further development of the curriculum. The unsung hero of the organization is, in the eyes of many people, Grand Master Kim Ki-Ho. Born in 1967, he was born in the same area as the founder. Like many Koreans in the past, he was born into a large family. He was indoctrinated in 5th grade (elementary school) in Tae Kwon Do. The hard training helped him focus on something that not everyone in the nation had to endure. He switched to Hapkido when he entered high school. He found it stronger and had an amazing number of techniques. His then master was Grand Master Kim Cheol-Ung (the current President of the MMK). In 1983 he got his first black belt. Although it was not an easy task, it was an amazing life experience. When he was old enough, he wanted to teach art. In 1992, he opened a handful of Dojangs in Seongnam City, which he, his sons and some of his students continue to do today. Given his high rank (8th Dan) and his position as chairman of the international association, one would expect that at least a little ego was in him. From my 29 years in Korea, he is perhaps one of the most sincere martial artists and people. It's things like him that make the MMK a fast growing force in the martial arts world. For us foreign martial artists, the MMK organizes tests and regular seminars all over Korea every two months. The Masters Training Course takes place every November and is open to foreign black belts from all over the world. Contact the author for more information.

When I went to Korea 5 years ago, Master Guy introduced me to various hapkido masters in Seoul. The only one that impressed me was Master Ki-Ho Kim from the Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido Association. He is a quiet gentleman and a humble martial arts master. I also found that Momo Kwan Hapkido is not an organization that tries to make money quickly with foreigners. The following year I traveled to Seoul and took part in their national championships and met many of their instructors and masters who are also very down to earth. Your training appears to be modernized while maintaining traditional techniques. I then sent 20 of my young students to Korea twice to have him train them over the past two years. Taekwondo has been the most famous martial arts in Southeast Asia for over 50 years. It surpassed judo & karate. Therefore, it is not an easy task to teach people in this region new martial arts. Together with Master Guy's tireless efforts, we have managed to provide Moo Moo Kwan Hapkido to fifty Malaysian children and adolescents. They all trained and managed to go through as black belts. A special dojang will be set up shortly to open the lessons to beginners. To spread it in this region, we have developed a marketing strategy by hosting their 2021 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur and will distribute them along with a unique demo event.

GM Eng-Sin Tan, Korean Martial Arts and Culture Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Masters or school owners who are looking for the best way for their martial arts trip should seriously consider Moo Moo Kwan (MMK). I have been training in Korean martial arts since 1979. My journey with MMK started in 2005. I have had the most positive experiences with MMK since then. I recommend MMK to anyone who wants to join an active and authentic group of Korean and international masters, who share a common vision and who enjoy teaching Hapkido in a dynamic, modern and fun way. Events take place regularly, including well-organized seminars, competitions and teacher courses. MMK has many very experienced and respected martial arts leaders worldwide who have top-class technical skills and personal qualities. The MMK master network is always happy to pass on its knowledge and to add new members to the growing MMK family. I am proud to be part of MMK. (GM Craig Cairney, Melbourne Hapkido Academy, Australia)

 

 


GM Eng-Sin Tan, Korean Martial Arts and Culture Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Masters or school owners who are looking for the best way for their martial arts trip should seriously consider Moo Moo Kwan (MMK). I have been training in Korean martial arts since 1979. My journey with MMK started in 2005. I have had the most positive experiences with MMK since then. I recommend MMK to anyone who wants to join an active and authentic group of Korean and international masters, who share a common vision and who enjoy teaching Hapkido in a dynamic, modern and fun way. Events take place regularly, including well-organized seminars, competitions and teacher courses. MMK has many very experienced and respected martial arts leaders worldwide who have top-class technical skills and personal qualities. The MMK master network is always happy to pass on its knowledge and to add new members to the growing MMK family. I am proud to be part of MMK. (GM Craig Cairney, Melbourne Hapkido Academy, Australia)

 

 

Guy Edward Larke

Master Guy Edward Larke has spent the majority of his life enamored with martial arts, Asian culture and writing. These led him to move to Asia in 2000 where he remains to this day. Currently, he is living in Bundang, South Korea with his wife Gi-Ryung and their son Alex. Together they operate Kisa-Do Martial Arts & Marketing. He can be contacted on Facebook or at email!