After an instructive classroom weekend in North Rhine-Westphalia with Grand Master Jens Wilke, it should be 600 kilometers further south, in the Bavarian Dojang of the Yi-Jing-Do Academy and thus at the headquarters of HAPKIDO magazine with the visit of Grand Master Professor Song, Soon Ki and his Korean demo team go on. As in previous years, our Dojang once again served our Korean guests as a home for overnight stays and at the same time as a starting point for trips to Munich and Garmisch, to our Bavarian sights. On Wednesday, in the late afternoon, just in time for the Hapkido children's training, our guests could also get a small impression of our Hapkido lessons in the Yi-Jing-Do Academy. As always before class, one of our Korean guests pulled one of 64 I Ching sticks out of the bamboo stream. The drawn picture was then discussed after a small gossip meditation. (The whole or broken lines of the six-line picture are first clapped by the master and then clapped by the children and guests by ear)
A mindfulness ritual with a meditative character, which helps the children who are suffering from school stress to concentrate on the "here and now". The two trigrams were then illuminated in their symbolic power and discussed in more detail. The stick drawn today represents picture # 43 and thus shows the reflecting lake over a strong sky. "Potential power, the" breakthrough, determination "are the synonyms of this picture, which in our Yi-Jing-Do Academy, the the following Hapkido demo of our Korean guests couldn't have been better described!
The young Koreans were amazed as well as interested because this type of meditation and contemplation seemed new to them. Our Korean guests were also able to get excited about the gymnastics, rolling and falling exercises practiced by our students in the Yi-Jing-Do Academy. With a bit of pride it is a pleasure for us to be able to show something new even to such Hapkido professionals. Our students showed what they had learned in class from Master Uwe Wischhöfer and shone with roles, wheels, case school exercises. But what we saw from our Korean guests was pure energy in motion!
The demo team consisted of students from various Korean schools and was invited and accompanied by Prof. Song to Germany for the cultural exchange due to their ability. After the demo, the over 70-year-old Hapkido Grand Master did not miss the opportunity to demonstrate himself on the top-class mat Hapkido. He showed with his walking stick that hapkido can still be practiced well at an advanced age. The youthful attackers of Prof. Song flew like a hurricane after the attacks in a high arc on the mat. A highlight that our own students, as well as all viewers, could get excited about and still tell about it today. I also had the opportunity to speak to Professor Song, Soon-Ki, chairman of the new Korean Hapkido Association, in person. The acting representative of Prof. Song in Germany, Grand Master Jens Wilke, will inform you about this in further issues of our magazine.
Yours Uwe Wischhöfer