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What is Sunmudo
There are two types of Buddhist teachings, exoteric
and esoteric. Sunmudo(Zen Martial arts), a training methodic in
the form of esoteric Buddhism, has been secretly handed-down through
The training materializes an eight-fold path
developed within four noble truths into a series of body movements.
Sunmudo is a way to attain enlightenment through harmonizing
the body, mind, and breath.
By purifying and harmonizing the
three parts of karama-body, speech and thought, this training enables
one to accomplish samadhi and ultimately nirvana. This training
method consists of calming yoga, chakra breathing, health exercise,
dynamic martial art and weapon techniques.
One can attain a
peaceful mind and body through the harmonization of "dynamic
but calm" movement and reach the state of emancipation. Gumgang
Banyawon offers an opportunity for teens and adults to train and
develop a healthy physical education program and ultimately improves
a social sport culture.
This training should enhance a Buddhist's
faith and the energy obtained through this training will offer a
wholesome motive to purify society.
Sunmudo is a great way to unwind
from a stressful. It is a training method in the form of esoteric
Buddhism. this form has been secretly handed down through the centuries.
Sunmudo is a way to attain enlightenment through harmonizing the
mind, body and breath. The basic training consists of yoga
stretches, chakra breathing health exercises, dynamic martial art
and weapon techniques. It is both vigorous and calming.
2. History of Sunmudo
The Formal name of Sunmudo is Buddhism Gum Gang Young
Gwan. It is a training method to extinguish worldly pains and attain
The characteristic of this training is the harmonization
of the mind and body united with breathing. The trainers are adopt
Zen as a way of life.
Sunmudo is the Sun (Zen) martial art handed
down from generation to generation by Buddhist families from
the time when Buddha was alive 2,544 years ago. Sunmudo came
to Korea during the early years of the Shilla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D.936)
And influenced Hwarangdo. Hwarang which means the flower of youth
referred to the units of elite warriors,drawn from ruling class
families. The Zen martial art was then handed on to monk soldiers
during the Goryo Kingdom (918-1392). Until the Gabo Kyongjang or
Reform of 1894 during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910).
monks were encouraged to practice the Zen martial art. However,
it was neglected as the modernization of the country began to proceed
in late 19th century. The Most Venerable Yang Ik Sunim, a monk at
Bomosa temple revived the art by systematizing it. Then,the Venerable
Jeok Un Sunim, a monk at Golgulsa temple worked to popularize it
in the 1970s. The name, Sunmudo was given to the Zen martial art
by Jeok Un Sunim in 1984. 'Sun', is the way to attain an intuitive illumination
of mind and spirit through meditation. 'Mu' means "martial"
Those who practice Sunmudo say one can
attain a higher state of mind through both movement of body
and spiritual calm. Non-Buddhists tend to think of Sunmudo purely
as a martial art,but it is in fact a way to practice Zen. Along
with other martial arts such Taekkyon and Gyongdang. Sunmudo is
a traditional martial art of Korea that the Ministry of Culture
and Tourism and the National Tourism Corporation are recommending
Sunmudo is being taught not only in Seoul, Busan,
Daegu and other big cities in Korea. Olso in Los Angeles and Florida
as well Toronto in Canada, France-Toluse, Salzburg in Austria.