This article is from the Martial Arts FAQ, by Matthew Weigel firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
(Contributor: Eric S. Raymond - email@example.com)
Moo Do is a new, eclectic style founded by Grand Master Chae T. Goh,
built on Tae Kwon Do but incorporating a much wider range of
techniques than most TKD schools. The name means "Warrior's Way". In
1972, Master Goh came to America after a remarkable history of success
as a student, teacher, and innovator in several martial arts in Korea,
Japan, and Vietnam. Moo Do combines Tae Kwon Do kicking, Karate
punching, and Hapkido grappling and throwing techniques. The style
focuses on street-usable techniques and forms, as both technique
practice and a way of pursuing the `do' or self-improvement aspect of
the art. Sport and competition fighting are de-emphasized.
Movements and forms are basically linear, but with a lot of training
in 45-degree shifts for evasion. A wide range of grappling and
throwing techniques designed specifically for common self-defense
situations on the street are included. Each class begins with
stretching and aerobic exercise. The classes are physically
challenging, but there's a strong tradition of adapting to what the
student's body can handle. Kick-punch combinations and
multiple-technique attacks are pushed hard from the beginning.
Sparring begins at intermediate levels.
Basic meditation is part of the curriculum. Students are instructed
in the ethics of the Hwarang Do, including loyalty to nation and
family, truthfulness, keeping one's word, loving kindness to one's
spouse, and the necessity to "justify your means" when using force.
Senior students are required to research and write essays on various
topics in the art to pass belt tests.