Am Mu-Do is a modern Korean
Martial Art which has taken 2000 years to evolve. It is a combination of several traditional Martial Arts such as Tae Kwon
Do , Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu and weapon techniques. It incorporates both mental and physical aspects, it teaches
meditation, proper breathing, kicking and punching. It utilizes joint locking, pressure point strikes, rolling and grappling
techniques and the use of weapons.
Ko: is the mental aspect of the art. It
means Heaven or Sky and refers to a person's personal dreams, visions, and goals. It develops a students discipline, respect
and patience. It encourages goal setting and allows a student to develop his own philosophy. More
knowledge leads to higher goals. This relates to martial arts goals and your goals in life as well. Ko is represented by a
circle and the color red, a symbol of positive energy.
Am: means rock
mountain or earth in Korean. This is symbolic in many ways and is represented by the color blue. It is the persistence, strength,
patience, and energy of the art. The student is determined to achieve his or her goals. Hard work, failing, and trying again
is part of the plan. Through training and discipline they know they will reach their goals. As you need concentration and
focus to climb a mountain, so you need these attributes and more to move through the ranks of the white belt to black. As
climbing one mountain leads to another, so does one belt level lead to another. As you gain experience from climbing a mountain,
both good and bad, you gain experience from Ko Am Mu-Do. Nothing happens until you actually do
something. This becomes the action philosophy of the martial arts. This action leads to more knowledge. As you develop more
experience and knowledge, your goals get higher. This relates to your goals in life as well. The good experiences might be
performing a good technique or form, or winning at sparring or at a competition. The bad experience might be a injury or being
embarrassed. In any event you will gain knowledge and learn to be a better person because of the experiences.
the mountain, have patience and use your concentration and focus. This is how to climb the mountain and learn Ko Am Mu-Do
Mu: means Martial Art. It is the strength or power and the physical aspect of the art. You
will develop accuracy, balance and coordination. You will increase your power and develop a good foundation for learning your
techniques. The experiences will lead to an increase in courage, self-confidence and self-esteem. The Mu is represented by
a sphere and the color blue.
Do: means "The
Way" in Korean. It is the essence of the art. It is a philosophical way. It comes about after training in the martial arts.
The student practices, theorizes, and practices again. After much practice he finds his own answers. The Do is the spirit in the development of the mind, body, and spirit that studying a Martial Art gives you. The Do becomes a way
of life. It is represented by a triangle.
summary, studying Ko Am Mu-Do will give you many benefits. You will achieve mental benefits. You will learn discipline, respect,
gain patience, confidence and self-esteem. You will earn to set and then reach your goals. The physical benefits are no less
important. You will increase accuracy, balance and coordination. You will kick, punch, and block with more power and strength.
You will be more flexible (mentally and physically) and less prone to injury. Finally, with the
benefits and experiences you will develop a philosophy and way of life. Your mental outlook as well as your body will improve.
You will look and feel healthier. These are the benefits and goals of Ko Am Mu-Do.
Thus the study of Ko Am Mu Do is the art of human life that
is as limitless as the heavens but is still grounded on solid, fundamental principles.