Han Mu Do

Han Mu Do is a traditional Korean martial art form founded by Dr. He-Young Kimm in 1989, after more than forty years of training & research in Korean martial arts systems. Han Mu Do is comprised of the study of empty hand techniques, the study of weapons, the study of Ki, and the study of martial arts philosophy.

Han Mu Do, founded by Dr. He-Young Kimm, is a comprehensive martial arts system comprised of the study of empty hand techniques, the study of weapons, the study of ki, and the study of martial arts philosophy. HanMudo was developed from knowledge that He-Young Kimm had accumulated over the last forty years through various teachers and personal experiences. This was not the first name he had given to this art. The first name, strongly recommended by Suk In-hyuk because it had been popular in the 1950’s, was Yuj Kwon Sul which means “Art of Throws and Punches.”

For a while, it was called Han Mu Yuh Kwon Sul, a name favoured by Ji Han Jae which means the “Korean Martial Art of Throws and Punches.”

Some groups from schools emphasizing ki training did not like the use of “Mu” because it meant “martial arts” and they believed that the ki training contained in Han Mu Do was more than martial arts training.

They simply called it Han Do, which means “Way of Korean Martial Arts.” Finally, in 1991, Kimm decided to call the art Han Mu Do. Han Mu Do should not be confused with the martial art of Han Moo Do. The martial art is being practised in places such as: the UK, America, India, Korea, Japan, the Netherlands and France.

Kimm has integrated the techniques and philosophies of various Korean martial arts systems, most founded in the 1950s, with new and innovative modern techniques into a single, comprehensive, balanced system.

He has also written several books about Korean martial arts, including “Kuk Sool,” “Philosophy of Masters,” “Hapkido” (commonly known as ‘The Hapkido Bible’), “Taekwondo: Self-Defense for Taekwondo Practitioners,” and “Han Mu Do (Textbook for the World Han Mu Do Association).”

He is currently working on the multi-volume “History of Korean Martial Arts”, a compendium of 30+ years of historical research, including direct interviews with many of the pioneers of modern Korean martial arts.

Techniques: Joint locks mainly target the wrist and elbow but there are also leg locks. Chokes are performed mostly with forearm and wrist. Throws and takedowns resemble judo and wrestling techniques but are not done elegantly. Kicks are mostly aimed at ribs or head and punches to the abdomen.

Kicks include most existing kicks known to mankind which are distinguishly performed from chest with speed and finesse as opposed to, for example, Muay Thai-style roundhouse kicks employed with a windup motion which results in more power. There is also an array of different empty hand strikes including, the standard puch and spearhand.

There is also a lot of weapon techniques taught including the use of swords, long and short poles, defence against knife attack and in higher grades archery is also taught.


Koong Sul: Archery
Korean archery, Japanese sword and the Chinese spear are the most famous and recognized traditional weapons in the Far East. The Korean bow, although shorter than other bows, is extremely powerful. Because of its length, it lends itself to efficient use while on horseback. In contrast to Western archery, the Korean arrow makes a curve to reach the target.

Kum Sul: Sword
The Im Jim War (1592-1598) between Korea and Japan was the dividing line of Korean sword history. To that point the Korean sword was traditionally straight. The main emphasis of the sword was thrusting and striking. After the Im Jim War the sword was now made with a curved blade. This change made it easier to slash rather than thrust. Bon Kook Kum, Cho Sun, She Bub, Je Do Kum, and Ssang Soo training were major sword drills used among the Royal Soldiers.

Bong Sul: Long Pole / Short Stick
The long pole and the spear had been used in the battlefield for many years. These weapons were easy to get and train with because the farmers and Buddhist Monks were already familiar with them.

The short stick was traditionally a six sided stick (Yuk Mo Bang Maeng Eh). This weapon was primarily used by the police and night watchmen.