Hoi Jeon Moo Sool

Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is a form of Korean martial arts that was developed by Grandmaster Myung Jae Ok (명재옥, b. 1938) which uses circular motions in order to direct an opponent’s power against him/her. Hoi Jeon Moo Sool means “the circular martial art.”

Hoi Jeon Moo Sool means “the revolving martial art.” where (Hoi Jeon) means to revolve and (Moo Sool) means martial art.

Hoi Jeon Moo Sool or Circle Motion Martial Art is the “Ultimate Self Defense System” for both men and women, regardless of age. Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is a gentle, almost effortless self defense system where you use your opponents’ attack to defeat him.

Swiftly counter the attack, break his balance, and pin him into submission using a simple circular movement. Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is a defensive martial art specializing in circular trapping blocks, wristlocks, arm pins, and unbalancing throws to neutralize and control aggressors without the need to cause serious injury to the attacker. This makes Hoi Jeon Moo Sool a highly refined and specialized self defense system that not only enables you to defeat your enemy but to also control him.

Most of the people think that fighting is synonymous with muscles. However, Hoi Jeon Moo Sool came to break this rule. This “revolving art” uses the opponent’s power against him/her.

The Hoi Jeon Moo Sool-logo consists of three main colors, red, blue, and white. These three colors are symbols of three phenomena.

The red color resembles the sky, the blue color resembles the earth, and the white color, which separates the red and the blue colors, resembles human being. These phenomena accumulate to make a spiritual power (ki), which is written in Chinese words at the middle of the logo.

Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is a very old style that uses hand, foot and weapons techniques. The techniques that comprise Hoi Jeon Moo Sool were developed from the ancient Martial Art of Dol Gae Sul. Dol Gae Sul was founded by King Tae Jo during the Koryo Dynasty of Korea (994-1392 A.D.).

King Tae Jo, inspired by the force of circular motions and movements found in nature, developed the art so that the people of his kingdom could defend themselves during the turbulent times of war in the region. The techniques used to develop Dol Gae Sul and Hoi Jeon Moo Sool date back as far as 5,000 years.

Myung Jae Ok, founder of Hoi Jeon Moo Sool, and his younger twin brother, Myung Jae Nam, studied martial arts together for a long time. It was however Myung Jae Nam who took the lead and became the more established martial artist. Myung Jae Ok broke away from the International Hapkido Federation of his brother to start his own organization.

Hoi Jeon Moo Sool bares a lot of similarities with the art of Myung Jae Nam which is known has Hankido. In the years after the break-up the two arts both grew in different directions, but a lot of the similarities remained. Especially the emphasis on circular movements.

Philosophy: A reason to study any martial art can be to train the mind and body. When you study a martial art, you will be able to recognize a bad situation and refuse to be a part of it. You will develop a true and confident mind and body through training, which enables them to function as one. Ability doesn’t come easy. Ability comes from training hard with a lot of sweat. Train hard and practice your techniques every day, this in turn will help the mind and body to function as one. Every day should be a new challenge and you should try to learn something new. This philosophy will enable you to free yourself from fear of unknown events and dangerous people.

Techniques: Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is made of five categories:

  • Kyeok Ki: Kyeok Ki is an attacking technique which contains attacking hand techniques, blocking hand techniques and kicking techniques.
  • Tu Ki: Tu Ki, also Du Ki, is a self-defense technique which contains throwing techniques, choking techniques and locking techniques.
  • Mu Ki: Mu Ki is a weapons technique which contains Jang Kum (long sword), Jung Kum (middle sword), Dan Kum (short sword), Jang Bong (long staff), Jung Bong (middle staff), Dan Bong (short staff), Bu Chae (fan), Pyo Chang (sharp nails), Ji Pang Ei (cane), Tee (belt), Ssang Jeol Bong (short sticks connected by a chain).
  • Hwal Ki: Hwal Ki is the “revival” technique which teaches all the body’s pressure points, physiotherapy, muscular system, bone structure, and acupuncture.
  • Nae Ki: Nae Ki is a tecnhique that teaches you how to develop your inner strength (ki), breathing techniques, mind control and develop (KI) with a certain forms.

All these techniques following steps way of Hoi Jeon Moo Sool (Bo Beob), which make your movements smoother with any technique. Bo Beob contains, Tae Geuk Bo Beob (directions steps) and Hoi Jeon Bo Beob (Revolving steps).