Tenants of the Martial Arts
Loyalty to nation
Obedience to parents
Confidence in friends
Don’t retreat from enemy attacks
Refrain from senseless killing of all living things
I shall observe the Tenants of the Martial Arts and Ethical Rules
I shall obey my instructors and seniors
I shall never misuse the martial arts
I will be a champion of freedom and justice
I will make an effort to build a more peaceful world
Note: These words or phrases must be learned by all students and instructors. All Martial Artists should strive to live by these principals.
The following are key words and phrases in Korean used often in class and Taekwondo tournaments. Note: there are some Japanese phrases in RED for Judo students that are used in tournaments and in general practice. If you have a question about pronunciation or usage, please refer to your instructor for more information!
dee : belt (Obi)
gup: lower level belt ranks: white, yellow, orange belt etc.
dan: black belt level Ex.: 3rd Dan = 3rd level or 3rd degree black belt
dobok : uniform (Gi)
dojang : training hall or area (Dojo)
kyung nae: bow (Ré or Ray)
cha ryuht: attention (Ki o tsuké)
kihap : yell (a sound that helps with power and focus)
choon bi: ready seijak : begin (Hajimaé)
domahn: stop (also "mum cho") (Maté) bah ro : return to starting position
shiuh : relax
dweero dorah: about face (from a stop, turn and face opposite direction)
dorah : turn
Note: When moving into a stance or returning to relaxed position, move your LEFT foot only( LEFT foot moves first.) Instructors: Terms & Names
Kwan Jang Nim: Grandmaster (8th Dan or higher) * Can also be a head of school title
Chung Sah Nim: Chief Instructor
Sah Bum Nim: Instructor
Other items to be listed (in the future):
Samples of techniques in Taekwondo, Hapkido and Judo, Palgwe Forms and other information
An Article Written by Mr. Robert Elic, Assistant Instructor at Shin's Academy - Omaha
Traditional vs. Modern Martial Arts: History, Now and the Future
The term Martial Arts, translate into the “art and science of combat used in war and self defense”. I have expanded this translation due to the ever changing practice and application of the English translation of the original term,” martial arts”. This term is now and forever changed due to the expansion of training that moved from the strictly military application to the non-military combatants that practice martial arts for self defense rather than training for actual military combat.
A brief history
Many centuries ago, men drew up the sword, shield and their fists; to train for the ever present fear and reality of war. These warriors, from the epic battles of Greece to the plains of Africa to the far east that is now China; took up these implements and waged war on their fellow man seeking territory expansion, human slavery, wealth and power.
In about 600-200 B.C., Greece, an ancient polis state that was far ahead in military tactics and methods of war, became a leader in martial art training. These fearless and well trained martial artists were well renowned for bringing random fighting and organizing it to symbolize a united front. In the movie titled “300”, 300 Spartans were warriors on a different life path. And that’s basically true. The training involved learning stealth, cultivating loyalty to the Spartan group, military training (e.g. pain tolerance), hunting, dancing, singing and social (communicating) preparation. The word "agoge" meant in ancient Greek, rearing, but in this context generally meant leading, guidance or training. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agoge). This separated Spartans from other warring factions at the time. At this time, this warrior led country lead Greece to be a leader of the western world and fended off larger armies but only with soldiers that were able to come together and fight as team rather than individuals. This ancient art survives today in the form of Pankration. Though this art is less violent than the original of the grappling and Olympic form, it still contains the base elements that are still effective for self defense and self betterment.
Like the Greeks, the ancient Chinese (circa 600-900A.D.) were also honing their skills on the battlefield. The Chinese warriors learned how to wield various weapons such as the sword, bow, spear, hand to hand and most importantly, the invention of gunpowder. Many battles were decided by warriors that focused on pleasing the emperor and for family honor. This was the beginning of traditional martial arts as we know them. It is true that the hand to hand combative started 1000 before this however it was not until later that the ShaolinTemple was created and organized martial arts were created for the masses. Personally, I find it amusing that monks created a fighting style, of course to protect themselves from thieves and to promote self betterment. These peace loving devotees inspired modern styles of Jeetkundo, Wing Chung Kung Fu and even MMA (Mixed Martial Arts used in the UFC, Pride etc.) to some extent.
A New World Order
Of course there are many other cultures that inspired modern arts. In feudal Japan, the samurai, farmers and ninjas inspired Jujitsu, Karate and Taijitsu, as well as other modern equivalents. In Korea, Taekyon inspired Taekwondo. In Hawaii, an art started in the 1940’s called Kajukenbo comes from the original arts of which it was composed: KA for Karate, JU for Judo and Jujutsu, KEN for Kenpo and BO forBoxing. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajukenbo). Although this is a modern art, it is based on traditional styles. I believe that the founders of this art wanted to create an art that is useful and practical without all the fluff. In my opinion, several arts are changing and evolving into more stream lined and practical systems. We can see this in several arts such as Bruce Lee’s Jeet kun do, Steven Seagal Aikido, Chuck Norris’s Systems, MMA, and various other arts.
In this modern age, martial arts have history and traditions, ancient teachings and even video on YouTube as well as modern teachings to guide them. Although I am a traditionalist, I still have my judo students play soccer in class on occasion. Soccer, am I nuts? Maybe a little, but the soccer matches teach them better foot work especially in passing the ball. I have found in a years’ time, that their footwork is much better for sweeping and foot placement. The kids look forward to this and I do too!
Personally, I love MMA and grappling as well as the Olympic martial arts of Judo and Taekwondo. I can see the tradition flowing through these events. For example, MMA is based on the Roman gladiators of yesteryear. With two people fighting each other and only one are being the victor. Barbaric in nature, yes it is. However, it is a wonderful insight into the ancient history that is the martial arts as well as what works and what doesn’t in self defense application.
In my opinion, hard training is what is needed to achieve success in today’s modern martial arts. Do I believe being mean and hardcore is a must? No, I don’t. But a little blood on your uniform, saying yes sir and no sir, and instilling the classic way of the warrior; could only be beneficial to the new wave of martial artist coming up the ranks. Without some tradition we loose our perspective on our art and our own training.
For example, my head instructors (Kwanjongnim), both in the USA(GM Suk ki Shin and South Korea (Master Yu), were both educated at Yongin University in South Korea. I saw this disciple, physical and rough, first hand. The results are noticeable, if not impressive and world renowned. All the students were very proficient, if not world caliber, in their art. No one lagged behind. In fact, Yongin University is a leader in producing Olympians and top instructors in Judo, Taekwondo, Hapkido and Yongmoodo, (which since 1976, has taken Taekwondo, Hapkido, Aikido, Boxing and other martial art forms into its’ system and developed a new modern art.) (To learn more about Yongin: http://int.yongin.ac.kr/eng/academics/ug_programs.htm)
In closing, Traditional vs. modern martial arts can be debated on various paths, opinions, strategies and various other levels. But traditional arts are our backbone, our guide and our past. Modern arts is the now and future. Without both, martial arts can not survive and thrive in this new world of self defense training and beyond.
Note: This article is Mr. Elic's personal experience and research and does not reflect Shin's Academy directly or that of its students.
- Take off shoes upon entering the training area (guests may wear socks)
- ALWAYS - Bow at the entrance, upon entering and exiting the training area
- No chewing gum or eating in class
- No wearing hats in class
- No using profanity (bad language) or screaming/yelling;be quiet and learn
- Be polite at all times! Say yes sir/ma’am, when asked to reply!
- Wear a clean uniform
- Make sure your belt is tied correctly at the beginning of class and throughout class
- Listen to instructors and respond with yes sir/ma’am and no sir/ma’am
- Pay attention and follow instructions. If you have a question raise your hand.If you need to use the restroom or leave early from class, ask for the instructor’s permission.
- Do not look people in the eye when you bow as it shows disrespect
- Shake hands with two hands or one hand with the other hand supporting your arm
- Make sure your lines are straight and that you are lined up correctly in rank order
- Remember that you are practicing Martial Arts! Give the art, your instructor, and fellow students respect at all times.
- Enjoy the friendships, the instructors, and above all; learning the Martial Arts, now and in the future!
Several of our former and current students are notable Martial Artists, both in the traditional sense as well as in the competition ring. All adult Black belts at Shin’s Academy can defend themselves and have learned discipline and respect through Grandmaster Shin’s methodology; continuing these traditions and passing these lessons onto the next generation. At Shin’s Academy, we believe our school is one large family organization. Our students, instructors,other locations, and a large group of partner schools in 5 states that share one vision and purpose; to teach, learn, grow and support each other in the pursuit of learning the Martial Arts. In fact, we have over 15 students that have been at Shin’s Academy for over 20 years!
Our instructors guide students in learning martial arts for self-defense; while maintaining the highest levels of moral standard. In other words, our students learn to fight when needed but refrain from doing so unless absolutely necessary. At Shin’s, children learn to say please and thank you, address people in appropriate manner, instruct their fellow peers and have fun! Adults learn what it means to be a Martial Artist and the ability to defend ones’ self from bodily harm. In short, our classes are centered on technique, focus, power and disciple.
Since 1972, Shin’s Academy has been serving the Omaha area with the finest Martial Arts instruction in the Midwest. Our school prides itself on teaching the methodology of Grandmaster Suk Ki Shin, focusing on students learning the Martial Arts as well as becoming a well-rounded individual.
We enrolled my 9 year old in Shin’s Academy for two reasons; Master Shin was highly recommended and my husband knew the great legacy of Shin’s Academy from his own childhood.
Shin’s is a very professional organization and sets high standards for its students. It’s been great to see my son build self esteem and self control in a really positive environment, and for that it’s been a perfect fit for him.
- K. Gailloux
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