What is Ko Am Mu-Do?

Ko 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 , Hapki Do, 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 is many ways. 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 ambition, persistence, and determination to climb a mountain, so too to move through the ranks of white to black belts. 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 gain 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 an injury or an embarrassing moment. In any event you will gain experience and therefore be a better, stronger person. Respect the mountain, have patience and use your concentration and focus. This is how to climb the mountain and learn Ko Am Mu-Do as well.

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 to build upon with solid 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 the philosophical way. It manifests after thorough training in the martial arts. The student practices, theorizes, and practices again. After much practice the student finds his own answers. The Do is the spirit with which the martial art student undertakes his journey. It becomes his or her way of life. It is represented by the triangle.

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 focus, concentration, balance and body 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 bhe 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.