Moo Yea Do

Summary

Tiger Yang created a unique form of martial art, which he decided to call Moo Yea Do. Yang has a long history of martial arts. Having studied disciplines like Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Aikido, Wing Chun, Judo, Kempo and Jujutsu, he extracted elements in each of these martial art forms and created a new form he called Moo Yea Do in the late 70’s.

History / Origins

ETYMOLOGY

Moo Yea Do is a Korean phrase translated as “the path of discipline”. It comes from the synthesis of classical techniques like Taekwondo and other Korean martial arts, but puts more emphasis on the harmony between body, mind and spirit.

BEGINNINGS

Grandmaster Tiger Yang was born as Song Yang in 1945 to an apple farmer who also ran a martial arts school in South Korea. In the Yang family, martial art was something that was passed down from generation to generation and Song Yang began training at the early age of 6 years along with 10 of his brothers. During that time Korean martial arts was outlawed by the Japanese who occupied South Korea so, much of it was done in secret and sometimes disguised in folk dancing. The Yang style was unorthodox and somewhat brutal, requiring that the boys stand under an ice-cold waterfall, or spend a considerable amount of time holding buckets up in mid air without spilling their contents. The idea behind this was to teach the young boys to use their minds to overcome pain and any sort of challenge that might come their way. Young Song Yang was particularly tenacious in executing some of these techniques earning himself the name “Tiger” which stuck and became the name he would be called from then on.

Tiger spent some time teaching Martial Arts to Korean soldiers before moving to the United States for greener pastures. He soon realized that he would need to find a way to make a living and to do this he opened his own training school in Fullerton, California teaching his own unique style of martial arts he would call Moo Yea Do.

PRESENT DAY

Even though the Japanese banned native Korean martial arts, several styles flourished and grew underground. The indigenous styles also evolved into something else. When the Japanese repression ended, these martial art forms came to the for, some were obviously different and other were completely new because they had hybridized so many styles that were not even Korean by origin. Moo Yea Do is a hybrid form of martial art that seems to subscribe to the tenets of most martial arts styles that challenged the limits and boundaries imposed by old-school disciplines. It is safe to say that like other forms of hybrid martial arts like Jeet Kune Do, Moo Yea Do is open to further evolution.

FOLKLORE

Tiger Yang the creator of Moo Yea Do is a 10th Dan, black belt holder in Taekwondo, which is a level that very few people, attain in their lifetime. He had been training all his life to achieve the martial art expertise that he has and his training is the kind that Kung-Fu legends are made of. Imagine, at 6 years old practicing to still the mind under an ice-cold waterfall or balancing heavy pails of water in your shoulders for a considerable time. What might have seemed like cruel punishment, turned out to be the very thing needed to build a strong mind in a fighter. Song Yang became very good at this and earned the name Tiger for his perseverance and tenacity. He learnt to use his mind to overcome the discomfort and pain that came with the training.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South Korea
TIME OF ORIGIN: c. late 1970's
PRACTISED: Approx. 42 years
FOUNDERS:

Grandmaster Tiger Yang

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Hybrid

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Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Aikido, Wing Chun, Judo, Kenpo, Jujutsu

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Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Aikido, Wing Chun, Judo, Kenpo, Jujutsu

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COUNTRY: South Korea
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FOUNDED: c. late 1970's
OPERATIONAL: Approx. 42 years
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Grandmaster Tiger Yang

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Hybrid

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Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Aikido, Wing Chun, Judo, Kenpo, Jujutsu

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Practices

PHILOSOPHY

Moo Yea Do emphasizes the discipline of the mind. It preaches that the mind can help the body endure anything that it needs to. Every level that a Moo Yea Do student goes through brings its own set of unique challenges that a student need to apply his mind to. It is important to understand the power of the mind and that the body will always react to what the mind is saying. A good martial artist is not ruled by the mind, but learns to be calm and peaceful at all times. Moo Yea Do advocates for a calm and peaceful mind as well as for a healthier and happier way of living.

TECHNIQUES

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TRAINING

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RANKS & GRADING

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WEIGHT CLASSES

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Rules / Rulesets

RULES / RULESETS

The rules of Moo Yea Do are much like the rules of Taekwondo which is understandable seeing that the founder holds a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo. The rules revolve around two distinct techniques:

  1. Delivering attacks with your hands using your fingers as well as your fists
  2. Delivering an attack using the part of the foot below the ankle. These two techniques can be applied to certain areas.

Strikes to the face are only allowed when the strike is made with a correctly clenched fist, but they should not be directed to the neck area. Strikes to the groin are not allowed either.

There are different weight classes in a competitive setting and competitors can only be pitted against people in the same weight classes.

Organisations & Historical Places

ORGANISATIONS

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HISTORICAL PLACES

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Popular Culture

POPULAR CULTURE

Tiger Yang has been a pop culture icon in the martial arts world. He has acted in over 30 martial movies since 1972. His first movie was called “California 90006”. When Bruce Lee died, Golden Harvest started looking for someone to replace him and Yang was one of the martial art experts to be signed on by Golden harvest. His most memorable and maybe the cult classic movie would be “Warrior’s two” that he acted in in 1975. In between movies, Yang trained Muhammad Ali and found time to make appearances on television shows like Jimmy Carson and “That’s Incredible” breaking blocks of ice and picking up 200 pound dumbbells with his teeth or pulling an 8-ton truck he was making friends with notable celebrities like Jackie Chan and Ronald Reagan (strangely enough).

Useful Links

USEFUL LINKS

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References

REFERENCES

  1. http://www.mooyeado.net/
  2. http://www.mydnorco.com/

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