DoŽ - The Way of the Flowering Knight - is a Korean martial art with roots
more that 1800 years back in history.
The martial skills we today know as
Hwa Rang Do® was originally practiced by Korean elite troops, whose armed
and unarmed techniques made them feared and admired all over Asia. Hwa Rang
Do® has since been preserved from generation to generation of especially
chosen Buddhist monks (then under the name of Um-Yang Kwon, which is no longer
in use!) and has spread across the world during the last 35 years.
warriors had much in common with the later Japanese samurai. Both classes
consisted of professional, noble warriors who prefectioned their martial art
to the outmost. Both classes was also subject to moral and ethical norms which
limited the use of their knowledge and abilities. Hwa Rang Do® (or Um-Yang
Kwon) was created as a military system, designed for the battlefield, not
for sport or competitions.
Around the 14th century the Hwarang fell into disfavour
when Silla was conquered by a new Korean kingdom, and several of the Hwarang
s took refuge in remote mountain temples. It was in these temples that the
martial art of the Hwarang has been preserved until today.
During the early
1940's two boys, Joo Bang Lee and Joo Sang Lee were accepted as the only students
of the Buddhist monk Suahm Dosa. In the 1960's the brothers received permission
from Suahm Dosa and the Korean government to publicly demonstrate and teach
Hwa Rang Do® in Korea. This marked the first time in more than 500 years
that the martial skills of the Hwarang were taught in public.
When Suahm Dosa
passed away in 1969, Dr. Joo Bang Lee was appointed the 58th generation grandmaster.
Since then Hwa Rang Do® has spread all over the world.
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Hwa Rang Do® has now been internationally trademarked in an effort to
protect the integrity and proud tradition of this martial art; thus preventing
it from turning generic.