It was a great privilege and honor to speak with Mr. Park on
November 25th, 2008. He was quite surprised that a student of his
student was calling from the Korean Autonomous region of China, and that the
art had returned home!
During the conversation, Mr. Park shared that he started his
Hapkido training with Choi, Yong Sul in 1946. In addition to the years of study
with Hapkido’s founder, he also studied and was influenced by others. These
included Choi Yeong-eui (최영의), also known as Choi Bae Dal (최배달),the
style of Kwon Bup, or Chuan Fa, and was a contemporary of Myung
Jae Nam (명재남). Mr. Park also stated that he learned
much in the mountains of Korea, as did Choi, Bae Dal, and that much of his
technique was honed by watching animals such as the tiger and the dog.
Mr. Park’s greatest concern is that the waters of Hapkido arecurrently being polluted.
Many are attempting to make Hapkido a purely Korean art, when that is not its
root. Many have added techniques that do not fit within the philosophy of
Hapkido. Mr. Park stated that,
“One must develop the art around a solid philosophy. A true hapkido
practitioner must integrate techniques that work within the philosophy, and discard
was does not. Much of what is taught today is a cloud of untruth, concealing
the root of hapkido. It misses the 14 basic principles. The water is polluted.
To deny the influence of other arts on Hapkido is to deny the very integrated
nature of the art. That which works in the philosophy of Hapkido is Hapkido,
that which does not is muddy water, polluted air.”
14 Basic Principles:
1. Be loyal to your country
2. Be obedient to your parents
3. Have faith and honor among friends
4. Perseverance in battle
5. Health (There are rules of health)
5a) FOOD CONTROL: eat well, do not eat food that inhibit the Ki’s full potential. Do
not eat too much pork because it restricts the heart and circulation. Too much
poultry reduces the oxygen intake of the lungs and slows the body’s natural healing
process. Too much fish with no scales suppress the detoxification properties of
the liver. Too much salt destroys the kidney’s filtering abilities. Do not
drink alcohol as it kills brain cells. All these items are poisonous foods that
harm the internal organs, thereby inhibiting the production of the adrenaline
hormone in the Body (adrenaline gives us superpower, helps healing/stops pain
& opens the third eye). Adrenaline is your physical Ki, and it is blocked
by the harmful influence of these foods on your Body. If even one of your major
internal organs is ill, it affects the other organs and weakens them
5b) HEALTHY MORAL SEX
5c) BENEFICIAL MEDITATION: Slow, controlled breathing lengthens life. Breathe only through
the nose, with the mouth closed, and use the stomach to move the diaphragm -
not the chest or shoulders. Inhale deep and long, allowing the nasal passages
to warm the air as it enters the lungs. The normal breathing cycle lasts 6
seconds (3 seconds to inhale and 3 seconds to exhale). Learn to inhale for at
least 8 seconds, retain the breath for another 8 seconds, and exhale for 8
seconds. Your breathing cycle will be 3 times longer than normal, and you will
live longer.The legendary white crane lives 1000 years while a dog lives a mere
decade. Why? The white crane takes 6 months to inhale and 6 months to exhale -
one breath each year! However, a dog pants quickly with his mouth open and
tongue hanging out.
are three major sources of harm: poisonous food, external force (someone
attacks you), and the mind. By far, the mind can be the most damaging. A weak
mind relinquishes control of the Body and permits such accidents as hitting or
cutting yourself. When the mind is weak, then the Body is weak, and you attract
disasters and mishaps such as car accidents or twisting ankle. The condition of
your mind is entirely up to you. You decide if you are not to be angry, sad,
nor greedy. We are here for such a short time, so why waste your energies on
destructive emotions ?
5d) DO NOT BE ANGRY: The face turns red and the circulation increases tremdemndously
when you are angry. The heart works overtime, and this leads to heart attacks.
How do you reconcile traumatic accidents ? Think of it as repayment of dept
from previous life. Perhaps you borrowed money from someone. and they reclaim
it in this life by stealing it from you.
5e) DO NOT BE SAD: Excessive sadness weakens the brain to the point of insanity and
eventually Death. How should you prevent despair ? Realise that your fate has
been fulfilled, and it is time to continue. You cannot avoid that which comes
to you, not hold on to that which leaves you.
5f) DO NOT BE GREEDY: Greed is the root of a thousand sicknesses. it taints everything
and harms all areas of the Body. When you die, only your soul goes with you;
your Spirit is the only thing that really belongs to you. You leave behind the
Body that you’ve used as well as any material possessions. The earth is God’s
garden, and everything is on loan to us. The only thing of yours that you leave
behind is your name. Your name may be good, bad or ordinary. An ordinary name
is remembered for a few years by those that were close to the person, and then
forgotten. Good names are remembered with pride for a long time while bad names
retain their infamy indefinitely. Think about it: Jesus Christ, George
Washington, Hitler, Napoleon, Al Capone.
gave us 3 free things: water, air and sunshine. Places of worship typically
contain bowls of water, incense (air) and candles (light). These elements may
be used to charge and strengthen the Spirit. The Spirit covers the entire
universe and is timeless. A strong Spirit protects you and clears your path;
accidents are naturally prevented or avoided. A weak Spirit leads to problem.
5g) WATER: Drink
the right amount of water at the right temperature. Too much as well as too
little water causes Death. Do not drink water that is too cold nor too hot, do
not let it touch the molars. The teeth trigger production of the adrenaline
hormone causing vibration to the Middle brain. Once stimulated in this way, the
Middle brain begins manufacturing adrenaline. Close your mouth, bite down and
make the "mmm" sound, feeling the vibration in your molars. This
action "opens the gate" and initiates secretion of the adrenaline
hormone. Hot or cold water damages the molars, and prevents the production of
are 3 types of power - mental, Body and medical. Mental Power controlled by the
third eye is the most powerful. Body Power in the form of adrenaline (you Ki)
is next. And last is the Power provided by medicine. So remember, your mind can
be your most powerful weapon!
5h) AIR: Too
much air (pure oxygen) or too little air leads to Death. Breathe in and out
only through the nose. Take slow deep breaths so the air is neither cold nor
hot as it enters and leaves the lungs. Use the stomach to control and deepen
breathing. Exercise and use the lungs fully to enhance circulation and provide
sufficient oxygen to the blood.
5i) SUNSHINE: Excessive amounts of sun as well as not enough sunshine brings
Death. Getting the right amount of sunshine is like charging a battery; learn
to keep yourself highly charged. Without sunlight we cannot see. If something
happens too quickly or too slowly, our physical eyes cannot perceive it.
However, the mind’s eye is timeless; you can learn to "slow time
down". In the martial arts, this perception can be used to react in what
seems like lightning speed to an opponent’s attack.
6.Hi – “humanity”
7. Sum – “goodness”
8. Oui – “justice”
9. Duk – “virtue”
10. Yeh – “courtesy”
11. Chung –”loyalty”
12. Ji – “wisdom”
13. Yong – “courage”
14. Sin – “trust”
Using these virtues and codes insures
the student understands the purpose behind the martial arts training he is
receiving, learns about the Korean culture, and is exposed to Biblical truth.