Ki:The Science of Internal Energy video

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For centuries, martial arts masters, monks, warriors and scholars have pursued methods to develop, channel and harness the mysterious and powerful internal life force known as ki (chi, qi). Exercises like qigong and chi kung promote mental and physical health, harmony and longevity.

Many martial artists use the applications of ki training to increase power, heighten focus and develop inner strength. Ki:The Science of Internal Energy explores ki development through the emerging Korean training method of GiCheon.

Grandmaster Sang Won Lee, headmaster of Korea GiCheon Association, teaches a series of ki training exercises combined with breathing methods to channel ki while strengthening the muscles and promoting discipline in the mind and body. GiCheon's unique method of increasing flexibility in the joints to unblock the circulation of ki and its use of a form of dynamic tension to enhance breathing exercises produces results for even the most novice practitioners.

Discover the secrets of this ancient training method through a visit to the Moonmak mountain training center in Korea where Grandmaster Lee and his students share their experiences with ki training in interviews and demonstrations.


Zen Buddhism: In Search of Self documentary

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Following a tradition dating back over 1000 years, two dozen Buddhist nuns gather for a ninety day period of meditation, fasting and contemplation deep in the mountains of South Korea. With the singular goal of attaining enlightenment, the women undertake a rigorous schedule of meditation, at one point sitting for seven days without sleep.

In this first ever documentary on the practice of Dong Ahn Geo (Winter Zen Retreat), you'll be invited into the Baek Hung Buddhist Temple to witness not only the nuns' strict meditation practice, but their daily lives in which we see not only a deep spiritual discipline but an almost childlike joy and simplicity. Since the Great Monk Hyecheol built Baek Hung Temple in the 10th century during the Silla Dynasty (AD 57-935), the temple has been known for the most rigorous Cham Sun (Zen) practice.

Forbidden until now, the camera captures the austere beauty of the Korean countryside and the long secret traditions of this Buddhist Zen retreat. This historic documentary was filmed from November 29, 2001 to February 26, 2002 at Baek Hung Temple, Palgong Mountain, Daegu, South Korea.


Taekwondo Training in Korea video

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1988 Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 time World Taekwondo Champion Kuk Hyun Chung takes you inside his dojang for an exclusive look at the drills and methods he uses to train Korean taekwondo champions.

In this dynamic training footage, Master Chung's students demonstrate a wide variety of elite level training methods for developing the very best sparring skills, including: moving, line and team target drills, partner hogu drills, conditioning, agility, speed and mobility training, sparring strategy and practice matches.

Although this is not an instructional video, Master Chung offers tips and training suggestions throughout. Get a revealing inside look at the daily training regimen that makes the Korean fighters the best in the world.

a cool sneak peak inside a great Korean TKD gym
— C. P.

Kumdo: Korean Kendo video

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Kumdo, meaning way of the sword, is very similar to Kendo. Practitioners use the jukdo (split bamboo sword) for striking the opponent. Because combatants wear a helmet and hard body protector (hogoo) they are able to practice full contact strikes to the head and body. Kumdo is an exacting art, with an emphasis on precision and attitude over speed and strength.

In this video, filmed in Kyungjoo, master Lee Sang-hwan, Director of Kyungbuk Kumdo Association and his senior instructors and students demonstrate:

  • Grip and posture

  • Footwork and movement lines

  • Kumdo basic techniques

  • A brief history and terminology of Kumdo

  • Bowing and etiquette

  • Breathing exercises

  • Group technique drills: combinations with footwork

  • Partner drills wearing full gear

  • Daeryun: free sparring sessions

  • Interviews with instructors and students


Korean Sword and Weapon Martial Arts video

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Korean Sword and Weapon Arts is a rare look at some of the oldest documented martial arts of Korea. In this fascinating program, the National Demonstration Team of Kyung Dang, led by Grandmaster Im Dong-kyu, reenacts the sword, stick, spear and empty hand arts of ancient Korea.

The weapon forms demonstrated here are based on those illustrated in the classic Korean martial arts manual, Muye Dobo Tongji. Practiced by the King's special forces over 500 years ago, these sword and weapon arts were adapted from ancient Japanese and Chinese martial skills developed by Korean warriors during the Yi Dynasty.

This one of a kind performance begins with a variety of sword arts originating in Korea, Japan and China in the 1500s through 1700s. Next, the masters of Kyung Dang demonstrate rarely seen Korean weapons such including the spear, crescent sword and shield. You'll also be treated to a performance of Kwon Bup, believed to be one of the earliest documented forms of Korean empty hand martial arts.

 


Korean Kickboxing: Kyuktooki video

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In the Korean Kickboxing: Kyuktooki documentary Master Jung Yong Han (Asian champion), Jun Hyo Sung (Korean national champion) and other champions share the secrets that led them to the top in this full contact combat sport including:

  • Basic Kickboxing Skills

  • Essential Competition Techniques and Rules

  • Training for Competition

  • Conditioning Exercises

  • Mitt Kicking & Boxing

  • Heavy Bag Kicking & Boxing

  • Kyuktooki Class in Seoul, Korea

Jung Yong-han is an All-Asia Kyuk Too Ki champion and coach of some of the top Kyuk Too Ki fighters in Korea including Korean National Champion Jun Hyo-sung. His gym is headquartered in Sungnam City on the outskirts of Seoul. 


Martial Arts of Korea video

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Korea has a rich and varied martial history dating back thousands of years. From the ancient arts of Kuk Kung (archery) and Ssireum (grappling) to modern combat sports like Taekwondo and Kyuk Too Ki, generations of warriors in Korea have practiced both armed and unarmed combat methods. Martial Arts of Korea introduces a dozen Korean arts through interviews, visits to dojangs and gyms, competition footage, demonstrations and historical background.

Each segment features top ranking masters in Korea who present a revealing look at the arts of Kuk Kung, Ssireum, Kumdo, Haedong Kumdo, Kyukpa, Taekkyon, Hapkido, Yudo, Kuk Sool, Taekwondo and Muye Eship Saban (armed and empty hand). Filmed on location in Korea.

A good review of Korea’s contribution to the martial arts heritage.
— Stuart Anderson