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.


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 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

Boxing Fundamentals video

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Korean boxing champion Kim Sung-Kuk invites you into his gym as he explains and demonstrates the fundamentals of boxing including:

  • Warm-ups and Conditioning

  • Essential Gear and Training Equipment

  • Boxer's Stance

  • Fundamental Punches: Jab, Cross, Hook, Uppercut

  • Defensive Techniques: Block, Catch, Parry, Duck, Slip

  • Counterpunching

  • Offensive and Defensive Combinations

  • Equipment Drills

  • Basic Strategy

  • Sample Sparring Matches

Get an inside look at the training regimen of Korean Bantamweight National Champion Kim Sung-Kuk and his coach, former National Champion Woo Dae-Shik - a great introduction to boxing for the novice or intermediate fighter.