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Hwa Rang Do Boot Camp - Day #1

Hwa Rang Do Boot Camp

Lesson #1
"From the first time I met Chief Master Taejoon Lee, I realized that we had much in common. Most
important, we share a commitment to nurturing the entire self, not just body or mind or spirit in
isolation. His intensity, sincerity, and authenticity are obvious. Hwa Rang Do, as practiced and taught
by Master Lee, develops an inner strength that appreciates life's fragility and embraces personal
accountability, I respect deeply Hwa Rang Do's goal not to live so much a comfortable life as an
honorable one."
-- Dr. Andrew Weil

Stances & Movement

Principles & Philosophy:

Hwa Rang O Kae - Five Rules of Conduct


Conquer Yourself
Hwa Rang Do - Defend, Take Down, Submit

Video Clip:

Hwa Rang Do in the 1960's

WMA Expo - Hwa Rang Do Demo, Oct. 2006

Tactics: Stances & Movement

Stance and distancing are fundamental and most critical when engaging in hand-to-hand combat.
Without proper balance and/or distance from the opponent, any attacks with hands or feet are futile.
With proper stance one can learn to move quickly either to close the range for offense and/or
maintaining a defensive perimeter.

To familiarize with the basic stances for both offense and defense, maximizing on balance, speed, and
agility. To understand how to move effectively, closing the distance for attack, or for maintaining
proper defensive perimeter for short, medium, and long range.

There are many different stances for different purposes. We have selected a few practical positions for
our introductory purposes.


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Defensive (Fighting) Stance

This is not a completely defensive position, but allows for maximum freedom of movement and most
conducive for fighting.
Key Points to Remember:

The legs are no more than shoulder width apart.

The weight of the rear foot is placed on the ball of the foot to
maximize responsiveness and pointed forward.

Both of the legs are bent for speed and balance. Never lock out
both knees.

The hands are placed in front with the rear hand slightly lower
than the lead to guard both upper and lower torso.

Be relaxed and maintain most of the weight on the balls of the


Offensive (Fighting) Stance

This is the same position as the Defensive Stance, but the weight is distributed to the front leg, preparing
for a forward advance. This is also a lunge position for pushing or thrusting.
Key Points to Remember:

The front leg is bent to bear weight.

The rear leg is straightened for greater reach as well as for

easier advancement.

Be relaxed and maintain most of the weight on the balls of

the feet.

Neutral Stance
This stance is ideal for self-defense situations as it is non-threatening.
Key Points to Remember:


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Keep your hands in front of you to guard your midline or


Keep both knees slightly bent for easier mobility.

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Horse Stance

This stance is primarily for training to strengthen the legs as well

as for some lateral attacks.

The footwork will vary depending on the distance and the type of attack.

This is best used to cover short distances to close the gap between you and your opponent.



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Moving forward, step with lead foot first, then slide in the rear foot, always maintaining balance. Moving
backward, step with the rear foot first, then slide back the front foot, always maintaining balance.

Side to Side

Moving left, step first with the left foot, then slide in the right foot. Moving right, step first with the right
foot, then slide in the left foot.

This is used to cover greater distances and also allows for a lead leg attack. Primarily the slide/step is
used for forward and backward movement. Using the slide/step in a lateral movement can cause loss of
balance and/or tripping over your own feet.

Moving forward, first slide in with the rear foot, making sure not to cross your legs, then step forward
with the lead foot. Moving backward, first slide back with the lead foot, making sure not to cross your
legs, then step back with the rear foot.

Lunging is the same stepping as the step/slide, but instead of pulling with the lead leg, you push off the
rear leg. This is used for covering greater distances when you need a quicker entry and want to exert all
your body weight forward. It is good to use for tackling as well as pushing, thrusting motion with either
weapon attack or empty hand.


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Learn to pivot off the feet to put your hip into the attack, whether hands or feet are essential to maximize
power and impact. This is what it means to put your body weight into your strikes. Shown here is an
example of how to practice pivoting.

This concludes Boot Camp Lesson #1. In Boot Camp Lesson #2, we will address
some practical striking with the hands and the feet.
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PHILIOSPHY: Hwa Rang O Kae - Five Rules of Conduct

These are excerpts taken from Chief Master Taejoon Lees book,
Hwa Rang Do - Defend, TakeDown, Submit, published by Black Belt Publications.

The Hwa Rang O Kae

In the year 540 A.D., King Chinhung came to power in the Silla Kingdom at the ripe young age of 7 years
old and ruled until 576 A.D. One of his greatest contributions to Korean History is the foundation of the
"Hwarang" Knights which eventually led to the unification of Korea for the first time in history under the
leadership of General Yoo Shin (sometimes written as Yushin) Kim. King Chinhung called upon the
services of a Buddhist Priest, Won Kwang Bopsa, who developed a moral code of conduct, which would
be harmonious with the laws of nature, the "Hwarang O Kae." As modern day Hwarang, we still practice


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and abide by the Hwa Rang O Kae, which is memorized and repeated at the end of every class in both
Korean and English.

Additional Learning Material:

Why study Hwa Rang Do ? Time is short for us and for our children. Why make time and sacrifice to
study any martial art, especially Hwa Rang Do?
Not for you? Actually, Hwa Rang Do may not be for you. If you're interested
only in toning up and looking good, then join a gym, buy some barbells, and stop
eating when you're full. Although Hwa Rang Do will put you in top physical
condition, that is not its central point. If you're interested in blood sport, in
learning how to bludgeon someone senseless so that you can feel good about
yourself, Hwa Rang Do is also not for you. Although Hwa Rang Do will teach
you how to confront violence, it does not delight in causing pain.
So, then, why? Why study Hwa Rang Do?
Surrender your fears. We are all filled with fears. We knew them as children.
Fear of others, of falling, of hurting, of monsters, of the dark. As adults, our fears don't disappear; they
just transform. But since we can't admit them, they become hidden and repressed. But the fears, they
lurknot in the dark, but in the darkness. And like invisible cages, fears trap us in bad relationships, bad
situations, in inertia and malaise. In this state, we don't live everyday: instead, we die a little everyday.
Secure your birthright. As human beings, freedom is our birthright. But freedom is threatened by
fear. To defeat fear, we need self-confidence. But not the kind promised


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on television, by charlatans pitching self-esteem in a bottle or a book. True self-confidence does not come
from simply telling ourselves that we are great, having fawning parents tell us that we're special, having
sycophants lavish us with compliments. This simply creates deluded individuals, who believe that they
deserve everything notwithstanding their essential incompetence. And even they know deep inside that
they are frauds. True self-confidence, leading to freedom, can only be earned through relentless physical
training under the guidance of an ethical tradition. By doing what we swore we could never do, we
become living proof of the possibility of self-transformation. And through these lessons, earned
piecemeal in the currency of tears and sweat, we cut through self-doubt to earn our confidence, our
freedom, our birthright.
Lead all others. And if you should become one of the few,
the one in thousands who achieves a Black Sash, you will
have become a leader. The world is desperate for
leadership. By nature, we are weak. We succumb to the
coercion of others or the seduction of shiny baubles. When
crisis comes, we are desperate for a hero. That hero must
bear the weight of thousands. But only after conquering the
self can one become that hero, the one to lead all others.
The strength immanent from such a person is unmistakable. Others naturally follow.
Become.Why? Why study Hwa Rang Do? The physical training-as
fierce as it is-is only the means. The dojang-the hallowed ground of
timeless tradition-is only the crucible. You study Hwa Rang Do to
become. To become fully human, surrendering your fears, securing
your birthright of freedom, and flourishing into one who commands
without having to speak a word. That is why you study Hwa Rang
Do. By force of will, you conquer yourself. In so doing, you become
a flowering exemplar of humanity. unmistakable. Others naturally
This is Hwa Rang Do's challenge.

Hwa Rang Do - Defend, Take Down, Submit - "First Hwa Rang Do Book in over
25 years."
In Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit, authors
Taejoon Lee (the eldest son of Dr. Joo Bang Lee) and Mark
Cheng present a variety of easy-to-understand self-defense
combination techniques complete with set-ups and
variations for different attack situations.
This well-roundedcollection of strikes, joint-manipulations,
throws, grappling and submission techniques fits beautifully
into the 3-step Defend-Takedown-Submit formula presented
within, helping you develop empty-hand defenses for any
position from any angle!
Each technique at every stage is presented with careful
precision, richly illustrated with detailed photographs and
highly descriptive instructions.


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This text also presents a comprehensive analysis and detailed history of the art of Hwa Rang Do,
complete with archival photographs and representative artwork. The military, cultural, mythical and
philosophical origins of Korea's legendary Hwarang Corps are discussed in unprecedented detail,
providing a multi-dimensional history that leads all the way up to hwa rang dos founder and current
leader, Dr. Joo Bang Lee.
Hwa Rang Do: Defend, Take Down, Submit is the first official publication produced by the World Hwa
Rang Do Association in more than 25 years. Black Belt is proud to present this guide to hwa rang dos
technical and cultural significance for a new generation of historians, instructors and Korean martial art

Hwa Rang Do Video:

Hwa Rang Do in the 1960's

Hwa Rang Do has been around for 2,000 years perfecting itself as a martial art. Here we get a bit
nostalgic and witness some vintage Hwa Rang Do warriors in training.

World Martial Arts Expo

Hwa Rang Do Demonstration, 2006 One of Two


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This is the first half of the Hwa Rang Do demonstration that took place in October, 2006 at the 7th
World Martial Art Expo in Carson, California. It featured not only Chief Master Lee himself but also
some of his students.
Some forms displayed include the spear, open-hand sparring demonstration, takedowns, joint-locks,
chokes, and techniques using a sash.

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