USA Silver Moo Do In Program, Featured Article by Steven Lemner, Sa bom Nim, #23703, Region 5

Silver Moo Do In insights

Weh Gung and age

By Steven Lemner, Sa Bom Nim, Chil Dan, Dan Bon #23703, Region 5, and Studio Owner for over 36 years of Lemner's Soo Bahk Do, Bradley, IL.  

As a mature Moo Duk Kwan practitioner, we are faced with new challenges. However, we have a key factor on our side, wisdom. Our life’s experiences have forged us to know the traits and what tools are needed to overcome these challenges. The mature practitioner also understands that the goal of the art is to prolong our life beyond its normal span.

Some of the obstacles that we face are not just physical in nature. This series will explore the areas of Weh Gung, Neh Gung and Shim Gung to help strengthen the tools needed to be able to enjoy the art and our passion for it and participate in Moo Duk Kwan events within our own personal parameters.

Weh Gung:

The first obstacle that most face is physical and not just due to age. This can result from injuries, or of natural causes of life. The physical body slowly over time begins to lose flexibility, and strength. As we came through the ranks, we learned methods to help gain

Strength, flexibility, and endurance.

These areas can still be forged to help our bodies, speed (Wan Gup) and patience (In Neh) is key.

Stretching should be done before and after training, in a gentle method. The extension of the joints should be gradually extended over time. Stretching can improve our posture, balance, and range of motion. Simple aids while stretching include use of a chair for support, a towel for extended reach, as examples. Stretching can be done sitting, standing, and lying down. Each method can help various areas of our bodies. Through the practice of Hyung, we can utilize it for gaining and maintaining our flexibility. If we look at the Hyung Du Mun, we can see the focus of the motion in the upper torso, and shoulders. When done with speed control this can help the range of motion of the shoulders and loosen the lumbar region.

When we explore our Hyungs and see how the motions can aid our body, we find excellent resources. Allowing the mind to focus on the health side of our training to benefit our bodies, a broad range of exercises becomes apparent.

When combined with proper breathing techniques the motions can become an excellent stress relief by applying them in a slower tempo. We gain the feeling of harmony of mind and body we grow to strive for, by being present in the moment.

멈추지 말고 계속 해나가기만 한다면 늦어도 상관없다.

(It does not matter how slowly you go if you do not stop.)

An excellent resource for the mature member:

Respectfully submitted for Lemner Sa Bom Nim, 

Roberto Bonefont, Sr., Sa Dan, Dan Bon #13927

Region 2


  • Roberto Bonefont

    Began training in 1967 at the age of 16, as a member of the Brooklyn Highland Park Y.M.C.A., under the guidance and training of Mr. Mike Masley, Jr., Dan Bon 10180, and tested for Cho Dan on June 18, 1969.  Now a certified 4th Dan Ko Dan Ja, and was issued his original testing date Dan Bon 13927 by Kwan Jang Nim H.C. Hwang based on his petition to honor that date and evidence showing Mr. Mike Masley and his instructors,  Mr. Robert Sohn, Dan Bon 6037 and Mr. Vincent Nunno, Dan Bon 7291, were legitimate representatives of the Founder, and Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee and the Korean Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Association in 1969.

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