Message from Kwan Jang Nim

Greetings to all Moo Duk Kwan® practitioners, supporters and future members.

I hope this year has been happy and productive for you and your loved ones.

There is a proverb pertaining to knowledge that states, “when you hear it, you forget it; when you see it, you remember it; when you do it, you know it”. I would like to add two more components to this saying; knowledge through experience and repetition lends to understanding; understanding that is accompanied with experience cultivates wisdom. As students we know that we forget much of what we learn, especially if what we have learned is not applied.

We as Moo Do In are constantly in pursuit of knowledge and understanding and are finally rewarded, hopefully in time, with wisdom. This wisdom then facilitates living a good and happy life free from conflict. If this pursuit is sincere. A life that is grounded in the many aspects of virtuous living, which is the central character of the Moo Duk Kwan® principles (institute of martial virtue) as established by the Founder. As in our training, applying philosophy (inside) to our lives takes practice and repetition to achieve masterly action (outside).

Earlier this year the theme of the philosophy of growth and action from the inside to out was introduced. The theme of Inside to Outside speaks of transformation of ideas, concepts, and thoughts into physical, observable dimensions. What good is an idea, concept or thought if there is no implementation or physical observability and impact on our world?

Each of our Moo Do values has a conceptual base (inside) and a physical presentation (outside). To create action, the idea from the mind (an inside concept) to implement (an observable outside) is a key value for the theme.

It is my hope this message will be a good reminder while we continue to enhance the theme, Inside to Outside.

In Moo Duk Kwan,
H. C. Hwang, Sa Bom
Moo Duk Kwan® Kwan Jang

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