What Is Jung Sim Do
1974, the Korean martial art system of Jung Sim Do was established by the
artís founder, Grandmaster Seung Kil Choi, 9th Dan and brought to the United
States. When GM Choi passed away on an island off the coast of Korea
in 1991, he left a number of Black Belts and their students to carry on the Jung
Sim Do tradition.
West Shore Academy of Martial Arts instructs in the three major martial arts of
Korea: Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do and Yu Do. The techniques of these styles are then
taught under the philosophy of Jung Sim Do, meaning "straight
of Jung Sim Do
Sim (also known as
Jung Shin) begins as an accumulation of proper training of basic etiquette and
manners, such as bowing upon entering the dojang, and greeting instructors as
"sir". Calling someone "sir" is not meant to teach
humbleness. Rather, it serves to remove basic fears people have about respect to
a senior classmate. When a basic fear is removed, many other fears are also
eliminated and the student gains self-confidence. Under Jung Sim principles, an
instructor becomes a guide rather than a superior.
Sim is a well-known principle throughout
Korean martial arts. It leads the student to achieve a sense of loyalty,
self-discipline, self-motivation, self-confidence and purpose. By putting
together the esoteric teachings of Jung Sim, a martial artist can change
his concentration and wisdom into a never-give-up attitude, an essential
in traditional martial arts training. Jung Sim is so important that
inferior techniques can still win if he bears a superior Jung Sim.
Sim Do has a philosophy which is based
on constant striving for excellence. The aim is to be an honorable person with
good character and physical condition. To reach the ultimate benefits of Jung
Sim Do, one must practice it daily and commit to it for a lifetime. Although it
is most impossible to achieve perfection in the following areas, one must always
strive to improve.
Jung Sim Do, there are five basic tenets, or principles, of living that
we abide by. These should serve as a guide to all serious students, both inside
and outside the dojang:
(Ye-Ui) in a broader sense is kindness, humility, good manners,
politeness, and respect.
(Yom-Chi) generally speaking, is honesty, straight dealing, purity,
moral soundness, and uprightness. To have integrity means to be honest with
everyone and with yourself at all times.
(In-Nae) is persistence, a steadfast pursuit of and an
understanding of the aim, continuation in the practice of Jung Sim Do
regardless of the amount of obstacles, hindering circumstances,
difficulties, or occasional "let downs" which are only temporary
situations. The strong will to hold on, regardless of obstacles. Loyalty.
Control: (Guk-Gi) is a double edged sword: on the one hand, it is
the physical control with regard to motions, precision of execution,
prevention of unnecessary injuries (as opposed to acting wildly) or killing,
due to lack of control. Experience is the best teacher, but all the physical
reactions are based on the psychological makeup, maturity, and moral,
ethical, and religious codes. Emotions are usually involved, to a certain
degree, in the majority of situations, hence the need for emotional self
control. The degree of controlling the particularly strong emotions such as
love, hate, anger, surprise, joy, sadness, etc., show the level of
achievement of each practitioner of Jung Sim Do.
Emotions should be governed by a strong and conscious reason and aided by
experience in principles. The success of application of this tenet in
practical everyday life should result in creating the indomitable spirit.
Spirit: (Baekjul-Bool Gool) Indomitable means unconquerable,
unbreakable, unquenchable. To put it simply, it means that one has such
strong unshakeable beliefs and principles that even sacrificing the most
precious possession one has, one's own life, is not too high a price to pay
in defending them.
of Jung Sim Do Training
Kwon Do The
translation of Tae Kwon Do is "hand and foot way" and is known
as the art of kicking and punching. It incorporates the abrupt, linear movements
of Japanese Karate and the flowing, circular patterns of Chinese Kung Fu with
its own incomparable kicking techniques to form an integrated system unique to
Ki Do Hap Ki Do,
the "way of coordinated power", involves techniques of joint
and pressure point manipulation. Though usually compared to Japanese Aikido, Hap
Ki Do continues to a point beyond that reached by Aikido in its philosophy of
defense. Where an aikidoist will apply defensive techniques only to nullify an
attack, a Hap Ki Do practitioner not only meets the attack, but turns it back
against the opponent and follows through with offensive methods.
Do Yu Do, is Korean judo. The
first principle of Yu Do is yu or gentleness. Combined with the syllable do
meaning "way" comes the definition of Yu Do or "gentle way".
It involves the instruction in the proper methods of falling and includes
techniques of throwing, holding, choking and arm locks.
Sim Do curriculum also includes Nunchucku (Flail), Kumdo
(way of the sword), and Jang Bong (long stick). The
Joong Bong (short stick- Modern Arnis tradition), and knife/gun
disarms are supplemental programs offered at the WSAMA. Basic Meditation
practice (focus on posture and breathing methods) are also an integral part of
Jung Sim Do training.
U.S. Jung Sim Do Federation
innovation makes Jung Sim Do a "live" art, third generation Jung Sim
Do instructor, Vincent Vergara, founded the U.S. Jung Sim Do Federation in 1995.
This organization set forth the modern idea of maintaining Jung Sim Doís
strong traditions while evolving itís philosophy and techniques to better
serve todayís martial arts practitioners and their needs. The Federation is
fortunate to have the support of two premiere pioneers of the art: Grandmaster
Choiís highest American student, Grandmaster Joe Fox, 8th Dan, chief
instructor of the Harrisburg Institute of Tae Kwon Do, and Master Jack Holman,
4th Dan, chief instructor of Jung Sim Do Korean Karate in Hagerstown, MD.
U.S. Jung Sim Do Federationís purpose is to PRESERVE, DEVELOP and PROMOTE
the art of Jung Sim Do. It adheres to these duties and responsibilities by
providing continued instruction to its black belts in their martial arts
development, and providing leadership and guidance to those black belt
instructors who aspire to open their own dojangs (training halls). The
Federation also maintains communication among its instructors to inform, discuss
and resolve issues as they relate to the well-being of Jung Sim Do Martial Art
and the Federation. Last, but not least, the Federation insures that all
decisions are made in consideration of what is best for the students.
This last point is not taken lightly since itís students, both novice and
experienced, are the foundation and future of Jung Sim Do.
Schools of the U.S. Jung Sim Do Federation:
Schools of the U.S. Jung Sim Do Federation:
by Sabumnim Chris Crockett (3rd Dan) of the Drexel
Jung Sim Do Martial
Many students enter the martial arts
for various reasons which may include self-defense, fighting, or
physical fitness. However, these are only secondary benefits of the
martial arts since little time of many persons lives is spent fighting.
The primary benefits that come from the martial arts usually involve
improving ones character, integrity, and honor. The essence of these
qualities is shown through manner and respect for others and oneself.
The ultimate goal of impeccable manner and respect involves a continuous
effort to always improve upon an individualís self-discipline,
self-confidence, and self-esteem.
The goal of this document is to
provide for new students to the martial arts as well as students
experienced in other styles a guide for adjusting to this new atmosphere
as well as provide an understanding behind the reasons for various
activities. Since this is for reference throughout oneís early time of
training, the guidebook is divided up by the various situations or
scenarios where manner and respect come into play during the course of a
normal class. Questions regarding the material herein should be
discussed with the instructor. The following is a brief listing of the
various topics this guide covers.
Jung Sim Do Rank
Advancement in rank is done under and subject to the requirements of the
U.S. Jung Sim Do Federation.
We have strict guidelines on testing. This leads to quality training and
makes rank a prized achievement that you can be proud of. Some organizations
have shallow requirements that promote fast advancement without the
development of ability. Advancement is done to: recognize ability, help
people to perform better, and to give better instruction to individuals as
they advance. By adhering to strict requirements we ensure that these goals
are met, giving people the best possible quality martial arts training.
Emphasis is on the development of body, mind and spirit. We practice
striking and kicking techniques as well as self defense training for defense
against grappling, choking, grabbing, and throwing techniques.