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Mu Shin Kwan - History
Quote:In 1609, the Satsuma Samurai clan invaded Okinawa. As a result, Japanese Samurai arts were introduced to the local Te martial arts and blended. This had a profound effect on the development and direction of the Te arts.

One of the most famous Okinawan warriors was Sokon Matsumura (1798 - 1890). Matsumura Sôkon was born in Yamagawa Village, Shuri, Okinawa and began his training under the guidance of Sakukawa Kanga (1762-1843). He gained the reputation as a martial arts expert and eventually was recruited in 1816 into the service of the Shô family which was the royal family of the RyuKyu kingdom gaining the title of Shikudan. He served as chief martial arts instructor and body guard to three successive Okinwan kings, Shô Kô, Shô Iku and Shô Tai. In addition to the martial training gained as a youth, Matsumura trained in Chinese Chuan Fa, Jingen Ryu, Fujien White Craine Gong Fu and Chinese Kempo. He is credited with being the father of Shorin Ryu Kempo Karate and all Shuri Te styles can be traced back to him.

Matsumura taught Anko Itosu (1831 - 1915), an Okinawan college professor the art of Shorin Ryu Karate. Master Itosu is considered one of the greatest Okinawan karate masters and the forefather of the modern Karate Ryu or style. He personally taught the founders of all the modern Karate Ryu's in Okinwa i.e. Choyu Motobu (1857-1927), Choki Motobu (1870-1944), Kentsu Yabu (1866-1937), Chomo Hanashiro (1869-1945), Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), Moden Yabiku (1880-1941), Kanken Toyama (1888-1966), Chotoku Kyan (1870-1945), Shinpan Shiroma (Gusukuma) (1890-1954), Anbun Tokuda (1886-1945), Kenwa Mabuni (1887-1952), and Choshin Chibana (1885-1969). He developed the Pinan katas, the 10 precepts of Karate and introduced a modified Karate syllabus to Okanawan schools.

Itosu in turn taught Gichin Funakoshi (1868 - 1957) who founded Shotokan Karate and is considered the father of modern Karate. In 1924, Funakoshi spread Karate to mainland Japan and implemented a standard Karate uniform and the Dan/Kyu method of grading. In 1936 Funakoshi built the first Shôtôkan dojo in Tokyo. He changed the name of karate to mean "empty hand" instead of "China hand".

Gichin Funakoshi taught Shotokan Karate to Chun, Sang Sup at the College at Dong Yang Chuck Sik (Takushoku) University in Japan in the early to mid 1930's. Upon his return to Korea in 1940, he taught Shotokan Karate under the name of Kwon Bop (Korean Kenpo) at various locations. On March 3, 1946 he officially opened up the Choson Yun Moo Kwan Kong Soo Do Bu. Unfortunately he was abducted during the Korean War (1950 - 1953) and was never heard from again.

After Chun, Sang Sup went missing in North Korea, The Choson Yun Moo Kwan Kong Soo Do Bu underwent a name change to the Jidokwan headed by YOON, Kwe Byung and LEE Chong Woo until 1967. LEE Chong Woo was the second student of Chun, Sang Sup learning Shotokan Karate. YOON, Kwe Byung was a Master of Shudokan Karate holding a 7th Dan under Kanken Toyama Sensei and was also a student of Shito Ryu Karate under Mabun Kenwa Sensei. While in Tokyo, YOON, Kwe Byung was Chief Instructor of the Han Mu Kwan. YOON, Kwe Byung was one of the founding members of the Korea Kong Soo Do Association which was formed during the Korean War.

From 1947 to 1950 Chun, Sang Sup taught Kwon Bup/Kong Soo Do to LEE, Kyo Yoon. LEE, Chong Woo maintains the LEE, Kyo Yoon was also a distinguished graduate of the Jidokwan. LEE, Kyo Yoon opened the Han Moo Kwan in August 1954 teaching what he called Tang Soo Do. Both the Yun Moo Kwan (Jidokwan) and the Han Moo Kwan were among the original Kwans formed in Korea after World War II. The name of the art eventually changed to Taekwondo. GM Lee is currently ranked at 9th Dan in the Kuddiwon and 10th Dan in the Han Moo Kwan and is an instrumental part of the Kukkiwon. GM Lee taught Kyu In Baik and In Hue Won. This style of Taekwondo was a very powerful art, no different than Shotokan Karate. However, during the late 1980's it began a transition to more of a sport related art.

GM Kyu In Baik in turn taught Michael Dunn, a police officer and military veteran who had previous Dan ranking in Goju Ryu Karate. Mr. Dunn had begun informal training in Judo in 1958 and eventually formal training in Goju-Ryu in the early 1960's.

Mr. Dunn rose to the rank of 8th Dan. Upon the formation of the International Kong Soo Do Association the Masters Advisory Council (a group of the highest ranked Masters in the IKSDA) bestowed upon Mr. Dunn the rank of 9th Dan and the title of Grandmaster.  He in turn taught David Schultz. Upon GM Dunn's retirement from the IKSDA and Martial Arts he appointed and promoted Mr. Schultz to the rank of 9th Dan and title of Grandmaster.  GM Schultz is the Chief Instructor of the Tsunami Dojo in West Central Florida. GM Schultz in turn has taught Mr. David Craine (6th Dan) and Mr. Ibrahim Ayoub (5th Dan) as well as several others who have reached the level of Black Belt. The name of the system was changed to Kong Soo Do Karate (Empty Hand Way) to link it with it's Korean Karate (as well as Japanese/Okinawan Karate) roots and reflect more accurately the self-defense nature of the system and to distance itself from the more commercialized, sport related Korean arts. Both Okinawan and Korean technique and terminology is used to respect and reflect the systems origins. The Mu Shin Kwan was formed to separate the distinct style of Kong Soo Do Karate taught at the Tsunami Dojo from other Kong Soo Do systems of the IKSDA (International Kong Soo Do Association).
What was the purpose for reestablishing the art of Kong Soo Do?

Kong Soo Do predates all other modern Korean arts such as Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do, Kuk Sul Won etc. It is literally a Korean translation of Karate with each term meaning the same thing i.e. 'empty-hand way'. At the close of WWII several Koreans with training in Chinese, Japanese or Okinwan arts came back to Korea and simply renamed their training systems. Thus Kong Soo Do derived from multiple sources and included not only the typical strikes and kicks in the hard arts, but also the joint locking, balance displacement, cavity pressing, and sealing of the arteries and veins of the soft arts. Kong Soo Do is but one of the terms used by these Koreans.

As the new terms i.e. TKD, HKD, TSD etc came into existence (mid-1950's), terms like Kong Soo Do (and Kwon Bup etc) fell into disuse.

In the mid-1990's to this date, several instructors of these Korean arts (schooled in the original ways of the arts i.e. self-defense rather than commercial sport training) grew tired of the stigmas created by greed and pride in the KMA's in general. They wished to distance themselves from it as they had no part in its formation or proliferation. They believed in the 'old school' ways of training with the focus specifically and solely on self-defense. The new 'modern' Korean arts did not accurately reflect what they taught. They abandoned these modern terms and returned to the use of Kong Soo Do. The Mu Shin Kwan was formed to codify their goals and guidelines.
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