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Founder's Address

Dr. Joon Ho Seuk
Tong-Il Moo-Do

Originally, martial arts were studied as a means of spiritual and physical development by Buddhist monks in the monasteries. It is therefore quite appropriate that in this secular and mechanistic age, a new concept in martial arts - Tong Il Moo Do, a unified martial art - has been initiated to emphatically revive the spiritual dimension of these arts.

Tong Il Moo Do is a practical means of unarmed self-defense against any kind of assault. But more importantly, it is a way of building sound character enlightening one's mind and spirit. It emphasizes courteous and humble attitudes, while building a strong and courageous character that will fight against injustice and unrighteousness with determination. Thus, it is an effective instrument for teaching discipline and self-control to young people, and for cleaning up many Current social problems.

The main purpose of Tong-Il Moo-Do is to help trainees, centering on true love, to realize the three fundamental goals of life through martial arts training. The first is becoming a person of mature character who learns self-control through mind-body unity and develops the capacity to love. The second goal is establishing a happy and healthy family and experiencing the ethical and loving relationships that result from family life. The third goal is using our creative abilities to make a positive contribution to society. Fulfilling these three life goals are accomplished by adopting a life of service to others, eventually building a truly peaceful world.

It is my sincere desire that all Tong Il Moo Do students can grow in virtue, strength and courage and can overcome with Tong Il Moo Do spirit any difficulty or hardships they may encounter in their lives and to realize the three fundamental goals of life centering on true love.

Dr. Joon Ho Seuk
World Tong-il Moo-Do Federation