The Syllabus

 

 

Hyungs an Overview:

The grading syllabus is very important as it defines the objectives of the school as well as the technical content.

Up to 1st Dan we concentrate on the Pyung Ahn hyungs which provide excellent all round defence at various distances. They are well structured and not too difficult to learn. They were created approx 100 years ago by the renowned Okinawan Master Anko Itosu. In my interpretation these five forms contain 25 Ho Sin Sul applications which are all tested.

Naihanchi is then added from the Northern style to provide a variation in movement and power as well as close range protection.
Learning the Naihanchi Kup So sequence will give some pointers to the vital point strikes and applications available. The result should be a disciplined and well balanced student with good self defence skills.

As a new Midnight blue belt aiming for 2nd Dan there is a change of emphasis as we take the "middle Way" meaning half hard/half soft. The student now learns to combine the Okinawan style with elements of the ancient arts of Tai Chi and TanTui

The first Chil Sung hyung is clearly influenced by soft flowing Tai Chi and the student begins to appreciate hard and soft as well as emphasising waist movement and breath control. The second Chil Sung form has been revised to increase the complexity following on from the first form and includes elements from Chil Sung 6 and 7. The first Yuk Ro form has also been adapted to incorporate complex flowing moves from more advanced forms. Furthermore, the student begins to learn Moo Pal Dan Khum and adopt these Chi Gung energy exercises in their daily life.

For 3rd Dan the second Yuk Ro hyung and Chil Sung Sam Ro are tested as well as the students progress and understanding of Chi Gung (Moo Pal Dan Khum). The Yuk Ro are the founders interpretation of the art of Soo Bahk described in the Moo Yei Dobo Tongji written over 300 years ago. Grand Master Hwang Kee states "I sincerely wish the discipline of Yuk Ro Hyung will be passed down from generation to generation, for the betterment of the practitioner's balance of mind and body."

In addition the basic Kup So and Naihanchi Kup So sequences may be required by the grading examiner in addition to the Ho Sin Sul applications for all dan grades.

For Master belts Chil Sung 4 and 5 are tested which now show more complex Chinese movements from Tan Tui, So Ho Yun as well as Tai Chi. In addition further elements from Korean Soo Bahk are included in Yuk Ro (Joong Jol) and Yuk Ro (Po Wol). Seishan and Oh Sip Sa Bo reintroduces the Okinawan style at a senior level, together with Ho Sin Sul and can be used as Master demonstration forms along with Tando (dagger) form. At 5th Dan, the highest level, the Tai Chi form takes precedence which points the way forward into later years. Moon Pal Dan Khum (Scholarly 8 brocade) is developed to complement the Moo Pal Dan Khum (Warrior 8 brocade).

We therefore have 3 stages of training just as there are 3 stages in life. Okinawan hyungs provide simple and effective self defence for beginners, as a midnight blue belt we follow the middle way and finally concentrate on the internal arts of Tai Chi and Chi Gung as Masters.

Please note the grading syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the Chief Instructor.

Master David Allerton 5th Dan

Senior Master Instructor
Chief Grading Examiner