Mu Shim Mu Kwon: No Mind, No Punch

Advanced Han Mu Do practitioners need to be able to react with, “No Mind,” so they can attack swiftly and disable the situation. The use of repetitive physical practice, working to always be mindful and present, and bolstering the spirit through strenuous challenges help to create the, “No Mind,” application. At the same time that students are learning techniques and reinforcing through practice, they are also building themselves up to be the best person that they can be. Han Mu Do’s value system and philosophy helps propel students to the best life that they can have. Instilling The “No Mind,” philosophy to their values. Han Mu Do Black Belts believe in themselves, help others without consequence, and want to make positive changes in the world.

Dr. Kimm tells the story in, Philosophy of Masters, of the young Master Moo Kwang. He was wearily riding on his horse one night after practicing with his bow. In his tired state he is surprised by a tiger. Without hesitation he draws and nocks an arrow and then releases a focused shot. Master Kwang gallops away on his horse without looking back. This moment of ‘No Minded,” reaction saved his life. Waiting for a tiger to pounce or having any delay in his reaction would have cost him his life.

Han Mu Do Students practicing jok sul or kicking techniques

At the start of a student’s Han Mu Do study they are learning to focus their mind, body, and spirit into the practice of sul, techniques and hyung, forms. Students’ progress and get better at being present in the moment and moving their body in very controlled ways. The training and technical learning from white belt to black belt preps students for being a black belt. Students start to learn groups of basic techniques that guide them through the theories of Han Mu Do. These techniques are large movements that require power to come from the body. This practice then allows them to understand more advanced techniques and then start applying their mental focus to the techniques.

When students are training for their first Dan in Han Mu Do, they are taught to say, “Yu Shim Kong Kwon.” This mantra is a tool that focuses the mind, develops rhythm with the body, and drives the spirit. Training the mind to be present and focused is one of the most useful and sought after martial arts techniques. Keeping the mind focused on basic techniques helps distract from random thoughts and students stay in control of the mind. The rhythm of techniques and application of power timed with proper breathing technique is practiced with each repetition. The movement of the class and the loud kiops or yells of their classmates help to raise the spirit and drive power. 

Justin Martin, He-Young Kimm Cup Champion, presenting an advanced staff form

Students learn to clear the mind and be 100% focused on the present. They test for their black belt and keep progressing. They have moved from calming the mind to clearing the mind. Buddhists talk of dusting off the mirror to attain a state without delusion. “No Mind,” is not a state of no thoughts. It is a state of the purest thought, without anything to distract us from the task at hand. Without distraction from any external or internal “dust,” the mind can focus on the moment and display the, “Bright light of Wisdom.” This level of being present allows black belts to perform advanced techniques and demonstrate at the highest level when required to do so.

The next morning Master Kwang returned to the place where he had shot the tiger. To his surprise, there was no tiger. A large rock sat in the place the of the tiger. Imbedded in the rock was Master Kwang’s arrow. He thought proudly of his shot and how no one else could have the power that he possessed. He drew another arrow and shot the rock again. The arrow bounced off the rock to the surprise of Master Kwang.