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The Korean Martial Art of Jangmookido
 Jangmookido has been called an " avant - garde martial art." It is still a young discipline, but  has begin to enjoy popularity. The founder and style director Jonny Edvinsson - who trained for many years in different Korean and Asien martial arts before going on to establish this new system.  Jangmookido draws deeply on various ancient martial arts.  A form of meditation, it is a way to increased self - awareness and serenity. But still, Jangmookido is a speed and dynamic modern art of mastering of the Korean long bamboo rod and other traditional long weapons. The secret of this training learn is not strange, it is been in Korean culture for thousands of years...
The Roots of Jangmookido
The Korean Peninsula began to be populated around
28 000 BC, when human from central and northern Asia migrared into the area. The people lived by hunting and fishing, so they settled near the mountains and rivers, where there was plenty of food. It was important at has a strong body with a powerful fighting instict, to be able to defend itself against the big wild animals and against other tribles who wanted to soul their food and property. Small villages with high fences were eventually built, in that way hade more effective defense. They designed different defense methods, both unarmed and with weapons. The most effective weapons was Mokbong
( wooden rod ) because of its length and that it is both flexible and relatively easy to master, so the wooden rod was the best en effective weapons in combat. The matrial that Mokbong is made of grows outside the villages, so Mokbong was a natural weapons that everyone get hold of. Wooden rod is the oldest weapon in human history and over time grew more efficient way for the use of Mokbong... 


 Spears and archery

Wall paintings from Goguryeo era allows all types of fighting techniques of the time able to see: Coat of arms for the long haul, so that a bow and arrow and crossbow. Weapons for short distance or close combat, which spearhead and sword arts as well unarmed.

108 BC. constantly in war with the Chinese forced the Korean people to gradually unify their villages to larger political units, which eventually led to the formation of three kingdoms: Goguryeo, Silla and Paekche. This marked the beginning of the period: The Three Royal Sentences ( 18BC - 668 CE ) During this period korean art, architrcture, literature, politics and military knowledge flourished when Chinese influences and reinterpreted in aunique Korean way. Buddhism eventually become state religion in all three kingdoms and was transferred to Japan by Paekche

 
 In 372 CE, Buddhism was established in Korea and many buddhist- , taoist monks trained martial arts and their ideas and techniques across cultural boundaries. Buddhist monks mainly train martial arts for their healths sake, to get a physical workout to their mental training,  meditation. An excellent combination of training for their lifestyle:
To find the meaning of life. Their favorite exercise equipment was Mokbong, part of monks designed new unique training equipment by the wooden rod. When they were out in the country and preached about buddhism, the monk had martial arts shows to be able to get their ration of food. Through many hours of daily routine of meditation and martial arts, the monks becom very talented in Bulgyo Musul. Many Buddhist monks were called by the Royal Military, they formed small monk armies of warrior monks who fought for their mother country.

Even today, korean Buddhist monks are practicing Bulgyo Musul in the Korean mountains. For decades martial arts interested, instructor and masters from different styles, traveled to Korea and check in on so-called "Temple Stay" to study and train the Korean buddhist monks disciplins and wisdoms.

 
About 2000 years ago, Period of The Three Kingdoms,  Generals and warrior conducted historical battles around the Korean Peninsula, to hold back aggressive neighboring countries. The venerable Korean great warriors class devoted their lives to study of Gungjung Musul, to protect and defend their mother country. These warriors include Sun Bi ( intelligent brave) and Hwa Rang ( youthful flower ) except that they were warriors, they are said to have established a high moral code of conduct and were trained in the intellectual and cultural arts of the time. There Korean elite  warriors, who were trained in well organized combat methods to become very great warriors, with special dynamic strategy from a unique spirit of Gungjung Musul.
 
1759 was produced four official textbooks on all ancient military warfare in Korea, Results: Muye Dobo Tongji is the ever-surviving classic text about the Korean art of war, based on the earliest known Korean writing Muye Jebo 1598. Muye Dobo Tongji contains the 24 combat methods, which include unarmed techniques, different kinds of sword and spears weapons, battle with horse and water combat tactics and more... Further more a documentation of the armaments used.  This battle manual reflects the true Korean warrior species, which is immateriel, cultural asset. The weather is highly historical and artistic and is for atlhetic training.It also shows the spirit of practical science for a rich and strong kingdom during the end of the 1700. 
 
In 1945 ended the Second World War and Korea regained its independence from Japan. After the wartime period was a thuiving time for korean martial arts. Many traditional styles were re-discovered, blended and converted into new eclectic styles. Now in  the modern time there are new styles that have been re-discoveredand re-organize traditional fiqhting skills into new systems, which will preserve its national character and prevent them from falling into oblivion.

The Establishment of Jangmookido

Through years of training, preparation and mastery of various styles in Korean and Asian martial arts, has the  founder Jonny Edvinsson developed and created the style Jangmookido. By selectively mixed existing ancient Korean combat skills with their own innovations. As a result, has this new style Jangmookido a unique, varied and extensive arsenal of combat technique and a complete training concept. Jangmookido is the real way of mastery of traditional long weapons.


Real studies of true traditional  weapons martial arts must include contain proper techniques ( sool ) philosophy ( Chul Hak ) and etiquette ( Ye Ui ) Jangmookido philosophy is based on the old warrior principles and korean buddhist philosophy. This two promotes the ideals which Jangmookido stand for: to learn valuable lessons from traditional long weapons study and supplying them into our lives in order to live a better lifestyle. Jangmookido etiquette is about conduct based on respect, by to bow. This is a basic formal act to show respect to yourself and to other. Develop mentally, physially and spiritually as well respect other people is the right path for Jangmookido.

Ranking in Jangmookido is based on age. Grading for talented students and lincensed instructors sentenced in different ways. Although the word degree and grading is associated with the word "Dan" ( black belt ). In Korean martial arts talks about "Gup" as belt level under Dan grad. They are divided into three levels:  Cho - Beginner level, Joong - Middle level and Sang - High level.
There are ten steps from white belt,  up to 1 st Dan Black belt ( 10 - 1 )



The International Jangmookido Federation  was offically established in order to spread it to the world. Jangmookido is based on more than two thousand years of Korean old warrior spirit history and has been researched and developed by Jonny Edvinsson to create an extensive and spectacular martial arts by traditional long weapons from Korea. The purpose of Jangmookido is to allow people to have the opportunity to train and develop both mentally and spititualy together in a modern martial art of ancient korean military warfare.

The name Jangmookido is protected and cannot be used without approval from The International Jangmookido Federation.  
MISSION OF THE IJF:
The IJF was founded for the purpose of protecting and preserving the classical Korean martial arts. Jangmokido are a form of family body work that makes it possible to realize ones true self, purify the soul and elevate the spirit of this historical martial art of Korea and protect and preserving Jangmookido for all years  ahead.

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 582 28 Linkoping - Sweden