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Traditional Korean Martial Arts

The International Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™ (IJTMSK) is an officially and internationally recognized organization of traditional Korean martial arts schools and practitioners, operating under the direction and guidance of Grandmaster John B. Murphy.

The International Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™ is authorized and fully accredited by the Republic of Korea, via the Hanminjok Hapkido Association. Certificate No. A-76

As teachers and practitioners of traditional martial arts, all members of the IJTMSK pledge to follow the virtues and principles of the Hwa Rang, a famous historical group of warriors stemming from the ancient kingdom of Silla (pronounced: SHEE-lah), that unified all the various kingdoms present on the Korean peninsula. Although not as famous, there were similar groups in neighboring kingdoms which also held lofty ideals for their military, thus forming a trend of high ethical standards in regard to traditional Korean martial arts. For a PDF which outlines the IJTMSK Rules of Conduct, click HERE.

Contact us today to learn how the IJTMSK can help improve your martial arts program!
The International Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™
JTMShapkido@gmail.com

Contact us today to learn how the IJTMSK can help improve your martial arts program!
The International Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™
JTMShapkido@gmail.com

~ Official “kwan” recognition and accreditation ~

Despite the fact that many Korean martial arts organizations outside of Korea utilize the word, “kwan” in describing themselves, it is important to realize that not all of them have official status as a fully recognized and accredited martial arts entity, or KWAN, in the eyes of the South Korean government. This is because the word ‘kwan’ (館) has an archaic meaning of “school” and yet it’s also the term that the Republic of Korea issues when sanctioning a martial arts oriented business.

Take note that the International Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™ (IJTMSK) is officially sanctioned by the Republic of Korea {Certificate No. A-76}, and thus, any certificates for DAN ranking issued by the IJTMSK are fully backed and approved in ways that unaccredited kwans can’t deliver.

To sum up, since many martial art groups use the word kwan in their name but few bear the credentials which make a true kwan so highly respected to begin with, it's wise to ascertain which martial art organization one should affiliate with. If you practice a traditional Korean martial art or sport, the IJTMSK invites you to look into affiliating with us.   ~   It might be the best decision you ever make.


JTMS Arts


Within theInternational Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™, there are several recognized martial disciplines in which official JTMS  Dan certification may be earned.


Hapkido (HKD / 합기도 / 合氣道)  –  “Way of Coordinated (Martial) Power”

Hapkido, the flagship art of the JTMS Group, was founded through the combined efforts of many different masters beginning with the teachings of Choi Yong Sul, culminating in its present day practice that continues to refine and evolve the art. Hapkido encompasses a wide range of skills, techniques, and principles to effectively deal with all ranges and levels of combat. As such, Hapkido is a highly adaptable and complex art, able to meet the needs of literally any self-defense situation.


Tuk-Kong Military Skills (TKMS / 특공무술 / 特攻武術)  –  “Special Forces Martial Arts”

TKMS, or Tuk Kong Mu Sool, is the distinctive combat art of the 'Special Forces' units within the South Korean military, initially founded in 1978. TKMS is unique in that it was founded due to an official mandate by then South Korean President, Park Chung Hee, with the specific goal of training large numbers of soldiers to battlefield combat-readiness in the shortest amount of time. Tukkong Musool is a “no frills” system whose diversity includes all sorts of "hand to hand" skills, including kicking, striking, trapping, locking, throwing, pinning, grappling, stick, knife, and rifle/bayonet skills. TKMS was constructed from the martial principles, techniques, and methodologies of Kuk-Sool Hapkido and utilizes them within the principle framework of a simple, direct, yet effective combative system. TKMS demands a high level of physical fitness to meet the intense training standards common to the art, as practiced by the South Korean Special Forces. JTMS Founder and President, Grandmaster John B. Murphy, is considered by many to be the senior [non-Korean] ranking TKMS practitioner in North America, having begun his TKMS experience in the 1980’s. GM Murphy considers GM In Sun Seo to be the ultimate authority on Tukkong Military Arts, since the art was founded by several top leading martial art masters who at the time were serving in the military and all of whom were Grandmaster Seo’s students prior to enlistment. Therefore it was actually his teaching philosophy and techniques which formed the foundation upon which this dynamic martial arts system was built and which it continues to evolve.


Tae Kwon Do (TKD / 태권도 / 跆拳道)  –  “Way of the Foot and Fist”

Tae Kwon Do (the official martial sport of the South Korean Government) was founded in 1955 by General Choi Hong Hi. Tae Kwon Do, which is known for its exceptional arsenal of advanced kicking skills, deals almost exclusively with striking and kicking while being heavily reliant on sparring practice and forms (also known as poomse/tul/hyung). JTMS Tae Kwon Do is practiced from both a martial art and sporting perspective.


Tang Soo Do (TSD / 당수도 / 唐手道)  –  “Way of the Ancient Hand”

Tang Soo Do or ‘Korean Karate’ as it is also known (the characters 唐手道 are pronounced kara-te-do in Japanese), was founded around 1945 and is the predecessor art to Tae Kwon Do. Tang Soo Do is defined by its utilization of forms stemming from classical Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese sources, plus a strong emphasis on hip torque combined with telltale Korean kicking skills, as well as heavy philosophical implications. Unlike Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do maintains a purely defensive/combative emphasis with much less involvement on sporting applications.


Mu Ki Do (MKD / 무기도 / 武器道)  –  “Way of Martial Arts Weaponry”

Mu Ki Do is the skillful use of weapons, and is thus normally practiced only by those with a solid training foundation in another “empty hand” martial art, with which to build upon. JTMS Mu Ki Do incorporates both ancient and modern weaponry, encompassing all categories, namely; impact, cutting, projectile, flexible, and combination weapon types. JTMS Mu Ki Do utilizes all martial arts weapons of the Korean Peninsula, whether uniquely indigenous or influenced by weapons from neighboring cultures (i.e. China, Japan, & Mongolia).


Ho Shin Do (HSD / 호신도 / 護身道)  –  “Way of Body Protection”

Ho Shin Do is a system of pure self-defense; its practice is heavily reliant on easily executed foundational elements designed for maximum effectiveness, such as straight-line kicking to low targets (no higher than the hips), joint manipulations, fundamental body throws, and centerline striking, specifically targeting vital areas like the groin, lower abdomen, and solar plexus, not to mention the eyes, nose, and throat (including the brachial plexus, suprasternal notch, and the hyoid). Unlike Hapkido and Tukkong, Ho Shin Do does NOT make use of the high falling skills, nor the more acrobatic kicking and speed throwing maneuvers of the aforementioned arts. Ho Shin Do focuses primarily on the development of instinctual body reaction with regards to blocking and evasion from common attacks, counter striking, trapping, and locking.

Kuk Sool (KS / 국술 / 國術)  –  “Korean (Combined) Martial Arts”

Kuk Sool is a combination of Hapkido and kung-fu based martial skills, which were incorporated into a comprehensive martial art that is now internationally recognized, with a considerable reputation. Kuk Sool is a traditional Korean conglomerate system which was established in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s by several masters with unparalleled knowledge of martial arts. Kuk Sool has a strong, highly organized curriculum that covers most elements of the traditional Korean martial arts spectrum, as it pertains to technique and style.

JTMS Arts


Within theInternational Jun Tong Mu Sool Kwan™, there are several recognized martial disciplines in which official JTMS  Dan certification may be earned.


Hapkido (HKD / 합기도 / 合氣道)  –  “Way of Coordinated (Martial) Power”

Hapkido, the flagship art of the JTMS Group, was founded through the combined efforts of many different masters beginning with the teachings of Choi Yong Sul, culminating in its present day practice that continues to refine and evolve the art. Hapkido encompasses a wide range of skills, techniques, and principles to effectively deal with all ranges and levels of combat. As such, Hapkido is a highly adaptable and complex art, able to meet the needs of literally any self-defense situation.


Tuk-Kong Military Skills (TKMS / 특공무술 / 特攻武術)  –  “Special Forces Martial Arts”

TKMS, or Tuk Kong Mu Sool, is the distinctive combat art of the 'Special Forces' units within the South Korean military, initially founded in 1978. TKMS is unique in that it was founded due to an official mandate by then South Korean President, Park Chung Hee, with the specific goal of training large numbers of soldiers to battlefield combat-readiness in the shortest amount of time. Tukkong Musool is a “no frills” system whose diversity includes all sorts of "hand to hand" skills, including kicking, striking, trapping, locking, throwing, pinning, grappling, stick, knife, and rifle/bayonet skills. TKMS was constructed from the martial principles, techniques, and methodologies of Kuk-Sool Hapkido and utilizes them within the principle framework of a simple, direct, yet effective combative system. TKMS demands a high level of physical fitness to meet the intense training standards common to the art, as practiced by the South Korean Special Forces. JTMS Founder and President, Grandmaster John B. Murphy, is considered by many to be the senior [non-Korean] ranking TKMS practitioner in North America, having begun his TKMS experience in the 1980’s. GM Murphy considers GM In Sun Seo to be the ultimate authority on Tukkong Military Arts, since the art was founded by several top leading martial art masters who at the time were serving in the military and all of whom were Grandmaster Seo’s students prior to enlistment. Therefore it was actually his teaching philosophy and techniques which formed the foundation upon which this dynamic martial arts system was built and which it continues to evolve.


Tae Kwon Do (TKD / 태권도 / 跆拳道)  –  “Way of the Foot and Fist”

Tae Kwon Do (the official martial sport of the South Korean Government) was founded in 1955 by General Choi Hong Hi. Tae Kwon Do, which is known for its exceptional arsenal of advanced kicking skills, deals almost exclusively with striking and kicking while being heavily reliant on sparring practice and forms (also known as poomse/tul/hyung). JTMS Tae Kwon Do is practiced from both a martial art and sporting perspective.


Tang Soo Do (TSD / 당수도 / 唐手道)  –  “Way of the Ancient Hand”

Tang Soo Do or ‘Korean Karate’ as it is also known (the characters 唐手道 are pronounced kara-te-do in Japanese), was founded around 1945 and is the predecessor art to Tae Kwon Do. Tang Soo Do is defined by its utilization of forms stemming from classical Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese sources, plus a strong emphasis on hip torque combined with telltale Korean kicking skills, as well as heavy philosophical implications. Unlike Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do maintains a purely defensive/combative emphasis with much less involvement on sporting applications.


Mu Ki Do (MKD / 무기도 / 武器道)  –  “Way of Martial Arts Weaponry”

Mu Ki Do is the skillful use of weapons, and is thus normally practiced only by those with a solid training foundation in another “empty hand” martial art, with which to build upon. JTMS Mu Ki Do incorporates both ancient and modern weaponry, encompassing all categories, namely; impact, cutting, projectile, flexible, and combination weapon types. JTMS Mu Ki Do utilizes all martial arts weapons of the Korean Peninsula, whether uniquely indigenous or influenced by weapons from neighboring cultures (i.e. China, Japan, & Mongolia).


Ho Shin Do (HSD / 호신도 / 護身道)  –  “Way of Body Protection”

Ho Shin Do is a system of pure self-defense; its practice is heavily reliant on easily executed foundational elements designed for maximum effectiveness, such as straight-line kicking to low targets (no higher than the hips), joint manipulations, fundamental body throws, and centerline striking, specifically targeting vital areas like the groin, lower abdomen, and solar plexus, not to mention the eyes, nose, and throat (including the brachial plexus, suprasternal notch, and the hyoid). Unlike Hapkido and Tukkong, Ho Shin Do does NOT make use of the high falling skills, nor the more acrobatic kicking and speed throwing maneuvers of the aforementioned arts. Ho Shin Do focuses primarily on the development of instinctual body reaction with regards to blocking and evasion from common attacks, counter striking, trapping, and locking.

Kuk Sool (KS / 국술 / 國術)  –  “Korean (Combined) Martial Arts”

Kuk Sool is a combination of Hapkido and kung-fu based martial skills, which were incorporated into a comprehensive martial art that is now internationally recognized, with a considerable reputation. Kuk Sool is a traditional Korean conglomerate system which was established in the late 1950’s to early 1960’s by several masters with unparalleled knowledge of martial arts. Kuk Sool has a strong, highly organized curriculum that covers most elements of the traditional Korean martial arts spectrum, as it pertains to technique and style.


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