Intro to WHD

About WonwhadoIntro to WHD
About Wonwhado
Intro to WHD
Wonhwado was not secretly transmitted
to any single person or group.
It was a very simple and small movement that our ancestors always acted everywhere,
but it was a vital three-mu movement, Bi-son.
It is a gesture that expresses the joy and excitement you feel when it flows through your shoulder to body,
starting with a small movement of rubbing your hands with gratitude and faith,
whether you are happy or sad in your daily life.
It seems that we who live today may have forgotten it, but like a reed that makes a sound when the wind blows,
it is our gestures and beliefs that come out spontaneously when we meet the excitement.
Whenever and wherever we close our eyes, the various gestures that appear in our minds
(it is like dancing, like martial arts, and like playing with each other), it would be foolish if you guess that it started out as one person.
However, as some people more enjoyed singing, so they became singer, and because some people more enjoyed dancing, they became dancers.
As such, the Great Grand Master Han Bong-gi, the 2nd Grand Master Jo Ik-hun and some people, with who enjoyed this as a martial art, came together and started, under the name of Wonhwado. The name Wonhwado (圓和道) is a name that includes ‘the harmony of several circles’, that is, ‘圓和,’ and the ‘道’ that distinguishes between what should be done and what should not be done.

History of Wonhwado

The Wonhwado Island was organized into 8 directions and 40 hyeong(types) by Great Grand Master Han Bong-gi by systematizing the teachings of 12,000 techniques that he received from numerous ancestors in the inner world (spirit world) in the mid-1960s. At first, under the name of Hwa-Sul (和術) or Won Hwa-Sul (圓和術), in the early 1970s, a small number of martial artists such as Jo Ik-Hyeon, Heo Seon, and Yu Hae-Soo etc some Martial artist trained.

In the 1980s,

several masters, including Lee Byeong-deok, Choi Gyu-bo, who trained at Bongcheon Dojang in Seoul, were sent to Eastern Europe, and the seeds sown at that time became the foundation for the organization of the European Wonhwado association.

In the 1990s,

Wonhwado clubs were active in over 40 universities, including Sunmoon University, Dankook University, and Seoul National University.

In 2003,

the World Wonhwado Federation was established to systematically distribute and develop Wonhwado. The Federation continues to produce Wonhwado leaders and holder of a rank at home and abroad, and participates in various martial arts competitions at home and abroad. The federation is holding the World Wonhwado Leaders Training Contest, producing and distributing Wonhwado textbooks, memorial service for Mr. Han Bongki, the founding of Wonhwado Society and publishing academic journals, fostering the next generation Wonhwado leaders, and reorganizing the Wonhwado Islands in each country and for mutual exchange etc, doing various activities.

Meaning of the name of Wonhwado

Wonhwado is a martial art of Sammu made up of Won(圓), Hua(和), and Do(道). Wonhwa (圓和) means the harmony of several circles, and Do (道) have means to distinguish between what to do and what to not do.
The circle (圓) means the fundamental force for life to exist. It is possible for life to exist only when there is power to let go and pull or to send and greet. Life is sustained when mutual exchange, push, and pull continue eternally. The line that shows this forever continuing flow is circle.
Hwa (和) is harmony. When moving from one circle to another or moving from one circle to another, harmony without friction is the essential point. By this harmony, the harmony of yin and yang, the harmony of strength and softness, and the harmony of patience and impatience are achieved. Ultimately, we pursue a community life where we live in harmony.
Do(道) is the norm that distinguishes between what to do and what not to do, what to use and what not to use, where to go and where not to go, what to say and what not to say. It is also a method of discernment for using it with conscience, and it is also a wisdom for how to use it. It refers to a communal life in which humans harmoniously give and take with other humans as well as the environment using the principles of Do(道)..
Therefore, the goal of Wonhwado is to pursue a win-win situation rather than inflicting harm and injury upon others. This means controlling our temperament, controlling our words, leading a brighter life, a healthier life, and co-existing with others through harmony, not selfishness.

The structure of Wonhwado

Wonhwado is composed of 8 directions and 40 hyeong(types).
Jeongmyeon Gongbang
(front-offensive and defensive)
This is a method of offensive and defensive on the front line of the opponent. This hyung(type) is the most important step in Wonhwado training, and is the beginning and end.
Pyeongoe Gongbang
(leftside offensive and defensive)
This is a a method of offensive and defensive that goes from the front to the left. This hyung(type) is advantageous when fighting against an opponent who is taller than himself.
Humyeon Gongbang
(backside-offensive and defensive)
This is a method of offensive and defensive that allows this side to secure a suitable position for the battle by taking a step back. This hyeong(type) is a method of offensive and defensive that waits for the moment when the opponent loses a beat and then responds to the battle immediately. It is easy to grasp the attack pattern of the opponent.
Pyeongnae Gongbang
(rightside-offensive and defensive)
This is a a method of offensive and defensive with an opponent who is strong in frontal and outside attacks, while maintaining an appropriate distance from the opponent.
Cheukoe Gongbang
(flank outside-offensive and defensive)
This is easy a method offensive and defensive when you seem to fight in front of you, but then turn away from the struggle with the opponent at an angle and switch to an advantageous one.
Juoe Gongbang
(leftside back offensive and defensive)
This is a method of offensive and defensive of inducing the opponent to come deeper without avoiding when attacking with their long arms and long legs. It seems to be avoiding the head, then changes direction in an instant and turns into an attack.
Junae Gongbang
(rightside back offensive and defensive)
This is a method of offensive and defensive tha Connect from left foot to right foot in response to the opponent's powerful attack on the preparation ship and breaking down the opponent's attack and then hitting that opponent's disorganized center of gravity.
CheukNae Gongbang
(flank inside-offensive and defensive)
This is a method of offensive and defensive that attempts to lure outward from the ready posture of offensive and defensive and then digs inward in an instant, based on the flexibility and elasticity of the waist.