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Royal Court Martial Arts

Koong Joong Mu Sool

Kings, royal families and government officials had private armies and bodyguards who practiced another unique type of Martial Art known as Koong Joong Mu Sool. These royal court martial arts gave rise to esoteric techniques of easily portable weapons such as short swords and folding fans. Also developed were unique weaponless techniques of joint-locking and pressure point striking.

Existing records in Japan suggest that many Koog Jong Mu Sool techniques found their way there and gave birth to the Japanese art of Jujitsu. King Jin Hung of the Kingdom of Silla encouraged the Hwa Rang warriors to practice Koong Joong Mu Sool in addition to their other martial arts training. But later during the Koryo Dynasty and Chosun Dynasty, Korean kings enforced policies to discourage the practice of martial arts and to forbid the possession of weapons, in order to protect themselves from military rebellion or any other political uprising.

 However, Korean martial arts have continued to survive and develop both within and outside the royal courts, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated Korean martial artists to practice, record, and compile these precious ancient martial art techniques.