Friday, November 26, 2010

Hwa Rang Do

Meaning of Hwa Rang Do

Hwa = Flower
Rang = Man
Do = Way
The common English translations are "The Way of the Flowering Manhood" or "The Way of the Flowering Knights." The "Man" idea in this title refers to an ideal man: one of honor, strength, responsibility, and virtue. The reason for the word "Flower" is to state that just as a flower grows and then blooms, so should a man grow and then bloom into something beautiful. Also, just as a flower is beautiful just by being, so too should a man be honorable, loyal, strong, and virtuous by simply existing, without having to try to be any of these things. Obviously, since it is in the name of the Art, this idea is central to all aspects of Hwarangdo: one should be without needing to try to be. By this concept a practitioner is taught to be humble, strong, and honorable.
Hwa Rang Do is a renowned Korean martial art made famous for its extensive ariel kicking techniques as well as technical grappeling and takedown systems.  Hwa Rang Do is a mixed style comprised of soft and hard systems rooting from Ju Jitsu, Kung Fu, and Karate.  

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