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from the writings of Grandmaster Moo Hwan Kim

United Martial Arts Black Belt Association


Shin: Appearance - Physical and mental fitness. A true Black Belt has a healthy body and keeps a positive attitude, which leads to a healthy mind.

Um: Speech – Black Belts must be able to speak clearly and intelligently. They must be simple and straightforward in their communication as they pass on information and instruction.

Sur: Writing – Black Belts also need to be able to clearly express themselves in writing, allowing others to easily understand what they are trying to communicate.

Phan: Judgment – Everyday, each decision we make takes our lives in different directions. A Black Belt must be able to see the consequences of his or her decisions and make the right choices to keep their lives on the right path.

Shil: Integrity – Honesty and trustworthiness are essential qualities for a Black Belt as the true martial artist must be a man or woman of their word.

Chung: Loyalty – A Black Belt must be faithful to his family, friends, community, Church and ultimately his country.

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