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■ Identity and History of Ki-Cheon


Identity and History of Ki-Cheon


What is Ki-Cheon?


There are many traditional cultures of our people that have existed as if there were none, and have been making excuses to be hidden among the people. We call it ‘Jikimi’. For example, food to eat, cloths to wear, and so are those things to enjoy along the life. Among these things, there has been a way to protect our spirit, and to protect our body, and protect our families and national members, so some called it a method of training and some called martial arts. However, these names were only given to later generations, and there was no need for names in the old days, when they were life and life itself. There were such things as this is, but there were no names, no shapes, and there were things that could not be seen or captured, so it was called Ki-Cheon.


Recent History of Ki-Cheon


Ki-Cheon has long been passed down in the mountains as an apprenticeship by the face-to-face and by heart-to-heart. Park Dae-yang the first Grand Master, who was carried by Wonhyesangin at the age of 5, entered to Seoraksan Mountain. In the late 1960s, he went down the mountain in order to pass on Ki-Cheon as a way of saving people. Therefore, Ki-Cheon came out to the world as his mentor asked him.

Since the age of 11, the Second Grand Master Park Sakyu has spent his youth learning various martial arts, starting with Taekwondo. In October 1979, one of Master Park SaKyu’s hometown friends introduced Master Park Dae-yang Ki-Cheon to him, and the passing-down relationship of Ki-Cheon has begun. He was attracted to Ki-Cheon, which is composed of Korean traditional dance moves such as curved lines and Taegeuk, and three beats and pedigree, unlike other traditional martial arts.


After three years of silence training, called as ‘Muk-Un’, Jeong gong Training began, and all movements of Ki-Cheon were carried out severely with the teacher on his back. On October 3, 1996, after such a harsh 20-year of training for inheritance, Park Sakyu took over ‘Grand Master’ position from Park Dae-yang. Since then, Grand Master has continued to study based on the master-student relations, and with the death of Park Dae-yang, the training has completed actually.


At the time of its introduction, in the late 1970s, Korea had a boom in traditional martial arts as well as cultures such as music and dance, and it was a time when martial arts sparring was common to show one's skills by winning or losing.


Grand Master Park Sakyu also entered a sparring with his teacher initially, but in fact, physical training of Ki-Cheon were only a small part of his whole competences. He realized that Ki-Cheon was a skill capturing art with its body (‘Ye-Hak’), such as the art of saving people (‘Hwal-Myung’), learning enlightenment (‘Do-Hak’), and martial art (‘Mu-Hak’). Grand Master Park Sakyu has been teaching Ki-Cheon in the Gyeryong Mountain for about 25 years, Based on the principle of concerning people’s wide interests from the founding father Dangun, which is the root of the Korean spirit,




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