SUNBI MARTIAL ARTS

THE HAN PHILOSOPHY

Approximately ten thousand years ago, the ancestors of the Korean people began to migrate from the Pharmil fields of Central Asia to the eastern coast of Asia.  They moved toward the warmer climate and access to the sea and settled in present-day Manchuria, and the Peninsula of Korea.  There, the Korean people created a unique civilization based on the Han Philosophy.

The Han Philosophy is purely of Korean origin.  It was nurtured and matured by the Korean people before relations with neighboring nations were established.  The Han Philosophy is based on four distinct characteristics.

The First Han has to do with the head or leader.  The Korean people look for leadership and guidance from the holders of high positions.  Examples would be the king or head os state, the father or head of the family, the teacher or head of the classroom.  These people are the leaders of their particular domain and are regarded by the Korean people as the most important persons in a society.

The Second Han has to do with one's dedication to the community whether it be his neighborhood or his entire country.  Each person is condidered a vital member of the community as a whole.  Harmony within thecommunity as a whole is very important in the pursuit of happiness for the individual as well as for the country.

The Fourth Han means higher learning.  The Korean people place great value on education and culture.  They strive for excellence in learning, whether it is literature or martial arts. 

The Third Han means brightness and optimism.  Brightness in the Korean language implies peace, cleanness and honesty in life.  One should be optimistic no matter what the hardships one has faced in the past.

These four distinct characteristics of the Han Philosophy permeated into every facet of Korean society.  It has been embedded in Korean culture, religion, economics, politics and especially in the martial arts.

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