YU WON HWA MU SUL MEANING
Yu Won Hwa Mu Sul is Korean for Water Circle Harmony Martial Arts. The Yu Won Hwa is a traditional martial arts theory which governs the principles of movement and mentality of a true martial artist. From the theory of Yu (flowing, as in water), we learn to "go with the flow." When we are pushed, we pull; when we are pulled, we push. Water symbolizes many things, not the least of which are adaptability, softness and at the same time, great force.
The theory of Won (circle) acknowledges that every person has his or her own circle of "personal space." Attacks which invade this space should be redirected with circular and flowing defensive motions. This personal circle should be thought of as the least resistance. The circle is always rolling (active), and therefore, difficult to hold or grasp.
The theory of Hwa (harmony) represents the unity of mind and body. In practice, this is accomplished through repetition and meditation. Harmony is achieved within oneself, through a state of "emptiness" that recognizes "+" (yang) and "-" (um) are part of one; each is there to allow the other to exist, and cannot exist if the other part is not there.
The theory of Yu Won Hwa is that as flowing water seeks a harmonious state with its environment, constantly adapting to external changes, we should seek to maintain harmony within our inner circle so that all trespassers in this space are redirected in direct proportion to the force they introduce.
Master Will Gomez
Headmaster of Benicia Martial Arts Academy
Master Will has been practicing martial arts for over 25 years. He has training experience in traditional Korean Martial Arts, Taekwondo, and Chinese Acrobatics/Circus Arts. Growing up in Benicia, Master Will graduated from Benicia High, and then attended UC Berkeley. He was a member of their Olympic Taekwondo fighting team and demo/performance team. Master Will has won numerous titles and grand championships in empty hand forms, weapons, and fighting divisions. He has been an active member of the community getting involved with the elementary schools and bringing martial arts to our youth. Master Will has made it his life goal to teach healthy habits along with life skills through martial arts.