Three Phases of Learning in Shin Ho Kwan

 

Phase 1: Su (수) – To Defend & Protect

“Su” comes from the Chinese word “Shou” (守) which means: to defend, protect, guard, conserve.  守 is made up of 宀 and 3 additional strokes. The character “宀” means, “roof”.

In this phase a new students learn the fundamentals of the art, including the movements, techniques, manners, mental knowledge, etc.  It is very important that these students faithfully follow the teachings of their instructor because the student is not ready to explore any modifications.

If you believe everything I say, you are a fool.  Prove me right or prove me wrong.  However, do it my way for now, so you can live long enough to prove me wrong.  – Tom Brown Jr.

Phase 2: Pa (파) – To Break & Destroy

“Pa” comes from the Chinese word “Po” (破) which means: to rupture, break, ruin, destroy.  破 is made up of and 5 additional strokes. The character “” means, “stone”.

In this phase students are finally ready to learn.  In Shin Ho Kwan this is typically around the rank of First Degree Black Belt.  This is when students start to form their own ideas and start breaking from tradition.  From a mental point of view, this is when the students start to make progress cutting through their egos and breaking their attachments to the illusions of self that have formed over their lifetimes.  They finally start to realize that the mirror is lying.

Phase 3: I (이) – To Leave

“I” comes from the Chinese word “Li” (離) which means: to leave, depart, go away, separate.  離 is made up of and 11 additional strokes. The character “” means, “bird”.  It should be noted that 離 is also the character for the third trigram (fire).

In this phase students have transcended the movements, techniques, manners, mental knowledge, etc.  They dwell in the four minds of Shin Ho Kwan, switching back and forth spontaneously.  When practicing a technique, they have no conscious thoughts.  Their minds cut through any invasive delusional thoughts.  They stand completely aware of their surroundings and are always open to new ideas.  They cling to nothing, including their egos, because they have no ego.  All their thought-objects disappear and their thinking minds drop away.

For things are things because of mind, as mind is mind because of things. – Xin Xin Ming

Something to think about….

by Master Sean Pearson

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Written by Sean Pearson

Throughout his career, in an effort to become a truly well-rounded martial artist in both practice and philosophy, Master Pearson has studied a wide variety of martial arts: Taekwondo, Kali, Kyudo, Iaido, Aikido, Judo, Jodo, Bando and Tai Chi. He holds dan rankings in six of these arts and master ranks in three of them. To this same end he has studied and achieved national recognition as a wilderness survival instructor, a certified hypnotherapist, and a lecturer in Neuro Linguistic Psychology.

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