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Martial Arts Legacy

Most historians trace the origins of the martial arts back to the Shaolin Temple. Bodhidharma traveled from India to China to spread Buddhism. He developed a physical martial arts practice from watching animals in combat. He taught these techniques to the monks there to strengthen their spiritual practice, and this became what is now called Kung Fu.

Matsumura ~ Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura (1798 – 1890) had mastered this Chinese martial art of Kung Fu and when he began his role as the protector of the Shuri Castle in Okinawa. The art was based on soft and flowing motions observed from watching animals in nature. It had many circling and pecking motions striking at pressure points. But Matsumura revised his martial art to reflect what he learned from actual combat defending Shuri Castle. He kept the emphasis on hitting pressure points but created the hard linear fighting art we now know as Karate, based on actual unarmed combat against multiple opponents.

Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura was the commander of the Shuri Castle defenses for many years, from the mid 1820’s until 1879, and could be considered the prime master who developed linear Karate-Do. Against multiple opponents one does not have the time to circle and peck at the opponent as in Kung Fu. One must use a single deadly blow so you can move on to the next opponent.

E = MC Squared – An equation in German-born physicist Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity that showed that the increased relativistic mass (m) of a body comes from the energy of motion of the body—that is, its kinetic energy (E)—divided by the speed of light squared (c2).

Pre-Einstein, Matsumura applied the principle of “E = MC2” (Energy equals Mass times Speed squared) into his fighting art, the premise being that increasing the speed of the technique by 2 times provides 4 times the Energy or Effect. Increase speed by 3 times and have 9 times the effect. Matsumura incorporated fast and hard linear techniques into his fighting art from the necessity of fighting multiple opponents empty handed..

The Island of Okinawa was controlled both by Japan and China, neither of whom allowed the residents of Okinawa to own weapons. Various countries, including the US, attempted to take over and control this strategically located island. The crews of various ships wished to trade with the residents, who mostly just wanted to be left alone. Those who wanted to control the island sought to capture the Emperor of Okinawa. Besides Matsumura, the two main guards of the Emperor, trained by Matsumura, were Itosu and Azato, who were gifted martial artists even before becoming the Emperor’s guards. They often had to fend off multiple attackers at once, so their fighting style also developed from practical unarmed combat over many years. This is also the reason
R Bushman Tae Kwon Do is one of the few martial arts that still teaches multiple opponent sparring at the higher ranks.

Matsumura was the inventor, and Itosu was the teacher. Yasutsune Itosu developed what he learned from Matsumura and gave it structure. Itosu created the five PyungAhn forms.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ank%C5%8D_Asato for more information about Itosu’s fellow martial artist Azato

Funakoshi ~ a student of Azato and Itosu, Gichin Funakoshi organized these martial arts techniques and practice patterns (kata, hyung or forms) into Shotokan Karate-Do, and is known as the father of modern Karate.

Ro One of Gichin Funikoshi’s students was the Korean martial artist  Byung Jik Ro, whom Grand Master Bushman met while he was younger and who is in the picture below. Supreme Grand Master Ro is seated in front on the right side next to Grand Master I K Kim.  Grand Master Bushman is on the left side just right of the young lady in front, second row, at about age 13.

Grand Master Ro founded the Song Moo Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do, one of the five major schools or kwans when Tae Kwon Do was organized after WWII.   Song Moo Kwan takes all the techniques from Shotokan Karate Do and adds the excellent Korean kicking skills of Tae Kwon Do.

Kim ~ One of Supreme Grand Master Ro’s senior students was Grand Master Il-Kwon Kim, who refined the Song Moo Kwan style and founded Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do, started in 1967 in Cincinnati ,Ohio. Grand Master Bushman has Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do tattooed in Korean over his heart. To the left is picture of Grand Master Bushman with Grand Master Kim and Master Phil Weintraub who was Grand Master Bushman’s  initial instructor under Grand Master Kim.

Grand Master Bushman is the only Master or Teacher or Student to have trained and taught for Grand Master Kim for over 42 years.  Those who started before Grand Master Bushman retired many years ago, and those who started after him were far behind him in years and rank.

Non-affiliation with I K Kim Tae Kwon Do Centers, Inc. –   R Bushman Tae Kwon Do, Inc. is not affiliated with or endorsed by the legal entity I K Kim Tae Kwon Do Centers, Inc. With Grand Master Kim’s passing the ownership of this legal entity, to our knowledge, passed to his wife and four daughters, who have limited martial arts training and experience. While Grand Master Bushman is close friends with, in communication with, and respects all of the master instructors and black belts still involved with this legal entity, the continuation of Grand Master Kim’s martial arts teachings through 8th dan black belt level is the focus of Grand Master Bushman’s vision for the future.

Bushman ~ Grand Master Roy Bushman began in 1972 under Grand Master I K Kim and has 2nd dan (1978) and 3rd dan (1981) black belt certificates signed by Grand Master Ro.

Grand Master Bushman promoted to 8th dan black belt in October 2011 under Grand Master Kim (see videos). Grand Master Bushman has 42 years of training and volunteer teaching under Grand Master I K Kim, longer than any other student of Grand Master Kim. With Grand Master Kim’s passing Grand Master Bushman formed R Bushman Tae Kwon Do Inc. in 2015, taking all of the techniques of Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do and adding the chi flow and energy work of Sun Do Taoist Healing Arts. See the Sun Do page on our website.

 

Our Vision and Historical Lineage

  • Matsumura, Sokon
  • 1798 – 1890
  • Itosu, Anko
  • 1831 – 1915
  • Azato, Anko
  • 1827 – 1906
  • Funakoshi, Gichin
  • 1868 – 1957
  • Ro, Byung Jik
  • 1919 – 2015
  • Kim, I K
  • 1941 to 2015
  • Bushman, R
  • 1961 to present

Our Team

  • Grand Master Roy Bushman, 9th Dan Black Belt, Traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do since 1972
    Grand Master Roy Bushman, 9th Dan Black Belt, Traditional Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon Do since 1972
  • Master Mike Farmer, 6th Dan, South Lakeland Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, Mulberry, Florida
    Master Mike Farmer, 6th Dan, South Lakeland Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, Mulberry, Florida
  • Master Jamie Embras-Henry, 5th Dan Black Belt
    Master Jamie Embras-Henry, 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Master Aaron Hamilton, 5th Dan Black Belt
    Master Aaron Hamilton, 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Ms Jenifer Hamilton, 4th Dan Black Belt
    Ms Jenifer Hamilton, 4th Dan Black Belt
  • Mr. Barry Reis, 2nd Dan Black Belt
    Mr. Barry Reis, 2nd Dan Black Belt
  • The VanVoorhis family of black belts
    The VanVoorhis family of black belts
  • Mr. Dan Schmitz, in Korea with GM Bushman 2008
    Mr. Dan Schmitz, in Korea with GM Bushman 2008

Affiliated Martial Artists

  • Supreme Grand Master KyongwonAhn, 9th Dan Kukkiwon/WTF
    Supreme Grand Master KyongwonAhn, 9th Dan Kukkiwon/WTF
  • Supreme Grand Master Joon P Choi, Song Moo Kwan United, Columbus, Ohio
    Supreme Grand Master Joon P Choi, Song Moo Kwan United, Columbus, Ohio
  • Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee of the Global Hapkido Association, Michigan
    Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee of the Global Hapkido Association, Michigan
  • Grand Master Scott Schwab of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
    Grand Master Scott Schwab of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
  • Master Paul Korchak of the Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, Song Moo Kwan United
    Master Paul Korchak of the Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center, Song Moo Kwan United
  • Master Sara Schwab, of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio
    Master Sara Schwab, of Valor Martial Arts, Dayton, Ohio

Testimonials

  • We switched from another school recently and the difference in discipline and personal attention is extraordinary. Grand Master Bushman explains each move in order to allow the student to truly understand how and why it would be used. This is taught with the respect and skill that it should be taught by knowledgeable instructors.

    Lish Lab-Clements, Five Seasons Sports Club RBushmanTKD Mom
  • Thanks for your kindness and skill as a teacher. The Lab Family, The Clements Family.

    Ashton
  • Hi Mr.Bushman,
    Thank you for being a part of ____'s team. For the past year, he has lived with us as a foster child. We are in the process of adopting him, hopefully by the end of the summer. You are part of a team of teachers and therapists who are making a difference in his life, and we very much appreciate that. Thank you for your patience with him. Developmentally he has missed much, and we are hoping that TKD will help him catch up SOME in the areas of patience, concentration, coordination, perseverance, and confidence. Please keep patiently pushing him to work. He has never been expected to do anything before he came to us, but we expect him to learn how to work to achieve.

    So again, thank you for being a part of his team. Your compassion, patience, and perseverance are making the difference in the life of a lost boy, who is on the path to his own goodness.

    A Taekwondo Mom
  • Hi Master Bushman,
    I forgot how the subject came up, but I mentioned to Grand Master Kim how good you look when you do your forms. We were discussing the demo at the tournament. He said 'there is no one who can touch you.' There was a lot of pride in his voice when he spoke. He said you have very clean forms and excellent technique. He also said that 'if these so-called Masters put themselves at your level, they are very sadly mistaken' I thought you would like to know.

    Assistant to Grand Master Kim 5/12/05

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