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There Are Three Laws Of Sin Moo:  Sin Moo Hapkido draws upon Buddhism, Zen and Confucianism. Whenever we think of our meditation we should think of each of these practices and how they are united into a larger whole. Each practice has six basic precepts. When combined they form eighteen. Each practice has a different emphasis. Buddhism focuses on moral training and is associated with the mind. Zen focuses on breathing and is associated with the spirit. Confucianism emphasizes feelings/sense of touch and so focuses on the body. Sin Moo means the mind, body and spirit united. Through the uniting of mind, body and spirit we maximize our ki. If we develop only one area, we are weakened.


The three laws of Sin Moo are intended to make the body and mind strong by controlling the self. This can be achieved by learning to; 1) Stop feeling, calm down, and relax. This is Buddhist clean mind or empty mind techniques (“Mushin”). 2) Long breathing, this empties the mind. And 3) Stop the senses. This makes the Body strong. When you are able to follow all three - stop the emotions, slow down the breath and stop the senses then you can make strong mind power for meditation and develop internal "Ki" power. This is the key point to control all three areas of the self in combat. Once you learn to control your “Ki” you will be on your way toward developing the power to open the “Third Eye”.


1. Stop feeling, calm down, and relax. This is Buddhist clean mind techniques. In theBuddhist Clean Mind techniques, one must strive to balance good and bad feelings. Balance the six feelings (happiness, anger, fear, sadness, greed and laziness). The network of feeling is controlled by the brain. There are three steps to pure knowledge though this path: to understand, to look and search and to know. And there are three stops in the act of distinguishing. To move with one’s mind, to procrastinate (hesitate or pause) and to make up your mind.


2. Long breathing, this empties the mind.Zen is the practice of long breathing. It controls the lungs. There are six phases in long breathing. In taking in breath and inhaling, you pull in the breath, settle your breath and then exhale and expel. In the exhalation there is the cycle, moving out or back, and pushing to the side or clearing away.


3. Stop the senses. This makes the Body strong. Confucius Moral Training is the path of controlling the emotions. This price governs the bone marrow, making the Body strong. It also has six phases. In delivering the Ki you receive Ki, place it and then relocate and send Ki. Then you distribute the Ki by moving it up, sending it out and having it reach its final destination. Sending and delivering are two different things but yet the same thing. When you breathe in there is weight. Ki has no weight. The three laws have effect on how you send Ki. Sky is taking in air, ground is exhaling. If you know how to distinguish as Sky (breathing in) and ground/earth (exhaling), between good and bad emotions, balance the senses then you can use Ki Power to the maximum and benefit the most from these teachings. The workings of the Sky are pulling the air in and settling the air (inhaling). The workings if the ground/earth are the cycle of twisting and turning, pushing out and finding the path or searching (exhaling). Spirit control head (Sky) and Body (Earth), human controls the Body.

When trying to understand these concepts think of the whole meaning, the larger concept. Combine the philosophies of Buddhism, Confucianism and Zen into one whole. Combine feeling, breathing and touching into one whole. See how the concepts relate. Then you will see the whole meaning. Three is one, one is three. This is the pure and exact meaning of Sin Moo. The combined meditation methods resulting in the opening of the Third Eye with the ultimate goal of maximizing Ki Power.


When you are able to follow all three - stop the emotions, slow down the breath and stop the senses then you make can make strong mind Power to open the Third Eye. This is the key point: Control all three areas. Sin Moo draws upon Buddhism, Confucianism and Zen. Mind, Body and Spirit. We are now expanding upon the "9 Rules of Sin Moo".



 Credit to: Dr. Sean Bradley