Moo Yea-Do Martial Arts Training Center
What is Moo Yea Do?
Literally translated to mean "The Way (or path) of Disciplne". Moo Yea Do is a martial art form created by its founder World Grandmaster 'Tiger' Yang in 1980. It is a synthesis of techniques useful today, but based in the principles of older art forms like Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, and Kungfu. Moo Yea Do emphasizes mental training with demanding physical training to acheive the union of the mind and body. Students that continue to train will become more healthy, disciplined, confident, and respectful. Through training, students begin to understand the potential that comes from a disciplined mind coupled with a strong body and healthy lifestyle.
Who is Tiger Yang?
Tiger Yang was born Song Yang in 1945. His father had an apple farm and a martial arts school at the foothills of South Korea's Shu San Mountains. Song's father Dong Yang was a good martial artist and his grandfather was even better. He stood 6-foot-1. People referred to him as "The General." Song started training at the very early age of 6. As he grew, he trained with 10 blood brothers at his father's studio, where they were ordered to do all kinds of things, such as chase rabbits they would never catch, jump over large boulders, and hit trees. Power of the mind was enhanced by standing under icy waterfalls for long periods of time. Often times as a disciplinary measure, he was required to hold buckets of water in the air for 30 minutes or more. Overtime, as the tough training progressed, Song found the power in his mind to overcome extreme difficulties. His dad called him Tiger. The nickname would stick.
After high school, Yang trained South Korean soldiers in martial arts. In the late '60s, he returned to Korea to finish his college education, getting a degree in political science.
In 1969, at the age of 24, Yang won the World Martial Arts Championship in Japan. The next year he defended his title in the Philippines. Later that year, he got an offer to go to Washington, D.C., to teach martial arts to CIA field agents. The job lasted six months, but to stay in the United States he finagled another job, teaching martial arts at the Chicago Police Academy.
Then, in 1972, he got a call from a Korean film studio in Hollywood and made the movie "California 90006." The following year, martial arts legend Bruce Lee died, and Golden Harvest films in Hong Kong was looking for replacements. They invited Tiger to Hong Kong and signed him up.
In 1975, in between making martial arts movies like "Warriors Two" (and palling around with Jackie Chan, who at that time was also making movies for Golden Harvest) Tiger took a job training Muhammad Ali to fight the Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki.
To support himself in the United States, Yang opened a martial arts studio in Fullerton. "Kung Fu star opens shop, 152 sign up," a newspaper headline read. But Hollywood would again come knocking. Tiger made movies, into the 1990s, like "Little Mad Guy" and "Mission Kill Fast," .
Johnny Carson had Tiger on his show to break blocks of ice.
And you might remember on the early '80s TV show "That's Incredible" a guy picking up a 200-pound barbell - with his mouth. That was Tiger. He did a second "That's Incredible" where he pulled an 8-ton truck (with people hanging off it) by rope - again with his mouth.
In between making movies and having cars run over his hands for TV cameras, he married a woman named Sue Hee, had one son and developed his own style of martial arts that he calls Moo Yea Do. Today, 39 studios teach it, from Chicago to Pakistan.
Inside his studio, the walls are decorated with highlights of his life. Movie posters featuring him in mid karate chop cover the walls (he made 30 films in all) along with framed photos of him hobnobbing with Stephanie Powers, Ronald Reagan, Robert Wagoner, Ben Kingsley and other celebs. A framed document proclaims he has his 10th degree black belt (only a handful of people in the world can say that), elevating him to World Grand Master Tiger Yang.
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