Chinese Symbol “Moo”

Wed, 03/23/2005 - 2:54pm — webmaster

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Represents the prevention of conflict. Conflict resolution on an internal as well as an external basis is one of the major goals of a true Tang Soo Do practitioner.


It is important to note that Chinese characters or symbols are written several ways. One of these is like the one you see above. That is block format. Another way you will see Chinese characters written is in calligraphy format. That  is, more free flowing. Either way, a Chinese character may be interpreted several different ways. That is one character may represent an entire phrase or thought. Two symbols or characters that mean one thing individually may mean something completely different when placed together. For example, in Chinese, the symbol or character for trouble and the one for problem when placed together means opportunity! The above symbol, “Moo” may mean martial or military to one person and to another may mean the prevention of conflict.


Symbol or Character Specifics


The symbol is drawn in eight strokes, each stroke represents the eight points of the compass: N, S, E, W, NE, SE, NW, and SW. These directions correspond with the eight trigrams. The I Ching, also called the book of changes tells of the formation of the eight trigrams or Pa-Kua. According to the Tachuan: in the system of the I Ching there is the Tai-Chi, or the Grand Terminus, which generated two forms or Liung-Yi. Those two forms generated four symbols or Ssu-Hsiang those four symbols divided to further generate the eight trigrams or Pa-Kua. Each direction corresponds to different types of martial arts techniques, Defending Deflecting or absorbing, pressure points, application of wristlocks, pushing etc are located in the South, North, West and East respectively, hence are named the four directions or Ssa Cheng. The act of pulling, disrupting concentration and balance, throwing, striking with punches, elbows, knees, kicks are in the Southeast, Northwest, Southwest and Northeast respectively, so these are called the four comers or Ssa Yu. Collectively these eight directions are often referred to as the Eight Gates. When we take the five stars and the eight strokes of the symbol for “Moo” we have a representation of the 13 influences of the Sip Sam Seh from which the art of Tang So Do was formulated. The Chinese symbol also reminds us of the Southern and Northern Chinese influence in the development of Tang Soo Do.