Kwan Um Do Kwang is a path of self-development that has its roots in Korean Zen training. Starting with martial arts training of the body and mind: sword, self-defense, and striking arts, the student learns to interact with compassion.
Meditation and chanting assist the student in cutting through the phenomenal world to the world of non-duality.
Ultimately Mind Sword leads to liberation from the attachment to self and identification to self. The student strives to become a free being by releasing themselves from the grip of habit, mind, and unseen forces.
Zen martial art is about enlightenment
WHAT IS ZEN?
At the heart of Kwan Um Do Kwang is traditional Buddhist temple sword martial arts. This fierce and highly effective sword practice originated in the mountain temples of Korea, and provides the grounding and high-tension energy that powers the study of the related martial arts.
KUDK received its name and official sanction from Zen Master Seung Sahn, the Seventy-Eighth patriarch of the Chogye Order and a key spiritual leader of Zen Buddhism in Korea.
Developed in Korea 16th Century
Brought to America 1972
Founded in 1999 by Master Marc Fortin, Kwan Um Do Kwang is a young offshoot of both the Shim Gum Do martial arts and Kwan Um Zen Schools. Master Fortin was a student of Shim Gum Do Master Kim for 20 years, living with the sword grandmaster for much of that time at the temple, where he attained the rank of a Shim Gum Do master.
Kwan Um Do Kwang is centered around sword practice, but includes traditional long stick, ho shin sul, shin boep and the internal practices of mind sword and radiant energy body.
Headmaster: Marc Fortin
In the late 1970's, world-renowned Zen Master Dae Soen Sa Nim directed Marc Fortin to study martial arts with one of his disciples, the great sword master Chang Sik Kim. Marc lived at the Shim Gwang Sa temple for many years, studying sword, shin boep, and ho shin sul with Master Kim. He rose to the rank of Sabom Nim and attained the status of Master.
On May 23, 1999 Master Fortin was appointed headmaster of his own martial arts lineage, Kwan Um Do Kwang, under the personal direction of Zen Master Dae Soen Sa Nim. He received an official certificate of approval and authorization as Master of Zen Sword and related temple martial arts. Given the title of Kwan Jang Nim (Master), Master Fortin was recognized as having attained the 8th Star (dan) level in the school of Kwan Um Do Kwang.