Sun Do is a body and mind practice system known to people only by legend for thousands of years until the Grand Master Chung San came down from the mountains in 1967 after his 20 years of practice. The entire practice system is now fully open to the public and available to the modern world.
Sun Do had been developed by the ancient Korean people. Its practice had been passed on from a few teachers to a handful of disciples for thousands of years in the secluded mountains of Northeast Asia which the ancient Chinese called “the Land of the Immortals”. It has been practiced virtually unchanged since of its inception.
Sun Do (Kouk Sun Do) has also been called “The Way”, “The Way of Life“, “The Way of Receiving Bar’k (Sun Energy)”, “The Immortal Way” or practically called “Danjeon Breathing.” From a modern perspective, Sun Do practice may be considered as another type of Yoga, Taichi, meditation, Zen or even martial arts, but Sun Do includes most of the elements of these body and mind practices.
The purpose of the practice is to develop the human body and mind to the ultimate potential. Through the life-long practice, the Sun Do practitioners would be able to achieve a healthy and strong body and mind, noble virtue of human nature and spiritual enlightenment which are solidified in body and mind.
It has no religious aspects whatsoever. It has no religious rituals or any object of worship. It doesn’t advocate any belief or dogma. It is not a philosophy or belief system. Sun Do is an experiential and scientific system, and is independent of all notions and beliefs.
Nine (9) levels of Sun Do practice system
Sun Do practice system is composed of nine (9) levels of practice:
The first 3 levels practices are: two sets of 25 sequential postures at Beginning Level Practice, 23 Postures at Intermediate Level Practice, and 360 Postures for Advanced Level Practice. These 3 levels are for the training of body and mind to restore its natural health. Beyond this levels are six (6) more levels for the most advanced practitioners who are physically prepared and mentally and spiritually advanced.
The first 3 levels are the practices that practitioners are usually able to observe in the average Sun Do practice studio. Practitioners beyond these 3 levels are very rare and it takes devoted life-long practice to achieve these levels.
“Ki” the life energy
Sun Do features deep abdominal life energy center breathing known as Danjeon Breathing which enables the practitioners to breathe in the universal life energy, “Ki”. Through the practice, the practitioners are gradually able to accumulate the Ki in the Danjeon and learn how to circulate the Ki throughout the 365 Ki channels in the body.
This Ki breathing practice improves and revitalizes the autonomic nervous system and enhances the body’s self-healing ability significantly. With this enhanced life force, Ki, the practitioners develop a stronger immune system better able to prevent disease. This result is so called “Healing by Do (Tao).”
As the Ki is accumulated and circulated, the Sun Do practitioners experience various radical and fundamental transformations in the body and mind. Thus, it is strongly recommended to practice under the careful guidance of qualified Sun Do instructors.