Kum Saja Do

Kum Saja Do

Literally, Kum Saja Do means, “The way of the Golden Lion.”

Kum Saja Do is a blend of six martial art disciplines that comprise both soft and hard techniques.  By integrating Tae Kwon Do, Hapki-Do, Judo, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu, and Weaponry, Kum Saja Do is a well rounded martial art that bases all of its techniques around the principle of practicality.

Kung Fu

Literally, Skill or Ability, such as that possessed by a painter, cook, or by someone adept in fighting arts.  Kung fu is composed of a number of martial arts inspired fighting systems, health development, and dance.  An emphasis is placed on more subtle techniques that include flowing circular movements.

 Kick Boxing

Kick Boxing is a relatively modern martial arts system, whose syllabus was derived by combining several fighting techniques from a variety of the more traditional disciplines, including Kung Fu, Karate, Thai Boxing, Tae Kwon do, and Shinkai.Martial arts were very popular in the early 1970’s, and interest was fueled by the emphasis on competition fighting. Many of the eastern art styles began to take on the western American style. Many opinions feel that Kick Boxing originated in the U.S. during the 1970’s due to American Karate practitioners becoming frustrated with the limitations of tournament competitive scoring. Karate and other disciplines were viewed as being soaked with theories and forms and were performed in a controlled environment. Practitioners wanted to see how effective their moves would be in a realistic environment. The emphasis soon came to techniques that would be delivered with full force.Eventually, promoters of the events began hosting the matches set in boxing rings instead of the traditional Karate tournament square. With the melding of the boxing realm into the martial arts, new rules began to evolve. Weight classes were soon established. Safety gear was implemented to lessen injury


Weaponry is a part of the Golden Lion Academy disciplines. A weapon is taught as an extension of the body. To fully master a weapon, it must move as if you did not have a weapon in hand, but were merely performing an open hand form. This goal is obtainable but requires intense training and concentration.


The ancient Japanese martial art that literally means, “gentle way.” Judo is the method of turning an opponent’s strength against them, thereby defeating them in an efficient manner. This is done by taking the opponent off balance and utilizing joint locks and throwing techniques. The main principle of Judo is, “maximum efficiency with minimal effort.”

 Hapki Do

Literally means, “The way of coordinated power”Hapki Do is a martial art consisting of grappling, throwing, joint locks and pressure points. The hallmark of Hapki Do is the complementary manner of reacting that establishes a perpetual and liquid rhythm as well as constant mobility. The utilization of these techniques must be executed within a close range.Hapki Do combines some of the principles of Aikido utilizing locks, holds and levers with strong kicks and punches of Korean Taekyon. 
There are three main skills that Hapki Do focuses on.

  1. Non-resistance when meeting force.
  2. Circular motions in countering and attacking.
  3. The water principal which involves the total penetration of an enemy’s defense.

Defending and attacking require the Hapki Do player to move to the sides of the opponent while using the attacker’s strength against himself by using fast, flowing counter-measures.

Tae Kwon-Do

Tae Kwon-Do is the ancient Korean Martial Art which literally means, ‘Tae’ -squashing with the foot, ‘Kwon’ – striking with the hand, ‘Do’ – the way of. Tae Kwon-Do’s discipline stresses 70% kicking techniques and 30% hand techniques, ultimately giving the ability to distance one’s self from an opponent.Tae Kwon-Do was originally developed in Korea in the 1950’s when a group of leading martial artists came together to unity their respective disciplines under a single fighting system. The official inauguration took place in South Korea on April 11, 1955.