2014 Mo Duk Pai Training Camp
Forms Interview With Professor King
It’s always been clear to me how important forms are to our system. They seem to anchor many of the drills and basics that we do. Since the “Mo” forms (Mo Yut Do, Mo Yee Do and Mo Sam Do) were made by Professor King, I wanted to pick Professor’s brain on the “Mo” forms specifically and more generally what role forms play in our system. What follows is our email exchange. For ease of reading, my questions are in regular text while Professor’s responses are in italicized text.
Let’s start with the creation of the three Mo forms – Mo Yut, Mo Yee and Mo Sam do. What was your reason (or reasons) for making forms unique to the system of Mo Duk Pai?
So the forms would focus, in an exaggerated fashion, basic principles of self defense that are then integrated into practical physical and mental actions in a systematic manner..
What’s the primary idea you’d like to see students get from Mo Yut Do? Mo Yee Do? Mo Sam Do?
You are asking for a singular point of reference or idea. I’m afraid it’s not quite that simple nor are the forms built that way — but, if I have to pick one idea only then here they are.
For Mo Yut Do: Connection between breathing and — relaxing and tightening.
Mo Yee Do: Development of power with alignment.
Mo Sam Do: Connecting all principles for use.