I began studying Hoi Jeon Moo Sool more than 20 years ago. While trying to find a martial art that fit my needs I was introduced to Hoi Jeon Moo Sool through my brother, John. John had been studying Hoi Jeon Moo Sool under Master Instructor Griffin Goree. John needed a ride to class one day, so I drove him. Once there Master Goree introduced himself and offered to let me join the class. I declined and explained I was looking for something else. Specifically, I was looking for something to relieve stress at the end of the day and was gravitating towards a kung fu style or Tai Chi. I did, however, stay and observe the class. I liked what I saw, and after class, I stayed to ask Master Goree a few questions. We talked for a short time and I agreed to attend the next class.
Once I began learning the techniques I understood it was one thing to watch a martial arts class, it was something completely different to experience one. It didn�t take long to get hooked. As I recall, it was less than a month after that first class before I started attending private classes too. All classes were two hours long and I was attending classes four nights a week and two classes on Saturdays. Additionally, I was practicing on my own two or more hours six days a week. Through the quality instruction I was receiving from Master Goree and my dedication to practicing, my skills were improving quickly. All of the practice, in and out of class, was giving me something on which I could focus. I had found the stress reliever I was looking for, by accident.
When Grandmaster Myung, the founder of Hoi Jeon Moo Sool, visited our school I had the pleasure to train with him. Watching Grandmaster Myung execute his flawless techniques at amazing speeds was so much more impressive than any staged movie fight and these techniques could be applied in a real world situation. Following Grandmaster Myung�s seminar, which lasted several hours, I tested for my black belt. My black belt test included demonstrating all of the forms and techniques I had learned. Next I demonstrated the Jok Sool Do (kicking) portion of my training by executing a form I developed. Grandmaster Myung honored me by bestowing a black belt in both Hoi Jeon Moo Sool and Jok Sool Do. That, apparently, had not be done before. I was the first to earn both on the same day. I could never have done that without the excellent training and instruction I received at the hands of Master Goree.
Several years later I was hired by the U.S. Customs Service, as a Customs Inspector, and assigned to the Southern border of the United States. At the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy self defense and control techniques are taught to all students. Granted the training was only a few months long, but nothing came close to the training I received under Master Goree. As a law enforcement officer, I utilized my Hoi Jeon Moo Sool training often. I can honestly say that Hoi Jeon Moo Sool has real world applications.
I have been training in or teaching Hoi Jeon Moo Sool since that first class. I have never felt the need to study another style to supplement my training. While, it may be the norm these days to study a little of several different styles to be a well rounded martial artist, I never felt it was necessary. Hoi Jeon Moo Sool is a complete system.