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The Grand Master’s philosophy on form is:

“A student must travel on a good road (this is THE WAY or DO).  And, the student must have a map to show what direction he or she will go.  If you want to take a trip from Los Angels to New York, you will have to travel down connecting roads.  You will travel on one road until it connects to the next, and then the next, until you have arrived at your destination.  You will not know what road to take unless you have a good map (goal.)  On the student’s road to black belt, and even Master, I have given the map of many small roads that connect to each other (referring to the pattern made by each individual form) finally ending at the desired goal.

And, I have also supplied, through their instructor, the best map in martial arts.  Instructors also help you find the short-cuts.  You cannot go from first grade to college without each level in between; you cannot climb from the bottom of the ladder to the top without touching each level; and, even a country cannot service without a series of steps, a goal, and a map (plan) of how to achieve the goal.

Therefore I have created the only complete map to train the student form beginner to Grand Master both physically and mentally.  Songahm Taekwondo will train the first real Master of the marital arts because students of Songahm have what other Masters and I did not.  Yes, we all had a goal, but none of us were offered a patter… a map

Songahm Star

The most visible of all the Songahm Taekwondo symbols is, perhaps the Songahm Star.  This symbol within itself summarizes the essences of the philosophy behind Songahm taekwondo.  This star with eight outer points and one center point (equaling nine is more than just a logo for the Songahm style.  Grand Master H. U. Lee began the concept of the Songahm Star by entertaining the thought of the parallelism between life and Taekwondo Forms.

First, in a perfect Songahm star, the distance from the center point of the star to the east point is nine feet.  The total distance from the east point to the west point equals eighteen feet, representing the number of forms in the Songahm system.  All forms performed on the star traditionally begin facing the east in respect to Taekwondo’s motherland Korea.

In philosophy pertaining to life, the father of Songahm Taekwondo, Grand Master H.U. Lee describes the Songahm Star created by the form as being an example of a day in the life of a person.

“Life has a center point.  Everything on earth has a center point.  This is where we obtain our balance.  An example would be the center point of the human being is the here; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  The completed forms form a star with a center point and eight outer points (which create a circle if connected).  The circle is the circle of life.

Each day we live completes a circle: we ride in the morning from our place of rest; then, we go through the day accomplishing our goals and overcoming obstacles that life puts in our way; and when evening comes, we return to our place of rest.  We constantly try to improve this circle. We go to work or we go to school. Why?

Why? Because this is the way we complete the best circle.  We try to have the best life.  Study gives us knowledge that we can apply to make a living.  The job is the resource we use to make that living.  Diligent study and a good job results in a good pattern or form in our life.  Not only is the circle seen in day to day activity, but also in our entire life itself.  We come form the dust of the earth.  During the span between birth and death, we move through our life setting and accomplishing goals.  This is the reason all forms begin and end at the same spot” Says the Grand Master.

He continued “As we complete each form, we must imaging ourselves as drawing a circle freehand.  No one can draw it perfected the first time.  We just try to close the circle and then we adjust and refine it to make it perfect.  It is the same way we must face life.  We’re not going to make it perfect.  However, we can strive to correct the flaws as we move along.  We must complete the circle, the ‘Winner’s Circle’.”

If a student is not aware of the place to begin or end the form, nor has a plan of action to get through the process, how can the student achieve the desired result?  The same is true for success in life.  Here are Grand Master H. U. Lee’s words concerning this philosophy:  “If a person does not know where to begin or end in life (setting goals) then that person will become confused when given a choice between two paths.”