What is Pil Sung Do?
Meaning the ‘art or way of certain victory’ Pil Sung Do is a modern martial art based on a number of principles taken from scientific areas including Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Psycho neurology.
It is a natural health system, where every student is focused on living a healthier, more fruitful and consequently longer life. Training is customised to satisfy the personal needs of each student. Certain types of sports training can be detrimental to overall health - competitions can put excessive stress on the body whilst high-intensity workouts can over-burden our immune system and lead to injuries.
Students can start their Pil Sung Do journey towards long-term fitness from the age of 5 and can be learned by young and old, male or female. Intensity, duration and frequency levels are all methodically designed for their optimum health and wellbeing.
There are a number of exercises which have been created to develop students aerobic fitness (for endurance and stamina) and anaerobic fitness (for agility power and speed) – both are vital for our overall health.
Strong emphasis is placed on the importance of continually stimulating the brain through the art of Pil Sung Do.
As people learn and hone their martial arts skills they will grow develop physically and psychologically but the power of improving their personal, social and character skills should not be underestimated. All this is reflected in the common goal of Pil Sung Do: Health, Self-Defence and Personal Development.
Where did Pil Sung Do originate from?
Pil Sung Do was created in early 1990 by Grandmaster Seif–El-Nasr (known as Stephen) Hammouda 9th Dan.
Stephen came to the U.K in 1975 and his Egyptian family origins date back to the 16th Century. He started training aged 5 in the local martial arts at his family’s private estate near the base of the great pyramids of Giza.
Stephen went on to train in Judo, Shotokan, boxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Fencing and after a break for a couple of years he tried Kickboxing and Thai Boxing.
He has been awarded Black Belts and gained instructor status in Tae Kwon-Do, Choi Kwang-Do, Sul Ki Do, Kong Su Do and Mu Sa Do.
Grandmaster Hammouda has also enjoyed training with a number of Masters, including:- Park Jung Tae, Park Jong Soo, Rhee Ki Ha, Son Myung Son, Jack Hwang, Professor Remy Presas, R. Koo, M. Pereira, Kwang Jo Choi, Trevor Nicholls, M.Y. Kim, O.M. Jemirifo, M. Tuft and Woo Jin Jung, Han Sam Soo, Chung Kee Tae, gaining a wealth of experience along the way.
It was through his learning of a number of South East Asian Martial Arts that helped Grandmaster Hammouda in the creation of Pil Sung Do. Some of these arts are not well known to the West, such as the ancient Cambodian arts of Bokatar and Khmer Boxing. They thrived during the early 11th century and were instrumental in the Cambodian Kingdom defeating other kingdoms known today as Burma, Vietnam and Thailand.
This aided Grandmaster Hammouda with the development of his Pil Sung Do concepts of Hwa Rang and Pil Sung, which were introduced in April 1990. The Hwa Rang programme is for beginners to 1st Dan, whilst the Pil Sung programme covers 1st Dan to 4th Dan.
Grandmaster Hammouda was awarded a promotion to 9th Dan by the Executive committee of U.K.P.F. but he declined it. Although Pil Sung Do was finished up to 4th Dan level, which brought it in line with most other Martial Arts, he was still working on the final stage of Pil Sung Do, Infinity.
It wasn’t until April 1997 that he unveiled his Infinity concept which had been designed to complete the art of Pil Sung Do for 5th Dan masters and beyond.
Granmaster Hammouda finally accepted his 9th Dan promotion in April 1997 as Pil Sung Do was complete. His Infinity concept has been hailed by many as ‘pure genius’ and way ahead of anything that is ever been known to have existed in Martial Arts history