About Us

About Us

About Our School

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Moorimgoong is a Traditional and Mixed Martial Arts Academy (Dojang) that places great emphasis on retaining the fundamental mindsets of martial arts such as discipline, respect, and integrity. Our academy focuses on two distinct aspects of martial arts: practicality and performance.

We are located in the heart of LA between Miracle Mile, Downtown LA, Koreatown, and Mid-City.

Moorimdo is a Hybrid Martial Arts that stems from Kung Fu (Shaolin Long Fist, Baguazhang, and Tang Lang Quan), Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate), Karate, and Tae Kwon Do. MooriMMA is Moorimgoong's Mixed Martial Arts Program that teaches different striking and submission grappling based Martial Art styles from Moorimdo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, and more. MooriMMA is unique for its systematized rank system that allows people of any skill set to train at a pace relative to their individual goals and attributes.

Moorimgoong's Founder, Great Grandmaster Yong Moon, opened his first school in Busan, South Korea in 1968. After many years of success, he decided to come to America. His first school was located in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was a local celebrity by the name of “Master Moon." Eventually, he headed west, moving to LA and started another dojang. We have been here in Los Angeles ever since for 29 years. As a 10th degree black belt in Kung Fu and 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo, he decided to create his own traditional martial arts style: Moorimdo.
 

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David Moon

CEO/Head Instructor

David S. Moon is the Chief Executive Officer and Head Instructor at Moorimgoong Martial Arts. He is a 6th degree black belt in Moorimdo under Great Grandmaster Yong Moon and currently runs all classes and operations at the academy. He has trained in many other styles including Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo to name a few. He is the founder of Moorimgoong’s Mixed Martial Arts Program: MooriMMA, which teaches MMA with a systematized curriculum and belt system.

Moon is an LA native as he was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Wilton Place Elementary, John Burroughs Middle School, Math and Science College Preparatory, and the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in Sociology and a minor in Film. In his childhood days, he competed in golf and was one of the top ranked juniors in the world. His wide array of knowledge and skills at a young age has translated into his exceptional teaching skills to people of all ages and levels.

ABOUT GREAT GRAND MASTER YONG MOON (Founder/President)

Great Grandmaster Yong Moon was born in Hapcheon, South Korea, and began training at an early age as he was born into a martial arts household. He first began training in Tang Soo Do, a very popular style in his region. After many years of practicing Tang Soo Do, he then learned Classical Kung Fu under Master Kang Gum Bang in Busan, South Korea. Master Kang Gum Bang was one of the three Chinese historic masters who emigrated to South Korea during the Communist Revolution in China.

After many years of training under the famous Master Kang Gum Bang, Great Grandmaster Moon decided to start his own school, teaching a hybrid form of both Korean and Chinese martial arts. This fusion of styles is analogous to Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, which Bruce based it off of his previous training in Kung Fu and Wing Chun.

Great Grandmaster founded The World Martial Arts Federation in 1968, and started in Busan, South Korea. In 1979, he immigrated to the United States and started a school in New Orleans, Louisiana. He quickly rose to fame as “Master Moon” in Louisiana, receiving a plethora of media attention through his martial arts. In 1992, Great Grandmaster Moon moved to Los Angeles, California, started a school, and has been in Los Angeles ever since.

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Why Choose Moorimgoong Martial Arts?

Our Specialties

Martial Arts Training (For Kids, Teens, Adults), Youth Leadership Training Program (Great for College) & Summer Camp: Why Moorimgoong Martial Arts? We are committed to teaching our students life skills necessary to thrive in our modern day world. Our current world is too complacent and “okay” with being average. We teach our students to think BIG and to achieve success! We instill in every student: personal responsibility, self confidence, discipline, manners, respect for parents/each other, positive “yes I can” attitude, emphasis on good grades at school, belief in “helping out” (specifically with household chores for our younger students), courage to stand up to bullies, balance of mind, body, and spirit, and overall well being. With Moorimgoong’s curriculum, students will not only develop good character, but become healthy and fit. Training overcomes laziness and plants the seed of hard work and its rewards. We are committed to make our students life champions.

Moorimdo is the Best Traditional Martial Arts System Founded by Great Grandmaster Yong Moon

There is only one school that teaches our style, and that is Moorimgoong Martial Arts located in Los Angeles, CA. We are a school of quality that teaches the most effective and efficient techniques offered by the combination of many traditional and classical martial arts. Moorimdo’s founder, Great Grandmaster Yong Moon dedicated his life to traditional martial arts, holding a 10th degree black belt in Kung Fu and a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo. He merged the best techniques of the two, including techniques from Tang Soo Do and Karate to formulate the best traditional style.

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LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY PARENTS ARE SAYING

  • I've been to this place a few times and it's great! the kids learn a lot and the instructors are incredibly talented and caring. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone interested in martial arts, in a quality studio. I've sent my kids there a few times and they absolutely love it.

  • One word: Quality. I searched and investigated for a martial arts studio to join when my daughter turned 7. We are fortunate that there are several studios available and convenient to where we live. However, I chose to join a studio farther away. We forsake convenience and travel past 6 other studios to get to Moorimgoong because they are a cut above all the others. Martial arts can benefit any person, but especially children. It teaches self-confidence, discipline, focus, and every type of physical prowess, but only if done correctly. You don't want to commit your time and efforts to a cookie-cutter studio that just popped up in a strip mall. Those places are usually just a business venture for a group of black belts who are hoping to make money from their martial arts enthusiasm. Sometimes they succeed, but most are gone after a few years which leaves you abandoned with your training incomplete. However, Moorimgoong is a place run by a family that spans generations. For them, this is a multi-lifelong commitment of shaping minds and toning bodies. Their long heritage is a benefit to us students because of the wisdom and expertise we receive that you just won't get from your typical smaller studios. When I first started at Moorimgoong, it was different from the Kempo (Kenpō) training I had experienced in my youth. I started to question if I had joined the right studio despite the careful vetting I had done. It took me a while to adjust, but because of the nurturing environment they have created, I now understand the wisdom of their methods. They are clearly doing something right, because I see students of every age sticking with the program, instead of losing interest. I can see the positive effects it has had on my daughter and that got my wife to join us. Now we all train together. I realize this sounds like a glowing review of Moorimgoong and some of you might wonder if I have an agenda here. The truth is, I do! I wasn't paid to write this review. However, I am still doing it for selfish reasons. I want Moorimgoong to continue with their success, so I may continue to train there. If you are a person who believes in building character, then I want you as a fellow student. If you want to be part of the best martial arts community in the area, then I want you there with me. In the end we are all stronger together.

  • One of the best summer camps. The staff and families that I interacted with were beyond friendly and courteous to one another. My children really enjoyed the different activities/themes each week. The walks to get frozen yogurt and nunchucks introduction were my child's favorites. As a parent, I didn't see/hear anything from my child or myself that would cause concern. Excellent program with a constant goal to evolve into something bigger and brighter. Bravo.

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