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Yongmoodo is a Korean martial art that is a hybrid of other styles of fighting and defending. Yongmoodo is a hybrid of kicking from taekwondo, grappling from hapkido, throwing from judo, and wrestling from ssierum. Ground techniques, holds, punches, blocks, and joint locks are also featured in this mixed martial art. This activity was developed by Korean university researchers, and is currently used extensively in military training in some countries, such as Indonesia.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Yongmoodo originated from Korea in the late 1990s. While the exact origins of yongmoodo in Canada are unclear, it was likely brought over to Canada by Koreans who have practised this martial art.

Who takes part?

Yongmoodo has a small pool of participants in the GTA, but is open to men and women of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

While other martial arts from which techniques have been borrowed have been practiced for many years in the GTA, it is unclear when yongmoodo began as a distinct activity.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?


Cultural Significance

Although yongmoodo comes from Korea, it is not significant to Korean identity in the GTA and has only a small number of participants.

Is there anything else we should know?



Martial Arts
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