SunDo originates from ancient Korean people in Northeast Asia, where it was practiced for centuries as Mountain Taoism. It is dated from about 9700 years ago.
The development of SunDo flourished in the time of Three Kingdoms (300 – 700 I. Hr.). With the arrival of foreign influences and philosophies starting with Joseon Dynasty, some practitioners retreated to the mountains to preserve and protect this art from extinction. Since then, SunDo has been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. Only in the last 50 years, has this practice been re-introduced into mainstream culture.
Taoist hermit Be-Kyung, whose original name was Chung-San (Blue Mountain), was a young boy wandering in the mountains of Korea when he met a strange man. This man said, “If I teach you to break stones, will you follow me?” The young boy was more curious than serious and he answered, “Yes.” The man, Chung-Woon (Clear Clouds), proceeded to break stones with his fingers, so the boy (Chung-San) decided to follow this mountain hermit and learn his teachings.
Chung-San lived an ascetic life for about 20 years, taught by Chung Woon and his teacher, Moo Woon (No Clouds). Toward the end of this period, Chung-Woon announced to Chung-San that it was time he returned to society to pass on the wisdom of the ancient SunDo teachings. At that time, Chung-Woon gave him another name, Be-Kyung (Secret Boundary).
Be-Kyung prepared to re-enter normal life by adjusting his diet, obtaining clothing and remembering the ways of the people who don’t live in nature. In 1970, under Be-Kyung’s supervision, the first SunDo main school (the Kouk SunDo Center) opened in Seoul, Korea. After 15 years of service to his fellow human beings, Be-Kyung, in 1984, quietly returned to the hermit life in the mountains.
His wish is that people from all over the world, regardless of religion, race or nationality to be healthier and to improve the quality of their lives. These days, there are centers all over the world, not just South Korea, but also in USA, Russia, Canada, Portugal, France, Czech, Romania.
Master Hyunmoon Kim is one of 17 masters sanctioned by Taoist Hermit Be-Kyung, and he is internationally known as Taoist Master. Teaching the potential for human development and consciousness, Master Kim has been teaching since 1980 in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. He makes authentic SunDo practice readily accessible to people which helps to improve the quality of their lives.