Chung Moo Doe
|Vol. 126, No. 28|| ||WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 1997|
|photo by JOE MCCONNELL|
|Mind over matter - Students at the Chung Moo Doe Martial Arts School on Maple Street, along with some interested onlookers, who came by during the open house last Saturday, posed for a picture during a break in the demonstration. They are, from left to right, Asst. Head Instructor Anthony Pasquale, Asst. Instructor Steve Paulos, Gary Kiley, Joe Kaminski, Eric Innocenti, Ullian Marino, Luke Guidi, Asst. Instructor Rita Pasquale, Brendan Carosi, Glenn Dodge, Anthony Marino, Tara Lomoges, and Kristian Amor.|
There are thousands of martial arts systems that have been around for well over 1,500 years. It all started in China, but in the last three years Danvers residents didn’t have to travel far to participate in the ancient ritual, which emphasizes the development of both the mind and body.
Anthony Pasquale and his wife, Rita, operate the Chung Moo Doe School on Maple Street, an independently owned business they built from scratch three years ago. Chung Moo Doe comes under the broad category of martial arts. It incorporates eight different systems into one.
Anthony is a third degree martial arts expert There are nine steps in the process that could take one’s entire life to achieve.
“Martial Arts is not a quick fix to heal any aches and pains. It’s something you can do for the rest of your life. We teach people to be less impatient,” said Anthony during an Open House at the school last Saturday, where some of his 65 students staged demonstrations.
His wife of nearly two years is an assistant instructor at the school as she is currently training for her second degree classification. It takes two to three years to just earn first degree status.
Anthony began his pursuit into the martial arts 10 years ago after leaving the military with a bad back, bad knees, and severe migraines. He saw a flier in a Stoneham restaurant offering a course in Chung Moo Doe. On a hunch, he visited the school. He told the instructor on duty he didn’t think the routines would help his physical woes. But the instructor still gave him a series of movements to try for a week, which miraculously alleviated most of the pain.
“The pain used to be very debilitating, but after just 24 hours I was sold on the system,” said Anthony.
“Once you get into it, the basic philosophy of Chung Moo Doe is to pass on the knowledge that could benefit all human life.”
The system is no cure-all, but Pasquale says participants gain a better quality of life, as long as they continue with the process daily for at least one hour. They develop a better understanding of the world around them.
“One of the eight steps of martial arts, samurai, is a philosophy taught to students that helps them do the tight thing, as well as make the right decisions in life,” Pasquale continues.
"One of the eight steps of martial arts, samurai, is a philosophy taught to students that helps them do the right thing, as well as make the right decisions in life."
“We’re here to teach people how to take control of their mind, as well as their body. It’s like going to college. You learn a subject, and you then understand more about it, and in this case we’re dealing with the mind and body. After awhile, they have much more knowledge of the two to put into practice in everyday life.”
Bagwa Chung is one of the eight martial arts steps taught in the Chung Moo Doe system. It entails 36 main forms (e.g., tong non - ocean form of a human body emulating an ocean wave crashing down on a rocky shore. It keeps the body agile, and bones from getting brittle) that could take two to five hours to complete each one of them. Kung Fu, which are forms that emulate nature, is number two on the chart.
Tai Chi is soft, smooth graceful movements for internal development. Aikido/Hapkido is the understanding of human joint development of the wrists, elbows, knees, and hips.
|photo by JOE MCCONNELL|
|Self-defense - Gary Kiley defends himself against Joe Kaminski, both of Danvers, during the open house of the Chung Moo Doe Martial Arts School in Danvers Square last Saturday afternoon.|
Udo (ju-jitsu) is the study of weight distribution, particularly helpful for the elderly, who might slip and fall on ice. It teaches them the correct way to fall, so they don’t hurt themselves.
Kong Su (tai kwon do) is a kick (foot) or punch (hand) way. It develops the upper and lower body. The aforementioned Samurai concludes the eight-step study, which delves into the philosophy behind Chung Moo Doe.
Pasquale also stated that martial arts helps people in wheelchairs. “They can develop their upper body, and hand and eye dexterity, which will help them out mentally, as well,” explained Anthony.
He says there are also movements that build up the internal organs, which help prevent the common cold.
But Pasquale emphasizes over and over again there is no quick fix, just a healthier lifestyle, if the procedures are followed on a regular basis.
The Pasquales always have room for more students. If the challenge of martial arts sounds interesting, call (508)-762-0454 for more information.