Washington Han Mu Do

Washington Han Mu Do

5.0 (2)
12 years in business

About this pro

Han Mu Do is a comprehensive martial arts system comprised of the study of empty hand techniques, the study of weapons and philosophy. HMD was created by Dr. He-Young Kimm in 1989, after more than forty years of training and research in Korean martial arts systems. He sought to integrate the techniques and philosophies of these styles with new and innovative techniques into a single balanced integrated system. HMD achieves balance between empty hand and weapon technique, techniques powered by ergonomic movement, physical strength and ki power and techniques of the left and right side of the body. The largest division of the HMD system uses basic kicking and striking, sweeps and throws, joint manipulation for pain compliance, and choking techniques in self defense oriented situations. HMD is taught through an organized curriculum that allows the student to progress at their own pace and fully understand the requirements to advance in rank and skill.

I didn't start training in martial arts until I was in my 30s. I wanted my son to learn martial arts and it was always something I was interested in. Growing up, I was very shy, insecure, and introverted. I didn't have much self confidence and it always bothered me. I didn't want my son to feel the same way so when he was 5, I enrolled him in Han Mu Do and decided I was going to enroll as well. It's been a life changer! Both in terms of my mental and physical health. I'm more confidence, out-going, and mentally and physically stronger than ever. It's become a passion of mine and my family. I want everyone to experience this same personal growth!

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Maple Valley, WA 98038
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2 Reviews


  • Jason Arndt

    The experience my kids have had has been great! They have learned disciple, self respect and respect for others. Also it keeps them active which is important for kids these days.

  • James Hoge

    Excellent Instructors and learning atmosphere. Very family oriented. Highly recommended!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Students are welcome to try out a class or two to see if we are what they are looking for. New students get a chance to participate in a class to see how a typical class is run and learn some basic techniques. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We have multiple instructors with multiple black belts in different martial arts. Our lead instructor is a 3rd degree black belt in Han Mu Do as well as a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. We have multiple instructors with 1st and 2nd degree black belts in Han Mu Do as well as other martial arts.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our classes run from $79 to $99 a month depending on the class. 

How did you get started teaching?

I didn't start training in Han Mu Do until I was in my 30's. However, it quickly became a passion of mine and even before I earned my 1st Black Belt, I was helping to teach other students. When the opportunity arose to become a part owner in the school, I jumped at the chance. Since then, I've become the sole owner and love every minute I get to teach and train!

What types of students have you worked with?

We have students from ages 5 and up and both men and women.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Approximately twice a year we hold Women's Self Defense Seminars which are free to the public with donations going to a local women's shelter. I absolutely love holding these events.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

First, find the martial art you are most interested in. Different martial arts have strengths and weaknesses. Find what fits you best. Then, look for schools that have lots of instructors who are passionate about what they do. Finally, look at costs. There are a lot of schools out there unfortunately who will charge a lot of money just to promote students through the ranks in order to make more money.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

See above.