THE LAST MASTER
The Family Concept is one basis for traditional martial arts structure. Some martial arts utilize a Religious Concept, and some arts are strictly focused on the Sport Aspect of development. The title “Master” is a special title in traditional martial arts traditions. In traditional martial arts, Master is equivalent to “Father”. Master is the example and guide in traditional martial arts. Master serves as the father figure for the martial arts family. Historically, another significant aspect is that great Masters were also great Doctors. Chun Seung Won utilizes the Family Concept in addition to the great Chun Seung Won Masters being both well respected Grandmasters as well as skilled Doctors.
Chun Seung Won’s Grandmasters of the Song Family dedicated their lives to the practice, preservation, and teaching of their traditions. The dedication, practice and the discipline put into Chun Seung Won is a way of life. Grandmaster Song immigrated to the United States in 1981 bringing with him the family legacy and reputation. This lifelong dedication by Grandmaster will not be duplicated. We respect Grandmaster’s dedication and sacrifice toward his family’s traditions and the traditions of all the great Masters before him. There are possibly only a handful of practitioners on planet earth of the same level skill and dedication. Therefore, we show our respect and recognize Grandmaster Song as “The Last Master.”
China and Korea include the Baekdu (Paektu), Gwanak and Jiri Mountain ranges. Baekdu Mountain is present day the border between North Korea and China. The Gwanak and Jiri Mountain ranges are in present day South Korea. This landscape provided the ideal environment for the development and teachings of the Song family traditions. In these mountains under the tutelage of his grandfather, Grandmaster Song, Keum Sool, Grandmaster Song, Kyong Sik learned to gather traditional herbs by hand, studied the applications of nature and trained in his family martial arts traditions. These teachings continued to develop into the knowledge that is preserved today.
Grandmaster Song, Kyong Sik began his training at the age of five under the tutelage of his father Grandmaster Song, Jung Soo and his grandfather Grandmaster Song, Keum Sool. Much of Grandmaster Song's skills were acquired directly from his grandfather. Due to the reputation of the Song family's martial arts and eastern medical traditions, Grandmaster Song was afforded the opportunity to study with other great masters throughout Asia.
Song family studies were completed in addition to formal student educational requirements. It is with great dedication and great honor that Grandmaster Song, Kyong Sik dedicated his life to the development and study of his family's educational system. Grandmaster Song completed his formal eastern medical training in Korea and graduated with a Doctor's Degree in Eastern Medicine. Much of Grandmasters medical skills, in addition to the formal college training, were acquired through direct observation and teachings by his grandfather. In traditional martial arts, a great master was a great doctor, and a great doctor was well skilled in martial arts. Grandmaster Song continued this family and martial art tradition.
Before coming to the United States, Grandmaster Song served and completed his Korean military duty. Grandmaster Song trained both the Korean and American Special Forces stationed in Korea. Grandmaster relocated from Korea to the United States in 1981 and his first residence in the United States was in Washington, D.C. As the leader of Song family martial arts system called “Chun Seung” in the United States, Grandmaster Song started to teach the "right way" of martial arts to the public. The teaching of the Song family's martial arts traditions to the public was a very significant decision by Grandmaster Song. Prior to this time these traditions were passed strictly to family members and selected disciples. Grandmaster Song's American name is Edward Song.
The official organizational name Chun Seung was established by Song family member Grandmaster Song, Duk Soon in 1851. Grandmaster Song, Duk Soon was responsible for integrating the Song family’s Shaolin and Tai Chi traditions, with the Song family’s Korean traditions rooted in the Subak martial traditions of the ancient Silla Kingdom. In the United States, Grandmaster Song, Kyong Sik’s goal was to create a Korean to English translation that would capture the traditions of the Song family. The initial translation used was "Oriental Heritage Total Concepts" or "OHTC". Due to the sensitive connotation that "Oriental" carries; the name was later changed to "Optimal Health Total Concepts".
Grandmaster Song opened several schools throughout the United States under the name OHTC Martial Arts. These locations included schools in LaSalle, Indiana, Peru, Illinois, Waco, Texas and cities in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area such as Carrollton, Dallas, Highland Park, Plano and Carrollton, Texas. In addition to martial arts, the popularity and practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine in the United States gained momentum. States began to issue practitioners a license to legally practice acupuncture. One such state was Texas. In addition to OHTC Martial Arts, Grandmaster Song started the OHTC Healthcare System as a resource for individuals seeking the benefits of Eastern Medicine. Grandmaster Song is known as Dr. Song by his patients and distinguished colleagues. The Song family traditions and philosophies were a solid foundation for the continued development of Dr. Song's academic and professional career. Dr. Song also achieved Doctorate Degrees in Physical Education, Traditional Medicine, and Philosophy in Traditional Medicine. Dr. Song has formally practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine since 1974, first in Korea and since moving to the United States in 1981.
Song, Keum Sool transferred the Chun Seung traditions to his son Grandmaster Song, Jung Soo in 1967. Grandmaster Song, Jung Soo transferred the Chun Seun traditions to his son Grandmaster Song, Kyong Sik, also known as Dr. Edward K.S. Song, in 1983 as acting Chairman. After the unfortunate passing of Grandmaster Song , Jung Soo in 1996, Grandmaster Song, Edward (K.S.) became the acting President of Chun Seung. To properly preserve traditions and the honor of the Song family, the original name of Chun Seung given by Grandmaster Song, Duk Soon was resGrandmastertored to represent the Song family traditions in the United States. Chun Seung is intended to be a resource for those who seek a sincere and serious life. Grandmaster Song, also known as Dr. Song, is the embodiment of these teachings and traditions that Chun Seung represents. Chun Seung continues to develop, preserve, and promote the benefits of nature as an essential resource for total life development.
March 2022 Grandmaster Song retired from public teaching and public health service. The traditions of Chun Seung are presently under the leadership of Disciples Clayton Moore and Kristoher Glover, as well as Grandmaster’s remaining Disciples and very select Instructors. Teachings of Chun Seung and Grandmaster Song encompass a lifelong dedication to traditional martial arts and over 50 years of experience in clinical eastern medicine. In addition to his life experiences, these hundred-year legacies of traditions are preserved and passed down as there were passed down from generation to generation in the Song Family's treasured history. Maintaining health should be a major goal for all individuals and martial artist who pursue a sincere and serious approach to an improved way of life.
DOCTOR, EDUCATOR & AUTHOR
DOCTOR AND EDUCATOR
Founder and President of the Chun Seung - OHTC Acupuncture Clinic
Former President of the OHTC Health Care System
President Emeritus of the Chun Seung (OHTC) Martial Arts Association
Former President of the OHTC Acupuncture and Herbal Research Foundation
Former Professor of Physical Education at University of Sciences
Former President of the Korean American Acupuncture Association of Texas (KAAT) as 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th President
Founder of the Federation of Korean American Eastern Medicine Associations
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. License AC00007
State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License 198-000260
Acupuncturist Association of Texas
American Society of Acupuncturists
Korean American Acupuncture Association of Texas
Federation of Korean American Eastern Medicine Associations in the USA
The American Association of Oriental Medicine
BOOKS BY GRANDMASTER SONG
Martial Arts Education
Fundamentals of Martial Arts
Instructor's Guide of Success in the Martial Arts
Master's Guide of Success in the Martial Arts
Encyclopedia of Traditional Martial Arts
Moo Sa Sool
Encyclopedia of Eastern Medicine
Modern Eastern Medicine
Fundamentals of Eastern Medicine
Hygiene and Phlebotomy
Hygiene in the Martial Arts
Martial Arts Rescue Methods
The Eastern Way of Health
Preservation of Health
The Natural Healing Art
Yeum Yang and Five Elements
The Ancient Art of Tea
The Ancient Art of Ki (Meditation and Breathing)
Ki to Life
Ethics in the Martial Arts
Art of Traditional Baduk
Chun Seung Sa Sang Eui Hak
Modern Eastern Medicine and Health Science
The Ancient Art of Health
The Way of the Last Master
Book of Dr. Song's News Column
Clinical Eastern Medicine
Chun Seung Health
Chun Seung Tai Chi Chuan
Chun Seung Eastern Medical Treatment
Chun Seung Eastern Medicine
Healthy Life (Updated)
Martial Arts Education (Updated)