Herding the Moo: Exploits of a Martial Arts Cult

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Trafford Publishing, 2006 - Psychology - 315 pages
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True accounts of earning a black belt in one of the most notorious martial art cults in the U.S. from beginning as a white belt, progressing through the ranks until reaching instructor. Joe Smith describes what it was like to train, earn rank and finally leave organizations known as Chung Moo Quan (later Chung Moo Doe and now called Oom Yung Doe).

Through additional observations of friends and colleagues over the years, Joe provides accounts of the training methods, practices and forms as well as the cult dogma, and reveals the cult has continued to evolve post federal investigations even with the departure of the most trusted members. Plus tales of wacky adventures for those thinking of earning a real black belt in a "royal style."


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The International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) which publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals, the editors of Martial Arts Professional Magazine, the authors Lawrence Kane, Marc Mac Young and John Graden all reviewed Herding favorably. As have hundreds of ex-member students and former factory workers of the Kim Family Trust's so-called martial arts schools and herbal scam companies. The OYD cult has adjusted their con over the years, women are hustled just as equally as men for the money while those with personal or family wealth are even more heavily worked on. Every few years, one or two new dupes comes along with just enough cash to keep the Moo-scam going. Herding is an important part of understanding how cults in whatever form they take, are even today an insidious part of our society, leeching from the works of others solely for their own gains. There is no Asian Chung Moo Organization, John C Kim was never any kind of champion (except perhaps whilst he was in prison), and he certainly cannot float from rooftops, no matter how much they reduce the frame of the picture to show less and less of the background. The words on the front of their dojos are not Chinese, nor Korean; it's a mish-mash of broken symbols proclaiming "house of green onion." Read Herding and find out yourself. 

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This book is poorly written. And it is untrue. This person was one of may former instructors that were kicked out of the program for violating the schools ethics. There is obvious revenge tactics going on here.


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