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The musado is a modern martial art which is divided into two branches: the traditional musado destined for civil persons and the Musado MCS (Military Combat System) destined for the army and the police. The term musado (from Korean language) means "the way of warrior". Nevertheless, the musado is a German martial art, based on the Korean arts.

The international centre of the musado is in Dortmund.

Velmistr Herbert Grudzenski
Herbert Grudzenski - the grand master and founder of the martial art musado

The grand master of the musado is Herbert Grudzenski (1947-September 20, 2012) from Germany, the main instructors for the Czech Republic are Oldřich Šelenberk and Antonín Sokol.

Traditional musado

The traditional musado derives from Korean traditional martial arts such as taekwondo, hapkido & Kuk Sool Won. Many of the techniques tailored more for European physical capabilities while maintaining the Korean martial arts mindset though Grudzenski himself was also a black belt in Judo & Jujitsu.

The beginning of the musado is dated as from 1968.

Technical levels in the traditional musado

The traditional musado has 6 levels (1.-6. kup) of student which are marked by colour (see the table). Differently from the majority of the martial arts the student does not have a belt since the beginning. Only to the term of the course which lasts 2–4 months there is capacity to pass examination for the white belt.

Technical levels marked with colour
grade colour belt  
6. kup white Ceinture blanche.png
5. kup orange Ceinture orange.png
4. kup yellow Ceinture jaune.png
3. kup green Ceinture verte.png
2. kup blue Ceinture bleue.png
1. kup brown Ceinture marron.png
1. dan black Ceinture noire.png

The belts go up until ninth dan, dan is marked on the belt with Roman numeration written with golden letters. In the Czech Republic, the most graduated is Antonín Sokol (4. dan).

Code of honour of the practitioners of musado

The code of honour is a modern version of the code of ancient Korean units Hwarang.


  • Loyalty to own country
  • Loyalty to the teaching and to the instructors, with respect to the parents
  • Confidence and fraternity among friends
  • Courage when facing an enemy
  • Never kill without cause

Moral and ethical principles

After taking oath the student must adhere to these moral and ethical principles (kyohun; Korean terms):

Musado Military Combat System

The Musado MCS is a military system of personal defence and of body-to-body combat, designed especially for training of the army, of the police and of other forces of security.

The musado also is used in training of the special units, for example of the units of aerial war, of the brigades of rapid reaction and of the brigades of the UNO.

In the army of the Czech Republic this system was introduced in 1993.

Musado MCS does not have any rules precisely given. However, with its vast extension it provides more than 4000 techniques and skills which with good mastery enable the warrior to stop an attack.

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