Maan Mut Ji Do 萬物之道 is a Chinese martial art and way-of-life that has been handed down successive generations since the Warring States period (771-476 BCE) in Ancient China. The art was originally favoured by ancient assassins for its simplicity and flexibility. The living tradition of the art was transferred to Les and Noelle Conn from Master Kwan Yuen Cheong 關潤昌 across their 20 year formal apprenticeship.

The name of Maan Mut Ji Do 萬物之道 is the Cantonese expression for “Way of Ten Thousand Things”. The “Ten Thousand Things” refers to the philosophical concept of all living things found in nature. Contained within the name, is a hidden concept for the student of the martial art to discover on their journey.

The key principle of the Art is to use anything we have at hand as a weapon. In ancient times that could mean a blade, a spear, or even a hair pin. In today’s terms it might translate into a machete, a screwdriver, or a pencil.

The Way of Ten Thousand Things 萬物之道 utilises a simple framework of movement. This framework can then be used for long weapons, hidden weapons, improvised weapons, or unarmed combat situations. Using such a framework is also habit forming, meaning the exponent will respond correctly in times of need.

The response level of Maan Mut Ji Do 萬物之道 can also be scaled appropriately to suit the situation at hand. This keeps the art relevant in any culture and any era. The ability to respond to an attack with appropriate force is also extremely important for today’s legal requirements.

Our unarmed skills are harsh and cannot be used in sport competition. Limb breaks, tearing at tendons, eye gouging, and other such methods are only used when absolutely necessary. Interestingly, we develop our unarmed skills by using weapons first, and once the science of our martial art has been understood, then developing skills of unarmed combat is somewhat straightforward.

Weapons and tools

The following are weapons we use in daily practice:

  • Knives
  • Karambit
  • Machete
  • Battons
  • Staves and poles
  • Ropes and Chains
  • Hand thrown projectile weapons
  • Probes and spikes

These are traditional Chinese weapons we use for understanding Maan Mut Ji Do 萬物之道:

  • Swords – Gim 劍 and Do 刀
  • Kwan (Staff of various sizes)
  • Kwan Do 關刀
  • Spear
  • Soft Weapons
  • Hand thrown projectile weapons 飛鏢