About SunDo

SunDo is a type of Mountain Taoism that does not require another person to act as an intermediary to self-realization. It is a self-cultivating practice that depends upon an individual’s ability to sustain his or her own inner process of development.

To achieve the full benefits of SunDo, class attendance and daily practice are encouraged. Members also benefit by attending SunDo retreats which take place several times a year.

Three categories of Taoist practice include: Religious, Public and Mountain Taoism. Religious Taoism is practiced in temples, while Public Taoism is practiced in everyday life and folk culture. Practitioners of both Religious and Public Taoism depend on intermediaries such as priests, shamans or healers to assist them in rituals that enhance personal growth or moral standards.

SunDo Practice Levels

Different colored belts are awarded during promotion ceremonies when practitioners are ready to advance to the next level of practice, which often involves learning more challenging postures and different breathing techniques. However, promotion eligibility depends on the consistency and quality of previous practice.

  • Level 1

    White Belt (Jung Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 2

    White / Yellow Belt  (Jung Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 3

    Yellow Belt  (Keon Kon Dan Boup)

  • Level 4

    Red Belt  (Won Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 5

    Red / Blue Belt  (Won Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 6

    Blue Belt  (Won Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 7

    Grey Belt  (Chook Ki Dan Boup)

  • Level 8

    Black Belt  (Jin Ki Dan Boup)

“Taoism is an ancient, continuously evolving group of practices that are not well known and are difficult to define. Taoism doesn’t have a single founder the way Buddhism does. It is a discipline of collected wisdom from many sources over several thousand years. The essence of Taoism is a way of discovering yourself and the entire world. Towler (1997) describes it as ” a deeply spiritual but decidedly non-religious way of life.”

~ Ron Catabia, SunDo Associate Master
“Lower Tancheon Psychotherapy,”
The Empty Vessel, 2007