Introduction to the art​

Oom Yung Doe (OYD) is a traditional martial art. Root Academy has decided to partner with Oom Yung Doe because the practice aids in balancing the mind with the body and is universal in its application for all people. OYD instructors and students are taught through the physical and internal application of such principles as Strength, Balance, Respect, and Community.

​Why Oom Yung Doe?

Many traditional lines of martial arts exist that teach foundation movements, principle, and balance. Root Academy has chosen Oom Yung Doe because Root Academy Founder and Head Instructor Heather MacKenzie Graham received and benefitted by this training herself. Through her teaching, MacKenzie has observed OYD to be useful for students in many ways that extend beyond the practice room, including learning difficulties, hyperactivity, sensory integration disorder, emotional regulation, and symptoms of autism. 

What is the difference?

Traditional vs. Sport Martial Arts




Martial Arts


Video provided courtesy of Oom Yung Doe Issaquah

*Oom Yung Doe, LLC and Root Academy are independent and separate organizations.

  Root Academy maintains a current license to offer training in Oom Yung Doe.

- Sport martial arts involve competition with others. In traditional martial arts, the practitioner competes with themselves.

- Practitioners of sport martial arts may find their training is limited in relation to age and stamina. With traditional martial arts, a practitioner may train throughout their lives. 

- Traditional martial arts are designed for all people to be successful. Any person involved can find a suitable and challenging practice, no matter the physical, mental, or emotional challenges they may face.

- Some examples of sport martial arts include Tae Kwon Do, American Karate, Jiu Jitsu, and Judo.

- A few examples of traditional martial arts include Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido, Baguazhang (aka Bagua Chung), and Tai Chi.