World of Murim

Murim: The Korean world of Martial Arts. Also Known as Gang Ho, or even Gang Ho Murim.

The three factions:

  • Jung Pa: (Lit. Justice Faction). As the name suggests, the faction promotes righteousness, justice, fairness, etc. (in name at least)
  • Sa Pa: (Lit. Evil Faction). The “dark” side of Murim, promoting violence, strength, etc.
  • Magyo: (Lit. Demon/Devil School/Sect). More or less the same as Sa Pa

The two paths (related to the three factions):

  • Jung Do(lit. Justice Path/Way). More or less the same as Jung Pa. People from the Jung Do are referred to as Jung Do-in (lit. Justice Path/Way Man).
  • Ma Do(lit. Evil Path/Way). People from Sa Pa or the Magyo (different novels use different factions, and it looks like SoE uses Magyo rather than Sa Pa… or at least so far it does). Similar to Jung Do, people from the Ma Do are referred to as Ma Do-in.

Murim’s Hierarchy:

  • Nine Great Schools (九派一幇): The nine huge schools representative of the Jung Pa Murim. It refers to the nine schools of the greatest authority. Of which, the Shaolin School, Wudang School, Emei School, Kunlun School, Huashan School, Diancang School, and Gae Bang are always included. The other three schools are chosen by the author of 6 names (which I am too lazy to put here for now). Additionally, Gae Bang is a school made up of beggars.
    [note: the above information is straight out from a Murim wiki. I’m still slightly confused about how there’s 10 schools in a group called “nine”.]
  • The Noble Clans (世家): Usually next in authority to the Nine Great Schools.
  • Minor Schools*: Pretty much all the small/minor schools that’s not part of the above two.
    [note: 군소방파; I couldn’t find the Chinese or any wiki for info, but it pops up quite frequently. If anyone knows a more accurate translation or more info on this, message me!]

More will be added if needed.


6 thoughts on “World of Murim

  1. Actually there aren’t 10 schools. “九” means 9, “派” probably refers to the schools that raise martial artists or the school that the martial artist is affiliated with or belongs to . So there are 9 schools in total since it is “九派 “. “一” means one, I don’t know how to translate “幇” to English but this is referring to a type of gathering. So the “一幇” means one gathering and this “一幇” is obviously Gae Bang since “幇” is pronounced as Bāng in Chinese which is the bang in Gae Bang. Gae Bang is a famous beggar’s gathering in the martial art world. So “九派一幇” is a total of 10 organizations made up of 9 schools and 1 gathering.


    • Yeah, the Chinese and the description says 9; the only thing I was confused about was that the wiki said 7 schools listed above are almost ALWAYS a part of the 9 schools. Then it said the other 3 (instead of 2) are chosen from a list of 6, which is what confused me.

      It might just be a typo from the wiki, as it does look like there’s only 9 schools.


      • 九派一幇 = 9 schools + 1 sect. (which adds up to 10, which is what I believe Robin was saying i.e. the schools and sect are separate and should not be collectively called 10 schools, but left as 9 schools + 1 sect)
        This is a common setting in most chinese pugilistic settings (or at least it seems to be, based on the more famous Jin Yong works)
        So there is a total of 10, with 9 schools being Huashan, Wudang etc. as you listed above, and the sect being Gae Bang (often translated as Beggar Sect)

        Although in the end, most of these murim stories have an issue when it comes to translation due to the names not being fixed, i.e. 派 & 幇 can both be translated to ‘sect’ in many cases. which leads to confusion.


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