Both a martial art and a location (well, a web site too), Sinanju is the heart of the series.
The location: It is on the North Korean coast, at the tip of an inlet. It can be found about 100 miles N.W. of Pyongyang.
Most maps do not show Sinanju (at the insistence of Chiun), but do have Sinuiju. Sinuiju is just North of Sinanju, but it is a shameful place, without the beauty and dignity of Sinanju. The "Horns of Welcome" were not mentioned.
If you are rusty on geography, Korea is across the Sea of Japan, across from, well, Japan. You can contact the American Red Cross for information on Submarine transportation in and out of N. Korea. Warning: Sinanju does not welcome tourists!
Chiun refers to Sinanju as the Jewel of Korea, a beautiful and graceful place, populated by worthy and loyal people.
Remo calls it a cold, dreary, smelly mud flat with the longest history of public aid and welfare in the world.
The Martial Art: Sinanju is the Sun Source, the beginning of all martial arts. Throughout the series, we learn from Chiun what has been "borrowed" from sinanju. All the martial arts, Chiropractic, herbal medicine and more.
With Sinanju, strength and power comes from within, and does not rely on Arnold-like bulk. With this training and knowledge, masters of Sinanju can perform super-human feats. The training also "activates" dormant parts of the mind, and modifies the nervous system. The result? Speed (Remo has been clocked running over 100mph), agility, "oneness" with nature, heightened senses, and long life.
Throughout the series, Remo seems to be getting younger, not older. Master's of Sinanju, contrary to recent falsehoods, can not eat meat (poultry and fish are ok) - mainly rice and duck. Meat is toxic to them. A hot dog to Remo would be like Nerve Gas to us.
The Marital Art: All masters of Sinanju are taught the steps required to bring women to sexual ecstasy. But just how many steps are there? The most popular belief is that there are thirty two steps in the program - but the little known fact is that there are actually three different programs (this was revealed in "Profit Motive, #48.)
Remo has learned three separate techniques: One takes twenty seven steps, another takes thirty seven steps, and the final one uses fifty two steps. The problem Remo has with these techniques, it that all the fun has been taken out of sex for him. He has rarely found a woman that can last beyond step twelve. The women of Sinanju require the entire fifty two step program. Remo believes that this is because they are so, well, ugly.
Chiun has warned Remo to never use the fifty two step system on normal women, as it will drive them insane. So of course Remo asks Chiun what the use in learning the fifty two step method. Remo then states that if he can not use it on a woman he is "sure as dick not going to use it on a man." Chiun replies "Must you always be so disgusting?"
Remo has encountered one type of woman that does require at least 12 steps, plus is often immune to Remo's natural attraction. Lesbians. Yep. And Remo falls for them every time...
An author's note on this subject reads: "Many people have expressed interest in the precise nature of the steps used by Remo to bring women to a state of erotic fulfillment. The authors have decided not to reveal these techniques, however, because they have no interest in seeing half the world's population reduced to quivering, happy, mindless sex slaves. The knowledge of the techniques must remain safely with Remo, Chiun, and the authors. Sorry."
The Secret Is Still A Secret
Chiun teaches these steps to Remo early on in his Sinanju training, and Remo uses them often. On friends. On enemies. To shut up annoying females. Even the movie mentioned the technique. Note that it alternates left than right, each alternate step being closer to the heart (left side.) Here is what has been revealed so far of the Thirty-Seven steps...
Step one: Tapping the inside of the left wrist, in time to the heartbeat. Increase the speed of the tapping. The tapping will increase the heartbeat to 150 beats per minute.
Step four: Massage of the small of the back
Step five: Massage of the inside of the left knee, followed by the right knee
Step six: The perimeter of the Right armpit
Step seven: The perimeter of the left armpit
Step eight: Massage the inside of the upper right thigh
Step nine: Massage of the inside of the upper left thigh
Step ten: "Mountain climbing" the fingers over the right breast
Step eleven: Trailing the fingers over the left breast to a peak that was hard and vibrant
- At this point she usually is jelly, and Remo jumps to step thirty seven
Step thirty seven: Penetration