|Koogoryo toomb paintings|
often seen as evidence
of Taekwondo`s existance
thousands of years ago
For instance a "Kukki" Taekwondo exponent would say that Taekwondo is Koreas native martial art (with no to little influence from Karate) and is a direct decendant from the older Korean arts of Taek Kyon and Subak and therefore Taekwondo is atleast 2000 years old. Being a "Kukki" Taekwondo student myself I too believed this to be the whole and complete truth. Yes I saw that Karate was very simular but I took my seniors words without questions and went a long with it. I even propogated the idea for a few years. (Un)furtunatly being the Taekwondo "nerd" that I am I soon came to realise that the whole thing was a lie made up to hide Taekwondo`s Karate roots. Suddenly my 2 000 years of Korean Martial Arts herritage became no more than 50 years old. I was very angered with this and almost quit Taekwondo because of it. After all the history of all my training was a lie. The kicking part being from Taek Kyon was the only thing that distingouished Taekwondo from Karate and the only (tenious) link back to Koreas historic Martial Arts.
|Famous Korean painting depicting|
a Taek Kyon contest
So if it is not 2 000 years old per say, it does have certain roots that goes back further than 40 years through its link with Taek Kyon. Wether this link is of an influence only or a direct import of certain techniques I do not know but it does not really matter.
|Choi Hong Hi is often|
said to be
the "founder of Taekwondo"
|Gichin Funakoshi about to perform Kanku Dai Kata|
Notice that Choi Hong Hi is in the excact same stance
|Gichin Funakoshi(?) performing Tekki Shodan. This existed as Chulgi il Hyung in early Taekwondo.|
This move is identical to the modern Kukkiwon Poomsae Pyongwon.
|Taek Kyon training|
All the best.