|Called "blocking apparatus" this|
kind of training is not gennerally
seen in any Taekwondo book!
Taekwondo. You might have heard his name before; Choi Hong Hi. The book I am going to reccomend is not his 15 volume Encyclopedias allthough if you are a Chang Hon Ryu practisioner you should really really get that collection or at least the condensed Encyclopedia.
If you are following a system founded and developed (or at least spearheaded) by one man you should really really listen to what he has to say. A lot of "problems" modern Shotokan faces (lack of Applications, stiffness in movement, excaggerated stances etc) could easily be avvoided if the practisioners sat down and read (actually READ) the writings of their "founder" Gichin Funakoshi. Likewise a lot of problems mainstream "ITF/Chang Hon Ryu" Taekwondo faces could be avvoided if they actually took their time to read and understand and apply what their founder had to say. Both founders put a lot of effort into writing and creating textbooks so we would not have to start off on scratch but many do not bother Reading and practise a watered down Limited and pretty much useless martial activity instead of Taekwondo as a martial art. I will also be the first to say that I do not agree with everything he has written or said and that he was only a man and a man of his time at that, but ignoring him is not the answer.
The book I highly reccomend is his 1965 book called "Tae Kwon Do the Korean art of self defense". It was republished in 2007 but allready out of print so it might be a little hard to come by but hopefully they will republish it yet again. Edit: It was re republished in the summer 2013:-D You can easily get it on Amazon:-D Just click the link above it will take you straight into Amazon and the book.
So why should you bother to get an outdated instructive text?
You have the historical reasons of course.
Choi Hong Hi gave us a snapshot of Taekwondo as practised in 1965 and it is very very different from the art you see today. The book is a valuable glimpse to see where we came from. In 1965 this also includes the Kukki Taekwondo lineage as there was only the Korean Taekwondo Association in 1965 and Choi Hong Hi was the president.
Taekwondo was a feared martial art used in warfare in the Vietnam and Korean war With great success. The book gives us an important glimpse into this martial art.
While Taekwondo had its lack of direct forms applications (linking self defense techniques beyond kick blocks and punches back to its forms) it did not lack practical applications. If it did it would not have been successfull in war which is the most extreme testing ground for a martial art. The book contains all the punches, strikes, blocks, and kicks that you have seen elsewhere with basic application shown for most techniques but you also get Locks, throws, defenses from the ground, sitting on a Chair, kneeling self defense etc etc. Lacking forms applications is not the same as lacking applications and this is something that is often overlooked when critizising Taekwondo as a martial art.
Old School training methods:
If you google or go youtubing the Japanese term: "Hojo Undo" (Korean Bucho Undong) you will see a rich training culture of supplemental training that is vital for the old school applications as well as the proper development of power in simple strikes and the conditioning of the body into a weapon. This training culture is almost non existant in modern mainstream Taekwondo. We have some "leftovers" though and we make up or it using pads, heavy bags and live training which is not so bad and works but implementing the old training methods would create a lot better results. Choi Hong Hi`s 1965 book includes almost everything that you would see in the Okinawan Karate Hojo Undo methods of training and seeing this included and so much of it as recently as 1965 has made me
|Gripping jars often seen as really really|
"Okinawan" here demonstrated in a
Allthough the book uses a different terminology and contains different forms the overall system that is documented within it is very similar to the one I practise today under my teachers.
|The striking post. I can not|
Write enough how much I
love this training devise!
This should really be enough reasons to buy the book and read it over and over and over again. Wether you practise Chang Hon Ryu Taekwon-Do or Kukki-Taekwondo it does not matter. This is a valuable Resource for Taekwondo history buffs, pragmatic Taekwondo students wanting to include additional training Methods and as a way to understand Taekwondo as a striking martial art.
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