(I have not researched the history behind Junji No Kata
so take it as I do, interesting but not sure of its historical claims)
We do not live in a world without internet or youtube anymore. In the old days you could live in your own bubble and if anyone told you Taekwondo had roots within Karate you could safely say NO it is a 3 000 years old Korean native martial art and keep this up for years. Those days however are gone with the wind and we will never get them back. The proof of Taekwondo`s karate roots are there for everyone to see. It is so encoded within our MA-DNA that it can easily be seen. It is seen in our customs (Uniform, use of foreign language, belt systems, basic techniques, forms, etc etc) and unbiased well researched articles, books and blogs has clearly pointed out that Taekwondo as we know it can all be traced back to the Kwan (plural) in the Kwan era (1940s-1970s) and that all of them had a strong Karate connection in their very foundation. Look below for a few facts:
- Chung Do Kwan, founded in 1940s by Lee Won Kuk, practised directly with Funakoshi.
- Song Moo Kwan, founded in 1940s by Ro Byung Jik, practised directly with Funakoshi.
- Yoon Moo Kwan founded in 1940s by Chun Sang Sup, practised directly with Funakoshi.
- Moo Duk Kwan founded in 1940s by Hwang Kee. Practised With other Kwan leaders and CMA in Manchuria.
- Ji Do Kwan (reopened Yoon Moo Kwan 1950s) founded by Yoon Kwae Byung, practised under Mabuni and Kanken.
- Chang Moo Kwan founded in 1950s? by Yoon Byung In practised CMA and under Kanken.
- Oh Do Kwan, founded in 1950s by Choi Hong Hi. Practised Karate in Japan under "Master Kim".
Personally I think that Taekwondo`s Karate roots should be a source of pride and a subject of gaining additional insights into the current system. There really should not be any bickering on Karate in the Taekwondo comunity in 2015 onwards ;-) We have gotten so far so why cant we get over the politics (national pride issues) and the "Cold War" between WTF and ITF while we are at it?
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