Friday, 29 June 2018

Mini Lecture: Mu Duk Kwan and Hwang Kee in TKD history

Recently I was involved in a short discussion on Hwang Kee and Mu Duk Kwan and it’s role in Taekwondo history. I think that in early history Hwang Kee is important through his students and that he through his students left a lasting legacy within the Kukkiwon-Tkd

Friday, 15 June 2018

What is the meaning of the term "Taekwondo"?

I videotaped myself nerding out on the term "Taekwondo". I found it a fitting next video as my last nerding out was on how to write taekwondo in Korean using Hangul (The Korean writing system), but while I went into some detail demonstraing how to write the term I never touched upon the mening of the term. Taekwondo is often translated as Tae = Foot, Kwon = Fist and Do = Art (or way), but this is a very simplified translation of the term. Choi Hong Hi who came up with the term in around 1955 wrote several books on Taekwondo and he did also give us a very clear and consice translation on what the term meant, and this should be something we all should learn straight from his own works. In this clip I have included a paraphrasing of his translation, and the exact quote from his 15 volume encyclopedias. I have gone into a little history on the term, as well as a few different interpretations around what the term means in a wider sense (combative strategy, philosophical and descriptive of the system of the whole). I hope you enjoy the clip and as always: Any like, share, comment and subscription is highly appreciated:-)

Question of the day: What kind of topics would YOU like me to cover in a future "mini lecture" like this?

Friday, 8 June 2018

How to write taekwondo in Korean (태권도)

Many dojang has written tests in regard to their rank advancement and writing taekwondo in korean Hangul is a frequent task on these written tests. I’ve thought for a long time to make a post or video where I demonstrate how to do this, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The other day I had a few minutes to spare while waiting in my car and I thought “why wait?” and just went for it then and there :-)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Short discussion on grappling in poomsae + application from 5 Jang

I made this clip pretty much on a whim after one of the blogs readers commented that his daughters favorite taegeuk poomsae was oh jang. I filmed the application and then what was meant as a 30 second to 1 minute intro, but I started rambling and before I knew it I had made a very short discussion on the possibility of grappling within poomsae. So in the clip you get that discussion, you get two applications from the Kukkiwon Textbook explaining “blocks” as joint locks, and you get an application from taegeuk 5 jang. I hope you’ll find it to be high value content.