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


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  3. Great article as usual. I am a Soo Back Do practitioner but also have Cho Dan's in "American Tae Kwon Do" (Jhoon Rhee style) and traditional Korean Tae Kwon Do. I like to check your page occasionally to see what is going on in the TKD world (at least your TKD world). I have never understood why people would discount any other style just because "it's not ours". You can learn something from any style - Korean, Okinawan, Chinese, etc. TKD was the synthesis of 7 of the original 9 Korean Kwans - wouldn't it be interesting to see what happened with the other two? Your right leg and left leg are different from each other but joined at the hip - and both are valuable - you would certainly miss one if it wasn't there.

    1. Thanks Roger. Very nice of you to comment :-) I'm flabbergasted (is that the correct term?) when I meet these kinds of thinking. I do not remember if it was this year or last year when a high ranking master belittled me online for my low level knowledge of taekwondo because I used the Tang Su Do 1958 Textbook as one (small part of) source that basic grappling has always been a part of taekwondo. I pointed out the fact that Hwang Kee never joined the Taekwondo movment, but his students were instrumental in making the Kukki-Taekwondo what it is. They did not come to the taekwondo table empty handed, some had trained since the 1940s and joined in the mid 60s, instructed by Hwang Kee or at least heavily influenced by him all that time. That is some serious "baggage". To discount his early works therefore to me is just mindblowing :-P Granted I do not see the relevance for his works after this time, so the Chil Sung Hyung and Yuk Roh Hyung are not relevant for the understanding of Kukki-Taekwondo (allthouhg I personally find it fascinating), his early teachings and books are highly relevant for my study. Just as the other Kwan are:-)