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I agree and dis-agree too, can I do that? we must keep in mind tae kwon do is a generic term used to cover all the various styles of karate practiced in korea Not all of these styles had grappling as part of the curriculum and so they borrowed from a source outside the base inorder to improve what they practice. This is no different than what hapkido practitioners have been doing all along, just take into account all the kicking and countless other techniques that didn't belong to the original art when introduced to korea by its founder. We as artist need to continue this adding what works and eliminating the useless inorder to let hapkido remain an art of practical self-defense. lets not lose track of the fact that every year hapkido seems to have more and more techniques, how many techniques can you drill in a day a week, If we dont drill the technique it wont flow like water infact all it will be is one of those thoughts "i should have done that" if you are still around to think it.
I would have to agree with you there. There are to many instructors who dabble in diffent arts, and then try to teach them to others, when they don't have a full understanding themselves. I train in taekwondo and Hapkido, and im lucky enough to train in a school that teaches martial arts, not just some fitness class. Some taekwondo schools are just fitness classes, and dont really teach you anything, maybe a few kicks a few forms. They just want to grab money of people, and its these so called schools that destroy arts like taekwondo and Hapkido. I come from a chung di kwan school, we're thought old style taekwondo, there's kicks, puches, strikes, elbow, knee, basic but effective self defence, it has full range of techniques. Don't get me wrong there are also some schools out there that concentrate on sport taekwondo, and there's nothing wrong with that, I enjoy watching sport taekwondo myself, i have friends that compete in it, and they work really hard at it. It just some schools pretend to teach something that they don't. You teach sport taekwondo for competitions or Taekwondo anything in the middle are just schools that don't have a full understanding
From my understanding, a lot of the older Korean masters did not like to go to the ground, even though Judo was a prevalent art at the time. Because of this a lot of them neglected the ground and avoided it all together, instruction to. This caused many of the early students to loose out on this area of instruction.
Good to hear you are still training Where and when is GM Booth doing the training in Glasgow.
hello grandmaster gaitens i never stopped training just kept quiet. gm booth will be in glasgow 16th and 17th april,he will be showing dan bong skills on the monday night in kilmarnock but as yet i have nothing planned for the tuesday. i have been offered free matt space in the griphouse(possil) during the day so hoping to get some training from the man you are welcome to join, i have always stated that no one has been teaching hapkido in scotland longer than you,and if they dont wont to train with myself then you are the man to see hope to here from you soon
Ya know, that is a good point. I have never actually heard anyone say that Choi taught ground fighting, just that he taught Judo guys and that the ground work of Hapkido has been forgotten.
Can anyone clarify this 100%?