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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Grandmaster Bruce Twing - History Post 1

Most Blue Wave students know that Grandmaster Twing began his training in 1964, at Osan Airforce base in South Korea while on his military Tour. Here is a picture of Grandmaster Twing in front of the Chung Do Kwan gym sign:

Grandmaster Tae Sung Lee was his instructor, and after 13 months, or training 4 plus hours a day, he came back to the states with his 1st dan. Here is a scan of the original certificate and ID card.

Full Size Certificate.

Front of ID Card

Back of ID Card.

Its interesting to see that the names: Chung Do Kwan, Tae Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do and even Karate appear in various places on all of these pictures. In addition, the ID card is signed by both General Choi and Won Kyu Um, who at the time were president and director (respectively) of both the Chung Do Kwan, and the Korea Taekwondo Association.

The mid 60's in Korea were a time of a lot of change and "shaking out" of what would eventually develop into what we know Taekwondo (in its various forms) to be today.

stay tuned - more to come!

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