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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Chung Do Kwan Training
Osan Airforce Base, 1963 - 1964

Grandmaster Twings time in Osan Korea (1963-64) was very early in the history of modern Taekwondo. In my previous history posts, you can see the name "Tae Soo Do" being used along side "Chung Do Kwan " in many places. The name Taekwondo was not yet fully adopted.

In the early to mid 60's, martial arts training in Korea was still heavily influenced by Japanese Karate. Here are some examples:

The photo (above left), shows Grandmaster Twing is using a Makiwara Board, a common tool used in Karate to toughen up the hands striking surfaces, and build strength in the wrists. You can see the results in the photo on the right.

(Above Left) Grandmaster Twing and Grandmaster Lee Sparring (Osan, 1964). No equipment was being used yet. The Hogu (photo on right with Grandmaster Lee in the background) was introduced to standard practice in the late 1960's.

The forms taught to Grandmaster Twing while stationed in Osan were based on the Pinyan Karate forms.
Here is a clip of Grandmaster Twing as a red belt, performing Pinyan Oh Dan. This would be the equivilant of Taeguek 8.

Grandmaster Twing Pinyan Oh Dan

Here is a clip of Grandmaster Lee, peforming a Black Belt form. I have seen several versions of this form, named a few different things. My best guess is it called NaiHanchi ShoDan. (1st or 2nd dan form)

Grandmaster Lee NaiHanchi Shodan  

These forms are still practiced by many Karate, and Tang Soo Do practitioners today.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Holiday Break!

I am working on some new posts, 1 history, and 1 technical, I hope to have them up in the next week or so.

The Blue Wave Taekwondo School (burlington) has been closed for the Holidays, but we did have 2 "informal" classes this past week. My daughter, Addison, came along to family class with me. She is a 9th gup, (yellow stripe) and fits Taekwondo in between Violin, Ballet, Art classes and everything a 1st grader does. Here is a photo of us headed out the door! Happy New Year Everyone.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mr. Sayles - Fight Clips

Most of you know Mr. Sayles (one of my Senior Black Belt athletes)but for those that do not, he is a long time competitor, and 2005 AAU featherweight national champion (among other accomplishments). Here are a few nice points from some of his past fights. (Click the "Play" Arrow Twice).

Promotion Testing in Burlington

We had a great Rank Promotion test at the gym last night. Two new Red belts to pick on! It is very satisfying as an instructor to watch a student test for red belt, and know, that in 8 - 12 months, they are going to make very good black belts. Congratulations to Peter and Daniel! Nice work guys! (pictures coming) 2 Great lower rank testings as well, 1 for yellow stripe and one for green stripe. Congratulations Marley and Ryan.

When I got to the gym last night, there was a present for me under the door. A CD with pictures and videos from the Blue Wave Festival. Thank you Mr. Emerson! Here is a clip of my break:

540 Spin Round and Spin Hook Break  

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Blue Wave Taekwondo Festival 2006

The Taekwondo festival on Saturday was a blast! We had nearly 90 participants for match games, from 5 to 58 years old, and everyone got at least 2 matches. (many got 3 or 4). We started at 10:30, and were packing up by 3:30.

This was a chance for people to experience a scored match (Matted rings, Electronic scoring) with out the stress of it being a "Tournament". We also did several learning matches, teaming up a black belt with a gup rank.

There was a 15 minute demonstration during the lunch break. Some forms, Self Defense and Breaking demonstrations.

I LOVED this event. Its all about experience, learning and self improvement. I would like to see it be expanded to include some Forms, Breaking and even One Step Demonstrations in the future, or perhaps make a second event to include aspects other then sparring.

I hope to add some Video Clips, and additional pictures. (Yes, there were a LOT of adults sparring). Thanks to Sonja Buckholts for getting me the pictures you see here.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Drills From Black Belt Conference

We are going to take a little break from the history posts, but don't worry, there is a LOT more of them to come.

I have been meaning to document the sparring (Paddle) drills I taught at black belt conference. Mr. Sayles and Xiques helped me record some video for the Cut Step drills on Saturday that I included below. (Pictures above)

The seminar built from the 4 basic styles of Round house kicks used in Olympic Style Taekwondo. (Note all Video Clips are between 1.5 - 2.0 meg each.)

1. Offensive Back Leg Round House

2. Offensive Front Leg Round House (fast kick, running round house)

3. Defensive Back Leg Round house (Slide Back, Pada Chagi)

4. Front Leg Defensive Round House (Draw Back, Front leg Pop)

After Reviewing these techniques, we moved on to implement a cut step (45 degree step) one starting with the kicking leg in back,(Slip Cut step) and one in front (Switch Cut Step).

1. Slip Cut step, followed by Round House; Kicking leg starts in back

2. Switch Cut step, followed by Round House; Kicking Leg Starts in Front

The, kicker assumed sparring pace, and the holder would put down a paddle on either the right or left side, then the kicker had to react to the target, either doing the slip step, or the switch step.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Grandmaster Bruce Twing - History Post 2

Grandmaster Twings first exposure to the Martial arts was when he joined Airforce in 1960. He was stationed in Glasgow Montana where he started training in Judo under a man named Sargent Hudson. (Grandmaster Twing didn't give me a first name)

This picture is of Grandmaster Twing (2nd from left) after a Judo demonstration at the Airforce base in Glasgow, 1963. Sargent Hudson is standing on the right end.

Sargent Hudson encouraged Grandmaster Twing to extend his time in the Airforce, and request to be sent to either Korea or Japan so he could continue his martial arts training. He did this, and was sent to Osan, South Korea.

When he arrived at Osan he immediately visited the Judo gym and signed up. The instructor was a man named Master Ahn, he was an 8th Degree black belt who had studied with Judo's founder Jigoro Kano.

As you can imagine, Grandmaster Twing was very busy while at Osan, training in both Taekwondo and Judo. It paid off though, as he came home with a 1st degree black belt in both arts. Here is a picture of Grandmaster Twings 1st Dan Judo Certificate, from the Kodokan.