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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.

5 comments:

John Vesia said...

That version of Naihanchi is nearly identical to Shotokan's - wide stance, dramatic and powerful. In Isshinryu, the stances are shorter with a little less upper body movement. Along with the Pinan forms, Naihanchi makes its appearance in many traditional karate styles.

Gordon White said...

Thanks John. Its interesting that the Taekwondo forms done today (in WTF/Kukkiwon fashion) have much quieter upper body movement (no sine wave).

It would be interesting to know if the form Pyon Won was influenced by this form. It also moves side to side, but incorporates techniques more identifiable to Taekwondo.

Colin Wee said...

A related post ...

Chung Do Kwan v Shotokan from Striking Thoughts Blog

Rgds,

Colin

Anonymous said...

We perform this form as a Brown Belt. It is called Chul Gee Cho Dan.
When is this clip dated?

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Danielle said...

I HAVE MY ILL DAN BLACK BELT IN CHUNG DO KWAN UNDER MASTER DUK KYUNG CHOI WHO RAN THE CHUNG DO KWAN SCHOOL IN KOREA FOR 9YEARS BEFORE COMING TO THE US(WASHINGTON DC) IN 1969. OUR 1ST DAN FORMS ARE BASSAI AND CHIL GI 1.