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78 years Tribute to Moo Duk Kwan

Moo Duk Kwan is a martial arts organization founded by Hwang Kee in South Korea in 1945. The licensed schools teach Soo Bahk Do, which was previously known as Tang Soo Do. The history of Moo Duk Kwan begins with Hwang Kee witnessing a man using Taekyon to defend himself, leading him to develop his own martial art. He later appealed to Chinese martial arts teacher Yang Kuk Jin for training and fused together Chinese and Korean martial arts into a form he initially called Hwa Soo Do, then changed to Tang Soo Do. In 1957, he was introduced to the Muye Dobo Tongji, which led to the name of his martial art system being changed to Soo Bahk Do in 1960. By 1960, Tang Soo Do was being practiced by almost 75% of all martial artists in Korea and eventually spread worldwide, with close to 300,000 practitioners.  After Hwang Kee died in 2002, his son Hwang Hyun-chul (Jin Mun) was named his successor. This appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the United States Soo Bahk D

The relation between Taekwondo and Taekyon

  The relation between Taekwondo and Taekyon, and the influence of Taekyon's kicking technique on Taekwondo are topics of debate in Korean martial arts. Some argue that Taekyon influenced Taekwondo's kicking techniques. The founder of Mu Deok Kwan, Hwang Ki, mentioned that while not stating that Taekyon is the base of Taekwondo, it has influenced specifically the foot techniques in Korean martial art. Kim Yong-ok argues that Taekyon, traditionally a game or amusement, was mistakenly designated as a heritage of traditional martial arts. The claim has been made in some historical accounts that Taekwondo, initially known as Taekyon, derives from traditional Korean martial arts and is heavily influenced by Karate. This is contested by scholars such as Song Hyeong-seok who emphasize the minimal technical exchange between Taekwondo and Taekyon. There is still debate surrounding the true nature of Taekwon-do's foundations and its relation to Taekyon. Despite this, Taekwon-do remai

The day when Un Young Kim was jailed for 30 months at the age of 73 years old

  Seoul, South Korea, June 3 - Kim Un-yong, suspended vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined 788 million won after being found guilty of embezzlement and other corruption charges. These charges arise from Kim's leadership of the Korean Olympic Committee and the World Taekwondo Federation, with allegations dating back more than a decade. While serving as head of the Korean Olympic Committee, between 1997 and 2002, he took 810 million won in bribes from South Korean sporting goods companies. Despite his contributions to promoting taekwondo, the judge also noted that Kim had embezzled at least 3.3 billion won in public funds and taken 788 million won in bribes while serving as chairman of international sports organizations. Though Kim faces expulsion from the IOC, his ill health and past contributions to promoting taekwondo were also taken into account. Kim Un-yong was a prominent figure in the world of taekwondo and

The history of Ji Do Kwan

  The roots of Jidokwan can be traced back to Chun Sang Sup, who studied Judo and Karate in Seoul and Japan. After returning to Korea during World War II, he opened a school in Seoul and taught Karate and Judo. Though Chun disappeared around 1950, his first two black belts, Yoon Gwae Byung and Lee Chong Woo, continued to run the school, eventually renaming it Jidokwan. Jidokwan developed a reputation for excellence in sparring, producing highly regarded champions during the 1950s and 1960s. The period of the 1950s and 1960s was crucial for the development of Jidokwan, as Yoon and Lee disagreed on the direction the school should take. Yoon believed in retaining the school's identity and control over its curriculum, standards, and rank testing, while Lee advocated joining the Korea Tae Soo Do Association. This conflict led to the ouster of Yoon Gae Byung as president of Jidokwan in 1967, and Lee Chong Woo became the second president of the organization. Under Lee's leadership, Ji

Taekwondo and Tenets

   Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art and a popular modern combat sport. It is known for its dynamic and powerful kicking techniques, which are often executed at head height. In addition to kicking, Taekwondo incorporates various hand strikes, blocks, and stances. Practitioners of Taekwondo also learn patterns of movement called "forms" or "poomsae," which are sequences of techniques practiced as a routine. Taekwondo emphasizes the development of physical strength, mental discipline, and respect for others. It is also seen as a way to cultivate confidence, self-control, and indomitable spirit. In addition to its applications in self-defense and competition, Taekwondo is commonly practiced as a means of improving overall fitness and well-being. It is a widely recognized Olympic sport and is practiced by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world. The tenets of Taekwondo, which are often recited as part of the training and philosophy of the martial