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Who is Choi Hong Hi?

Choi Hong-hi, a South Korean Army General and martial artist, played a crucial role in the history of Taekwondo. However, he remains controversial due to his introduction of Taekwondo in North Korea. Many regard Choi as the "Founder of Taekwon-Do", particularly organizations belonging to the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), the first international federation for Taekwondo, which he founded. However, others, such as World Taekwondo, portray Choi as either unimportant or dishonorable in Taekwondo history. His omission from their versions of Taekwondo history or through explicit statements has led to this controversy. Born on 9 November 1918 in what is now North Korea, Choi claimed that his father sent him to study calligraphy under Han Il-dong, who was "a master of Taekkyeon, the ancient Korean art of foot fighting". However, he later recanted this story and said that he never studied taekkyeon and that it had nothing to contribute to Taekwondo. Choi travele

Chang Moo Kwan

Chang Moo Kwan is a Korean martial arts style that was established by Yoon Byung-in and Lee Nam Suk. In the late 1950s, several kwans were united under the leadership of Choi Hong Hi to form the Korea Taekwondo Association, and a universal Korean martial art, Taekwondo, was created. In 1946, Yoon Byung-in's teacher, Byung In Yoon, established the "YMCA Kwon Bop Bu." Yoon had learned Chinese Kung Fu under a Mongolian instructor in Manchuria. While studying karate at a university in Japan, Yoon became involved in a confrontation with Japanese karate students, using Chuan-fa to defend himself. He then shared his knowledge of Chuan-fa with Kanken Tōyama, who in turn taught Yoon his Shudo-Ryu karate. Yoon then created his own martial art known as Kwon Bop Kong Soo Do, which was influenced by Chinese Kung Fu. Following Yoon's departure during the Korean War, Lee Nam Suk took over and renamed the school to Chang Moo Kwan. In 1955, the kwans unified under the leadership of Ch

Old days Taekwondo full classes (1980s & 1990s)

  Based on the many comments that we get on our social media plat forms, we do notice that thousands of people are missing the old days Taekwondo, including the era training style and also the kyorugi style. We all know that Taekwondo has changed a lot, The training in dojangs is not the same as it was before, even though some schools are sticking to the tradition but they are becoming less and less, because those who are training the old fashioned way are specifically the ones that do not compete in WT events nowadays. The old style training focused more on making strong and powerful fighters, who would use effective techniques in sparring, and we barely see in fancy moves, and we have written an article about a one time use of 540 degree kick in world championships history. Kyorugi is becoming a front leg sparring and almost no fighter start their sparring by a back leg. In other hand, the kicks are softer than before, and head kicks are not causing any knock downs or knock outs, in