Interesting, but this doesn’t fit with Choi’s account at all. I know you said the rules were not explained, but were there any descriptions of these “fights”?
After each demonstration there was an open invitation/challenge to the public to fight any demonstration team member. Grand Master Kong fought martial artists of all kinds in 127 countries and never lost a fight.
I understand that they may have been translated, but that does not excuse the typos. There is no reason not to decide on a standard usage for names and Romanization. There is also no excuse for not proof reading the text before printing. It’s shoddy work. Not that any of that matters as far as the history of TKD, but it is further evidence that this was made by and for Choi and not by legitimate scholars of history or publishing houses. Which, if that is so, means that none of the “facts” contained within the memoirs were checked or verified by independent researchers.
I think that the memoirs where originally written in korean, so that's why there's many errors in the translation.
Yes. Allegedly the MA he created was superior to karate, but you are correct about his motivation.
So Choi changed karate simply because he wanted a Korean martial art instead of a Japanese one?
That’s the myth that gets propagated, yes. However, I think it is pretty obvious, even in the memoirs, that Choi’s exposure to TK was minimal and when he was very young. Karate was the only art he studied in any depth. So all that stuff about TKD being an improvement over (and being the best of) kung-fu, karate and other MA is pure bunk. It’s a karate derivative. Period. Is it different now? Yes. As different as Goju is from Kyokushin or shotokan. Is it Korean? Sure. In the sense that the changes were made and developed by Koreans. But it is only very loosely based on (“inspired by” would be a better term) any “traditional” Korean MA, if even that.
Do you think the tae kyon he did as a kid was the influence…
Der, is there a reference you can site for this, or a quote from said reference? I’d be interesting in hearing about it.
During the first Taesudo testing, boxing gloves were required, because face punching was de rigour.
This fits with my understanding, which is that TKD was at most “inspired by” older Korean arts, but has no direct connection technique-wise.
While I find very little evidence in the way of a direct co-relation between Taegyeon and TKD, having trained in both, I am willing to allow for a cultural link.
This is an interesting bit of Korean culture that someone like me would otherwise not know about. It’s a piece of the puzzle that fits well. Thanks for contributing.
Even when the sport fell out of practice, the idea of slamming your foot into your opponent's face was what defined the Korean mindset of combative domination.