Qustions about Choi Hong Hi
I ran across some things about Choi Hong Hi that made me wonder some things about the guy. Almost everyone who writes published materials usually is pushing an agenda. The implications of some of the things written about him are quite serious. So, I now have the following questions:
1. What was his actual rank in the Korean Army?
*He refers to himself as "General", but this is under scrutiny. (see note 2)
*His only command seems to have been an offshore training facility, and he never saw combat. (see note 2)
2. Did he really only advocate non-contact sparring and really think full contact sparring was terrible? (see note 3)
3. Did he have any legitimate rank in any martial art past a 1st dan in Shotokan he recieved while studying in Japan?
*It is well known that some of the titles given to him were HONORARY, including Chungdokwan head (kwan jang), and 4th dan, AND those were publically recinded by Song Duk Sung on 6/15/59 in the Seoul Shinmoon newspaper. (see notes 5 and 6)
*What drove him to proclaim himself the highest ranking martial artist in Korea when he was clearly long behind many others? (see note 4)
4. Did he really know anything about taek kyon?
5. If he thought the "sine wave" motion was really useful, why didn't it lend itself to sparring?
6. Was he really claiming to have invented the ITF forms?
*The forms are modified versions/reorderings of existing Japanese forms. Compare the form presented by Darryl Max Craig in Shihan-Te to Won-Hyo and Do-San.
7. Did he leave Korea and lose his position of power in the martial arts community because the government disfavored him, or because the kwan leaders did? (see note 6)
Note 1 http://www.born2kick.com/view2.htm
Note 2 http://www.chungtongyudo.co.kr/Editorials/TheITF.htm
Note 3 http://butf.com/features/gen_choi/interview.htm
Note 4 http://www.budget.net/~dnolan/history&evolution.htm
Note 5 http://www.beckmartialarts.com/ctkdfaq.html
Note 6 http://www.ildokwan.homestead.com/History.html
(edit 1 - fixed a typo)