The thread title might seem self-contradictory, given nationalisms on both sides, but recent mention of this caused me to 'see ghosts', because it's a term I last heard at a place where I practised in the seventies...until I saw it, very recently, in another thread in this KMA subforum.
The teacher, an older gentleman named Mr. Lee (he did not like to be called "master', "grandmaster" or even "sabomnim", just "mister") referred to what we were doing either as "Karate" or as "Korean Karate". When asked why he didn't say "Taekwondo", he would reply that he had his reasons, and didn't elaborate much (I can only recall that this was the very first time I heard the term "watered-down"). To my recollection, he never uttered the term "Tang Soo Do", but I did hear him mention Moo Duk Kwan--but not necessarily in reference to his own Dojang, as he did discuss stylistic comparisons on occasion.
Thinking that he was just doing this because the term "Karate" was more familiar to the masses in those days (and not yet being familiar with the aforementioned nationalisms), I never gave it another thought.
Since then, though, I have wondered: TKD places I've been to don't train the way we did, and the closest I can find is a Goju-based style originated by another Korean, Masutatsu Oyama. Like the "Korean Karate" I did way back when, it stresses lots of hard-conditioning, full-contact sparring, limited protection if any, and far more use of the hands than the feet.
Having googled and found nothing but claims and counterclaims, I'll throw this question out to you MA-history experts: could a full-contact style stressing hands more than feet, called "Korean Karate" (a term no longer used, it seems) be more properly be called "Karate" or "Taekwondo"?
Kansamnida/Arigato in advance.