Please read this as I wrote it. In peace.
I can roll with that. I did state that I would provide videos. I am not a producer so it will take me time to tape, download, reformat for web, and upload. If you have the patience, I have the time to give you proof in a reasonable amount of time. Fair? Better yet, come train with us if it is possible.
Originally Posted by DerAuslander108
Here is some insight into what I teach, what I do, and why I am so staunch on my stance on my TMA, not boasting and not saying "na na na I am better than you are. My instructor in Korea (GM Chang Young-Shil) never once handed us a wooden or plastic knife in class. He handed us real knives (KaBar to be exact) saying, and I quote with the most basic English translation: "You think someone out there (meaning outside the school) will attack you with a wooden knife and be cordial? NO! Then you are already dead. Kill yourself now and don't waste your time training. If you bleed in here, you live out there, if you bleed out there, you die out there." An honest quote. A small cut on your body/hand helps you realize how real it is going to be. I am not talking about gaping wounds in the training. Although it has happened. I once put a fellow student in a 3 day coma because of the intensity of our bokken training. I am not proud of it. I attacked him the way we do at full force, he didn't deflect the attack properly and *WHAM!* I have also been knocked out and injured because I was not paying attention or just because I was a young kid and thought I was invincible and could resist an old man's technique. Wrong. Really wrong. I then understood the seriousness of what I was learning. In contrast to play the devils advocate. You can also get a dislocated knee in soccer. It a physical activity having strong contact with other people moving at optimum speed. Any physical activity can be deadly. I have seen people die on a basketball court, at least on TV. The difference is, martial arts original intent was to break things and kill people. Isn't that true? Only a fool would deny that.
We come from a strong military training background. My instructor started teaching in 1960 (when he started his training I am not sure, he never talked about it). He has been teaching the military in Korea ever since. He and Bong-Soo Han taught together before GM Han came to the USA in (I believe) 1967. GM Chang (my instructor) was in the original Hapkiyoosool school with Ji Han-Jae and others of that caliber. He told me to never change, the traditional arts must stay alive and I promised him. Anyone who says that traditional arts are inferior to the arts of today needs a history lesson. You only have to get one arm cut off by a katana to realize you were too slow on the draw.
I learned directly from GM Chang. Again, NOT saying I am better than anyone else because of it. I had a chance to learn something in a way that most people don't get and I am proud of it. Wouldn't you be? The same way he learned, he taught. He has been in the same school since 1968. An interesting tidbit of info. When he had his grand opening of the school in 1968, Masuda Sensei came from Japan to honor him. Imagine a Japanese master traveling to Korea to honor a Korean instructor. You gotta be good to command that kind of respect. I honestly don't ever remember hearing about any other Korean instructor who was honored by a Japanese master. Koreans and Japanese have never seen eye to eye on much. That's impressive to me.
Give me time (not sure why I should have to prove myself to people who will never set foot in my school). Aside from the site's rating system.