Originally Posted by Tukkong
Yup. That's true. But there are many versions I have seen, Tuek Gong, TuekKong, Tukkong, TUKONG ( made that one up myself), Tukgong and Took Gong. There are almost as mamy different "styles" and "versions" and "histories or origin" as there are names of the phonetics.GM Lim is generally regarded as the founder of Tukkong/Teukgong/Tuk Gong.... Teuk-gong Moo Sul Association for a while.
In Korea, I heard many different stories of who was the founder and the history or origin. It is really amazing how many men founded this thing that I am a 6th Dan in and have trained for over 27 years. But from all my trips and time in Korea and all the Koreans in the SF I know and have met eye-eye, I cannot give you the exact details of who, only how it was created. The President of Korea ordered its creation after either seeing or speaking to someone either in the military or on their security detail (I have heard many variations on both versions and the names of the men change ina ll versions). Once the order went down, time and funding were allocated for certain Generals to make it happen. They then grabbed some knowledgeable military personnel, who actually put the techniques together. Those techniques were then presented to the upper ups that later made it required training in the Korean SF unit called Teuk Gong. So it became the martial arts of the Tueg Kong units and the techniques started to be called Teug Gong Moo Sul. The name was shortened to TUKONG or Tukkong or Tukgong, etc... Therefore, Teukgong is virtually identical to Hapkido (in Korea, Kuk Sul Won is viewed as a school of Hapkido).
In the Korean military system, NOTHING gets done without approval form the top. And no money or radical changes are approved without Presidential approval adn then political approval. So to change from TKD and Hapkido to something more radical, required executive directive and approval. But I am guessing some poor schmuck who was a captian or major with martial arts background, who is NEVER mentioned in ANY version, gave his idea and report to his superior officer, who saw the merits. That officer, took the idea to the General or Head of Security, who had NOT thought of this idea until just then. Then it was presented to the President by the general or Head of Security and approved by him. Then the orders went out to get it done and it was. And that lowly captian or major is never mentioned and all credit is taken by anyone else that might have had the opportunity to say, they did it or they made it happen or they organized it or they made the moves of some parts.
How true. Tuek Gong in Korea is usually Hapkido or Kuk Suk Won combined)Anyway, the style your friend is most likely training in, will be very similar to Hapkido. He will learn the same kicks, strikes, throws, wrist locks, etc as any Hapkido person. There are also a number of forms. For blackbelt, he will also learn a knife form.
In my school in Virginia, I taught Tukong with ground fighting. I went through the 7 distances of a fight:
5ft.+ = Weapons range - Too far away for bodily contact
4ft. = Kick Range
3 ft. = Punch Range
2 ft. = Elbow and Knee range
1 ft. = Grappling and locks range
0 ft. Body to Body = Throwing range
Kneeling or Ground fighting.
And my students learned weapons from Glocks, M16, AK47, Sniper Rifles, to throwing stars and knives as well as staff, street weapons, chucks, sword, rope/chain, and archery. They had to know how to defend against these weapons and how to attack with them as well. They learned survival training in snow, water, moutains and desert.
They also learned muscle functions/development, nutrition, Ki breathing, military strategy and tactics along with mediation and philosophy. It took them from zero knowledge to the highest skill levels and training. I did not accept many students and turned away almost 80% of all applicants who wanted to train. Search this site for TUKONG and you will see more.
So in different schools you will learn different information.