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    AIMAA & Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

    In another thread that was derailed, Grandmaster Hee Il Cho has been denigrated as both "some TKD fag", and as someone with no "actual fighting ability". Also, it was claimed that he is only known as a "point sparring" champion.

    I maintain that he is a well-respected martial artist. His AIMAA organization endorses full-contact, hard training against fully-resisting opponents, with hand techniques that borrow heavily from boxing. (I've read the he was a competitive boxer at one time.) He teaches hard core Taekwondo with head punches and low kicking. Futhermore, although his organization is based on Taekwondo, takedowns and grappling are trained as an important part of the curriculuum, and are recoginzed as a necessary part of being a complete fighter.

    In my opinion, these values are consistent with the message of Bullshido.

    So, is AIMAA, (and by extension, Grandmaster Cho) the real deal? Or is AIMAA really just impressively packaged Bullshido?

    Discuss. Prove me right or prove me wrong.

    #2
    Right off the bad I see a couple of red flags, so I will dig around more then that.

    This thread needs videos and pics.
    Video of a "Cho's tournament" Is this his? So we can see the hands down style of fighting:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtMgCPyU3Io

    [MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtMgCPyU3Io[/MEDIA]

    Next we find the ever so popular Home Study Program:
    http://www.aimaa.com/homestudyprogram.html
    Grandmaster Hee Il Cho
    Home Study Informative Guide
    And you can get a Black Belt from home http://www.aimaa.com/homestudyprogram.html#section3
    You may submit video performances for testing every two months at the beginning level, every two to four months at the intermediate level, and every four to six months at the advanced level. By following this time guide Black Belt can be achieved within approximately 3 1/2 - 4 years.

    Edited to add; OMG I think I have this Black Belt magazine with him on the cover:
    Last edited by Askari; 12/14/2006 12:44pm, .

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      #3
      From a source of which I'm not allowed to speak of, who is DIRECTLY tied to the man himself. The schools in America are not full contact fighting schools. They do spar, but not full contact. However, the schools outside of America are FULL CONTACT and train for Kickboxing and Muay Thai fighting and as I understand it, MMA.

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        #4
        I have a point for him. He was the "Korean Coach" in the best TKD movie of all time:

        BEST OF THE BEST
        http://imdb.com/name/nm0158633/



        So he truly cant be all bad, even with a home study course.
        Last edited by Askari; 12/14/2006 12:50pm, .

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          #5
          he was in bloodsport 2 i guess...

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            #6
            I personally think Cho is one of the saving graces of TKD. Anybody who would talk about him I invite to visit him in Arizona and say it to his face. He started grappling curriculum with the Gracies long before UFC reared its head. For a man of his age he's in phenominal shape. I have one of his blackbelts training with me and his techniques are really solid so there you go for all it's worth.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Sirc
              From a source of which I'm not allowed to speak of, who is DIRECTLY tied to the man himself. The schools in America are not full contact fighting schools. They do spar, but not full contact. However, the schools outside of America are FULL CONTACT and train for Kickboxing and Muay Thai fighting and as I understand it, MMA.
              And why is that?

              BTW, I've heard grandmaster's daughter is hot, requesting pics.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Lights Out
                And why is that?
                I'm guessing lawsuits and parents wanting their kids not getting damaged.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rokutanda
                  I'm guessing lawsuits and parents wanting their kids not getting damaged.
                  Sucks to be USA, I guess.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by sheltrk
                    In another thread that was derailed, Grandmaster Hee Il Cho has been denigrated as both "some TKD fag", and as someone with no "actual fighting ability".
                    Ha.

                    Originally posted by sheltrk
                    So, is AIMAA, (and by extension, Grandmaster Cho) the real deal?
                    Yes.

                    It is the real Taekwondo.

                    Originally posted by sheltrk
                    Or is AIMAA really just impressively packaged Bullshido?
                    With the possible exception of the video testing program, it is completely un-Bullshido.

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                      #11
                      now aus... how about those pics?

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                        #12
                        I've met one of his students, who couldn't find a school in the bay area that had the level of contact he was looking for. And I watched his class down in LA. Lots of contact and boxing style punches. Not much discipline, and kind of wild, but very tough. Cho was very seriously into boxing and fitness, and had a super hot wife, at least back then. He also fought in kickboxing matches in the US and boxing in Korea. He ( no pun intended) wanted to stick with the boxing, but it was very hard to travel and fight in Korea at the time. At the same time, if you wnat to do point stuff, he was cool with that. Full contact is not for everybody. Not when you go up against qualified people, that is, not some stiffs.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by vinhthekid
                          now aus... how about those pics?
                          Search function.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DerAuslander108
                            Search function.
                            Or $100 my way.

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                              #15
                              I personally think Cho is one of the saving graces of TKD. Anybody who would talk about him I invite to visit him in Arizona and say it to his face.
                              Coming from some Kung Fu fag...PFFFFFT.

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