Korean Martial Arts

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Kuk Sool Won

Kuk Sool is a comprehensive martial arts system that is derived from the rich and varied martial arts techniques and traditions that have arisen in Korea through the ages. Kuk Sool is not a sport, nor is it simply another oriental self-defense method. Kuk Sool is a complete martial art that is dedicated to the …

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Taekkyon

Taekkyon

Taekyon, or Taekkyon is a traditional Korean martial art, probably stemming from Subak. It is uncertain when Subak was first practiced in Korea, but it may have existed many centuries ago. The first source mentioning Taekkyon is the book Manmulbo (also Jaemulbo), written around 1790 by Lee, Sung-Ji At the height of its popularity, even …

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Tang Soo Do

Tangsoodo or Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art. Translating the word “Tang Soo Do” is hard: The word “Soo” means “hand”, however the word “Tang” has many meanings such as “Worthiness”, “Skillful”, and “Strong”. Since the name does not translate well today, many people are content with the definition “Way of the …

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Hwa Rang Do

The tradition of the Hwarang combat skills have been passed continuously for 58 generations. These skills began in the ancient Korean kingdom of Silla some 2,000 years ago, where they were used to unify the Korean peninsula for the first time. But as time moved on, these skills were passed secretly (1392-1960) from master to …

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Hapkido

Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do; Hangul: 합기도; Hanja: 合氣道) is a dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art. It is a form of self-defense that employs joint locks, techniques of other martial arts, as well as kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. There is also the use of traditional weapons, including a sword, …

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Yong Sool Choi

Yong Sool Choi

(1904- 1986) Founder of Hapkido. Yong-Sool Choi (1904-1986), born in Chung Buk province in Korea, was one of the most influential people in the development of modern Korean martial arts. His parents died when he was very young, and he was taken to Japan from Korea by a Japanese candy maker when he was 8 …

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Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo (태권도; 跆拳道) is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae (태, 跆) means “to strike or break with foot”; kwon (권, 拳) means “to strike or break with fist”; and do (도, 道) means “way,” “method,” or “art.” Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the art of the foot and fist” or “the art of …

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