What is main diff with the KWANS??

Discussion in 'Tae Kwon Do' started by Despoja, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Despoja

    Despoja New Member

    I know there are lot of Tkd styles such as,
    Chung Do Kwan, Moo Duk Kwan, Yun Moo Kwan, Chang Moo Kwan, and Chi Do Kwan, Ji Do Kwan, Song Moo Kwan, and Oh Do Kwan

    But is the main differance with the styles??

    Do they have differant ways of kicking?\punching

    Do they have differant patterns?

    And also what Where does ITF fit in??
    What stlye is ITF, and also WTF
  2. KickChick

    KickChick Valued Member

    The techniques of these kwans are different, each special and unique and so, sets each kwan apart from the others. Your Tae Kwon Do will most likely not be the "same" as mine, unless we originated from the same kwan.

    The “styles” of TKD are designated by their governing body, such as WTF-style, which is overseen by the World Taekwondo Federation, or ITF-style, which is governed by the International Tae Kwon Do Federation. The two main differences among TKD styles are the way sparring is taught and the forms that are taught (for example ITF forms) Blue Cottage/Chang Hon or Tae Guek/Palgae forms (WTF, or the ATF, which uses ITF forms

    TKD practitioners typically separate Tae kwon do styles into two groups,--traditional & Sport/Olympic(which is WTF governed.)
  3. Kwan Jang

    Kwan Jang Valued Member

    -It should also be noted that there are now more schools that are not affiliated with either of these two federations in TKD than are currently members. Funny how poor politics will come back to bite you. It should also be mentioned that Moo Duk Kwan had more of a Chinese and original Korean influence(subak) rather than a Japanese(shotokan) like most of the other kwans. From this kwan you have MDK TKD, MDK Tang Soo Do, and Soo Bahk Do, as well. I don't mean to offend anyone by asking this, but why is it that so many ITF practitioners consider themselves the "more traditional". Yes, I know Gen. Choi coined the term TKD, but he was more of a political figure and only a 2nd dan in shotokan when the kwans were united. Iam glad he had the political clout to get this done and to get TKD spread across the world, and for that we all have a debt to the man. OTOH, if you are talking about trad. Korean systems, many of the innovations made by the WTF that are non-sport related(they still do happen) are re-introduced from trad. Korean systems and not the Japanese that dominate ITF cirriculums. IMO-Being an American, I am not caught up with any deep emotional ties to what is "trad. Korean". However, historically, some branches of Hapkido, soo bahk do, hwarang do, and kuk sool won would have much more of a claim on being traditional Korean arts from that perspective.
  4. KickChick

    KickChick Valued Member

    True, and only because the WTF wanted to dissassociate themselves entirely from any Japanese influences whatsoever and "Koreanize" Tae Kwon do.

    "In 1952, at the height of the Korean War, Republic of Korea President Seung Man Rhee, on his birthday, watched a half-hour demonstration by Song Duk-Ki, Tae Hi Nam, and other Korean martial arts masters. He was particularly impressed with Tae Hi Nam's breaking demonstration (he broke 13 roofing tiles with one strike). The demonstration clearly distinguished Taekwondo from Japanese Karate that had been introduced by the Japanese rulers. The President was so impressed with what he saw that he ordered Korean martial arts be made a part of regular military training. This single act was to have a far-reaching effect on Korean martial arts."

    Also there were 3 different "types" of Tae Kwon do that were developed in Korea (add this to the confusion!!)

    The Shorin school was Okinawan in origin. It was characterized by light, speedy movements that were best suited for smaller, lighter, quicker persons. It was best for speed development.

    The Shorei school was Japanese in origin. It was characterized by slow, forceful movements that were best suited for larger, heavier, slower persons. It was best for muscular development.

    The Chang hon (Blue Cottage, the pseudonym of General Hi) school was characterized by fast and slow, and light and forceful movements used together with extensive footwork. It was best for all around development of all body types.

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