Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
JDK Instructors share the passion with ITF friends here in Perth

22 Aug 2008

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Welcome to Colin's Traditional Taekwondo Technique Blog. 

Traditional Taekwondo Techniques was started in April 2007 as a resource available to all hard style martial artists. My aim was to document just one or two techniques as they are practiced within my weekly taekwondo classes held in Perth, Western Australia. Many of the posts are written after or soon after each class, and were opportunities to discuss issues that I may not have covered thoroughly in class.

Armlock and immobilization
Colin applying a takedown and handlock on student (circa 2007) 

Traditional taekwondo to me is the version of Taekwondo that was created in the 1940s to the early 1960s characterised by a strong influence from the hard style Japanese karate. Taekwondo then was an idea to improve on that somewhat rigid system as it was practiced in the 1920s and 1930s, and to apply it for the training of military personnel. In my lineage, traditional taekwondo was brought over to the United States by a South Korean called Jhoon Rhee, who settled in the South West part of the United States in 1956 (see my Australasian Taekwondo Magazine Interview).

Traditional Taekwondo established a strong presence there and was known by several names - Korean Karate, American Karate, and American Taekwondo. I would ultimately be priveleged to learn this American Karate from GM Keith Yates' Southwest Taekwondo Association, now known as the American Karate and Taekwondo Organization. The training I received from the SMU Martial Arts Club was tough, effective, and was transmitted by very knowledgeable and skillful black belt instructors (see This Day in History 1991).

While it has been 13 years since I've left the SMU Martial Arts Club, I have not forgotten the friendship, kinship, and the camaraderie that welcomed this external black belt into their ranks. I also cannot forget that our style has a very compelling story to tell - that we stand in between a rich history but a modern trajectory that has tried to dissociate with that history.

Anyway ... let me thus warmly welcome you to my blog. You may choose to search for articles by keywords found in the labels list I have created on the lower right pane. Otherwise you may choose to start on several articles that showcase this blog. I try to write non-authoritatively and informally, and I invite you to share your thoughts on each topic as you can. I myself have learned so much through my online discussions.

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If you would like to come say hi, please check out our traditional taekwondo facebook group. No, you don't have to practice taekwondo to join us there.

Welcome along for the ride.


Colin Wee 6th Dan
Traditional Taekwondo

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Will said...


I couldn't find an email address - so I am posting on your About us page.

I think that you have a great Taekwondo site. I would love to exchange links with you. My main site is http://www. and my blog is


Gary said...

Hi there,

I've been researching traditional forms of Taekwon-do as I find their focus on the "Art" over the sporting attributes very appealing.

I notice you are based in Perth - I am near Brisbane and close enough to the Gold coast too. My research has led me to find Rhee Taekwon-do. It doesn't appear to be affiliated to ITF or WTF but has many branches and also seems 'traditional'. Anyone know what they're system is like?

Colin Wee said...

Hey Gary, I am not too familiar with their lineage, but from what I understand they do market themselves as a 'traditional' school. I would say more affiliated with ITF than not in terms of technique. But I've not seen them in the flesh.

What research have you been doing?


Will said...

Hi Colin

Thanks for the link! Just added your site to my blog roll -

Keep up the great work.


Gary said...

HI Colin,

thanks for your reply. They hava a link to their Perth based website which had some information on their philosophy etc. The more I look into it, the more it looks like ITF style - but not affiliated. One thing they don't do is sparring - which I actually prefer. They seem to have many branches for an independent school.

Any further insights would be great.


Colin Wee said...

Will - no problem. I'll visit your site when I come back from my vacation. I'm leaving tonight. I've not had a chance to update my blog because I'be been working on Check it out.

Gary - yes, I've visited their website before. There are pockets of taekwondo practitioners who are not affiliated with ITF and WTF organisations. Some have branched off from those and have pursued independant paths. There are of course those that are long forgotten cousins - who trace their lineage to Taekwondo before ITF was formed. I belong to an organisation like this. Is there a specific angle you are taking in your research?