Q. What does Joong Do Kwan mean?
Joong Do Kwan - 중도관 [中道館] - means 'the school of the middle way.' It is the point between predecessors of our art and modern Korean innovations from the mid 1950s and beyond. The name of our school is a nod towards 'Chung Do Kwan' the first of the original kwans.
Q. What do you mean when you call what you do 'traditional'?
It is 'Traditional Taekwondo' insofar as to distinguish it from
the evolution that occurred in the mid 60s factioning Taekwondo into the
ITF and WTF. We use the Chang Hon Taekwondo Pattern set similar to how it was practiced in the mid 1950s
or the pre-sine wave days. Our style has however intermingled with karate practitioners since, and this has meant that we tend be more karate-like than how Taekwondo has evolved since the 1950s. Many people in the martial arts see 'Tradition' as simply tough training; amounting to more pushups or adhering to an intensity of drills that were done 'as they used to be done'. Tradition for us is the core syllabus that we seek to cultivate and preserve. However we believe that the heart of tradition is progressive. No pioneering martial art personality in history seeks to be dated or redundant. Our system needs to be applied and needs to have that immediacy in dealing with adversity. Overly focusing on how a system looks or obsessing over how it was done 30 years ago reduces its usefulness. See My Traditional Taekwondo, The Problem with Hard Style Systems like Karate and Taekwondo and ... and that's found in Traditional Taekwondo? Also see the fantastic article by Hanshi Tony Anessi 'Killing the Art by Preserving It'.
Q. How do you see Joong Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do differing from ITF Taekwondo?
Traditional Taekwondo philosophy is the equal use of both hands and feet. Similar to a traditional Karate school, we value traditional methods of power generation for basic techniques. Philosophically we aim to engage opponents at mid to close range, and this really affects the kicks we choose and the type of combinations you see at our school.
Q. How do you see Joong Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do differing from Karate?
Anytime you have an over-institutionalised training methodology, there are huge benefits of injecting innovation and relaxedness to allow for greater self exploration and adoption of natural movement. While we adhere to Karate's Kihon-Kata-Kumite for some of our classes, two drawbacks of Karate have always been its line drills and the prescribed (read 'contrived') official bunkai or pattern analysis. JDK seeks to break free from such rigidity but continues to value some of Karate's basic fundamentals.
Q. What makes Joong Do Kwan better than Taekwondo or Karate?
You will find neither the spectacular kicks of some Taekwondo schools nor the over-emphasis on crisp competition-oriented kata of some Karate schools. The training program has been developed to take a beginner naturally and systematically from white to black belt, but offers many of the same skills that other good hard style schools offer. We do however encourage a student practitioner to explore Taekwondo from various perspectives, and offer a good range of material in our student manual (on sale below to non-members at a very exorbitant price), syllabus and this blog for continued study.
Q. What is your view on Taekwondo's Sine Wave?
I don't practice the Sine Wave, but that doesn't mean you won't see me compressing my body, or expanding myself upwards if I find myself crouched lower than my opponent; the Sine Wave is after all just a natural motion. In my opinion it's unwise to focus too much on one training methodology to build combat effectiveness. But there are opportunities for practitioners to explore aspects of the Sine Wave for tactical advantage. For more information see Only True Taekwondo Practices the Sine Wave.
Q. Who writes this blog?
Colin Wee started training in 1983, got his first black belt in 1987, started training in American Karate and Aikido in 1991, and started the Hikaru Dojo Martial Arts Academy in Perth mid 2000s. He has trained on three continents and in three styles. Since 2003 however Colin has worked tirelessly to research and promote meaning and applications of Taekwondo's Chang Hon pattern set. See Man of Tradition: Australian Taekwondo Magazine Interview, with additional links on the history of Taekwondo.
Q. What is Colin's official rank?
Colin is ranked to 6th Dan by Molum Combat Arts Association through his affiliation with MLCAA Director Hanshi Tim White since 2003. Colin holds a 3rd Dan from his direct instructor Master Bryan Robbins from American Karate and Taekwondo Organisation.
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