Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

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

1 Nov 2010


Taekwondo FAQs

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. 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 safeguard Chang Hon Taekwondo Pattern taken from the time period between 1950s to 1960s.

Q. Why do you do persist with 'traditional' training?
It is the most effective and historically proven way to create a progressive, pragmatic, and goal-oriented mindset. No pioneering martial art personality in history seeks to be dated or redundant. Our system is rigorously applied and seeks an immediacy in facing adversity. Overly focusing on how it looks or obsessing how it was done 60 years ago reduces its usefulness. See My Traditional TaekwondoThe 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 modern Taekwondo schools?
Superficially, it is the equal use of both hands and feet. We value traditional methods of power generation for basic techniques. Tactically, we aim to engage opponents at mid to close range, and this really affects the techniques we use and the type of combinations you see at our school.

Q. How do you see Joong Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do differing from Japanese 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 training, two drawbacks of Karate have always been its line drills and the prescribed (read 'contrived') official bunkai or pattern analysis. JDK breaks free from such rigidity.

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. I can make a case for using various parts of the Sine Wave for solid tactical use - but I really can't sell the whole motion. In my opinion however 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 Taekwondo in 1991, and started Joong Do Kwan in Perth in the mid 2000s. Colin 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 Wee 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.

Q. How can I navigate this blog better? 
Try Sitemap to Traditional Taekwondo Techniques and Taekwondo Patterns.

Q. Where else can you connect with us?
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Q. Where are you located?
Joong Do Kwan has been based in Perth, Western Australia since 2000. We have typically operated out of rental facilities; the last venue was St Margaret's in Nedlands, WA. Temporarily, we have moved classes to a private address nearby.

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