In 1967 Choi Hong Hi meets up with fellow Korean and Karate Master Mas Oyama. By this time, Master Oyama had already opened his own Karate dojo in Tokyo and was already working on expansion plans for what is now known as one of the toughest karate systems ever. The story from what I have read online is that Choi had requested for Master Oyama to return to Korea to help his fellow Koreans, and to invite him to support Taekwondo's establishment as a new martial art. Master Oyama declined politely, and they left on amicable terms - vowing to remain as 'brothers' in the arts.
When you're Mas Oyama. And when you're wearing a cool Republic of Korea Army tracksuit ...
It's not prancing. It's graceful tactical body movement.
Then in the intervening years, if that new Taekwondo would flourish developing its combative style separate to its sports department (read WTF), and co-mingling more with its Karate cousins on a regular basis. What would that Taekwondo look like?
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