Joong Do Kwan 중도관 [中道館] Tae Kwon Do or 'School of the Middle Way' is based in Perth, Western Australia. We are a small group of martial art practitioners and students who practice Traditional Taekwondo. Our lineage of Taekwondo was exported out of Korea in the mid 1950s and continues to enjoy its proximity to its Karate cousins. Joong Do Kwan uses the Chang Hon set of Taekwondo patterns as our main syllabus. Currently, Joong Do Kwan is headed by Colin Wee (6th Dan). The Traditional Taekwondo Techniques Blog has been a resource he started to help discuss techniques as they occurred in class.

21 Mar 2012

Karate v Taekwondo

I practice Traditional Taekwondo. And it looks like Karate.

Over in this corner, it's Taekwondo
taken from http://www.visiontkd.co.uk/patterns.htm

So when my online buddy Charlie from Bunkai Jutsu came up with a post What's the Difference Between Karate & Tae Kwon Do? (Part 1), I was happy to review it and give him my two cents worth.

I'd agree that Karate and Tae Kwon Do are "related styles". The founder of Taekwondo Gen Choi Hong Hi plus a number of other pioneers were all Korean Karate trained. What I like to think however is that the Karate they practiced in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s was a fairly rigid system focusing on kihon and kata. Early Taekwondo loosened this rigidity up, improving mobility, and introducing the kick as a long range weapon.

Over in that corner, it's Karate
taken from http://www.dynamic-karate.com/karate-kata.html

What I like about Karate is not so much that it "primarily focuses on hand techniques with the legs as backup," I like it because the legs are an alternate weapon to hands. I reckon that a decent Karate practitioner would be devastating when you (or your girlfriends) step within reach or if you lay your hands on any part of his body. The whole body is the weapon!

I think the lesson to learn from both is that there is that need for mobility, and then there's the need for being grounded. If you think of it this way, having a higher stance may be more appropriate if you're further from the target, and it's better to drop your COG when you're closer to your opponent. I would also add that having a high COG allows you to use weapons more in line with modern sparring contests - jabs, crosses, and quick uppercuts. Nothing wrong with those tools! Being grounded however allows you to access more traditional striking techniques. And I would never say that Karate-ka have less efficient kicks - I value the range of powerful short-range basic kicks in combat over any 360 jumping combo.

Please visit his article and then the follow up What's the Difference Between Karate and Taekwondo Part 2 and tell me what you think. And you might want to check out another of my articles The Problem with Hard Styles Systems like Taekwondo and Karate.

Links
1967 Choi Hong Hi meets up with Mas Oyama
Shotokan's Secret with New Material
My Traditional Taekwondo

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3 comments:

Bunkai Jutsu said...

Well done Vaungh for having the strength to pull yourself out of a hell that traps many people for their whole life.
Well done also for having the courage to speak about it openly and publically, which will help others to realise that they are not alone.

A real man does not fight WITH his family, but he will fight FOR them. A real man provides a safe haven for his loved ones to be nurtured, and to grow spiritually and mentally. A man that undermines his own family, is not a real man at all.

supergroup7 said...

Short range versus long range... You've put a bee in my bonnet now, Colin.

Bunkai Jutsu said...

Ooops. Just realised that I put my comments against the wrong post. It was supposed to be against the previous one entitled "Vaughan Jackson takes Martial Arts to Avoid an Abusive Parent". Sorry