Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

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


Joong Do Kwan Taekwondo

Joong Do Kwan Taekwondo or School of the Middle Way is based in Perth, Western Australia, and follows a lineage brought out of Korean by GM Jhoon Rhee and continued today by GM Keith Yates. Established in 2000, JDK is a small school headed by Colin Wee.

Colin Wee poses with GM Keith Yates, head of American Karate and Taekwondo Organization, after training at Sensei Mike Proctor's Renbudo Dojo in Dallas, Texas. Colin Wee was trained primarily by AKATO instructors, and seeks to promote and preserve the lineage of Taekwondo as handed through AKATO by GM Jhoon Rhee.

Since its establishment in 2000, Joong Do Kwan has pursued traditional training methods in the hope to understand its system of Taekwondo and the collection of Taekwondo Hyung that forms its legacy. Hyung (written as 型) is a character made of radicals for 'opening' and 'earth', together symbolising an opening in the earth or a 'mold' which is used to form the practitioner. Some of the Taekwondo Hyung we practice link us directly to Okinawa in the 18th century.

The continued study of Taekwondo Hyung by Joong Do Kwan involves exploration and innovation - reaching both backward in time to Okinawan and Chinese arts, and forward for modern developments in sport science. This is all to curate a system that represents a distinct historical snapshot of Traditional Taekwondo, and to establish its relevancy for the 21st century.

Colin Wee, Sensei Bryan Robbins of SMU Martial Arts Club, and Erica Bollon relax after an intense yoga class. Mr Robbins is GM Keith Yates' student, and is Colin's Taekwondo instructor. Mr Robbins was also instrumental in the sharing of Aikido and Aikijujutsu principles. Erica Bollon is a personal friend of Colin's and also an instructor of Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu.

For example, in the video of our training session featured on Why Karate Training is Not Good, Sandy and I are working on an entry and then move to perform a leg takedown - which we then assume might fail. The follow up is unscripted, out-of-sequence, but complements the form we are working on. This is making a typically 'passive' sequence of techniques into a dynamic and living system which confirms its value to us.

We hope in this way to continue to provide the most contemporary discussions of the best of Traditional Taekwondo well into the 21st century.

The Traditional Taekwondo Techniques blog

Started in April 2007, the original aim of this blog, then called 'Traditional Taekwondo Techniques,' was to document one or two techniques practiced within our weekly classes held in Perth, Western Australia. As such, many posts have been written after or soon after each class, and were used as an opportunity to highlight issues that could not have been better covered due to time constraints within the class.

Sensei Mike Proctor 10th Dan, is the Karate Director for AKATO and Dojocho of Renbudo Dojo. Mr Proctor is Colin's Karate instructor. Photo taken 2006.

As you can see, those old posts that are still on this blog are of varying quality. However, Traditional Taekwondo Techniques Blog has since amassed a respectable amount of information on Taekwondo Techniques and other related martial arts content, and attracts a significant amount of online traffic worldwide. Such was one of my primary aims, to make Traditional Taekwondo 'accessible' to other practitioners and whoever else may be interested. The posts are there to be used as a reference point for discussion and sharing - so please be kind, many of the posts are written quickly and are not intended to present a complete study.

In addition to those initial weekly blog posts, the blog has hosted the Anti-bully Blogging Carnival on behalf of several international martial art bloggers and authors, and features an Australasian Taekwondo Magazine interview July 2008 'Man of Tradition' where Colin talks about his journey into Traditional Taekwondo. Colin has also written for Totally Taekwondo featuring Choi: The Beginning, a historical fiction series on the beginnings of Taekwondo, amongst other articles.

Through the year, to complement regular martial arts training, Colin organises workshops and seminars and invites cross-training with other stylists (see Smash with Your Foot and IAOMAS Masters).

Joong Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do Inc. and Colin Wee are proudly affiliated with American Karate and Taekwondo Orgnization, International Alliance of Martial Arts Schools, Molum Combat Arts Association, and The Study of Taekwondo 태권도의 공부 FaceBook Group.

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