Greetings to all! Another testing cycle was just completed, with a great test featuring high energy and positive attitudes throughout. Thank you for sharing your intensity and focus with your brothers and sisters not only during the test but also in daily training!
On to the videos …
Michael Jai White Training - Striking with Maximum Power Lesson, 14min 29sec
Michael Jai White has become more famous for his acting but has a legitimate martial arts and sports background. He gives some good punching advice in this video.
(Thanks to Mr. Taggart for this reference)
Rising Up: The Story of Wheelchair Bodybuilder Nick Scott, 13min 54sec
History of accident, suicidal thoughts, losing football future …
“What’s the one thing you gain from losing everything, and its perspective.”
“It wasn’t about if my glass was half empty or half full, I was just grateful that I had a glass.”
“If you just live your life fearless …”
This video kind of turns into an ad for bodybuilding.com but his story is amazing.
12 Signature TACTICS used by Saenchai - The Best Muay Thai Fighter,
Some fighters are among the elite in their fields. Saenchai happens to be one of the best in Muay Thai. Saenchai won the Lumpinee Championship title, which is widely considered the most prestigious title in Muay Thai, in four different weight divisions, while mostly fighting larger opponents. He is considered by many to be the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighter, and is regarded as one of the best fighters of all time.
The relevance of Mu Duk Kwan and Grandmaster Hwang Kee in Taekwondo history, 13min 22sec
This video is mostly about Taekwondo history but mentions our shared history.
A “kwan” is a “school” of martial arts. There were many kwans that started in Korea after WWII.
Grandmaster Hwang Kee (who Grandmaster Shin trained under early in his life) started training in China (most other kwan founders studied in Japan), started Mu Duk Kwan in Korea (School of Martial Virtue) in 1945, called it Hwa Soo Do (way of the flowering hands), trained with Chun Do Kwan (led by Lee Won Kook), incorporated some of those techniques, changed the style name to Tang Soo Do in 1958, then trained with the Soo Bahk Do Association (Ji Do Kwan being a member), and exchanged some forms with them.
He wrote the “Tang Soo Do Textbook” in 1958.
At some point the Korean Taekwondo Assoc (KTA) was set up to try to unify all of the kwans, so that Korea could have one unified national martial art. Both Mu Duk Kwan and Soo Bahk Do declined to enter the Korean Taekwondo Assoc (late 60’s), because Mu Duk Kwan and Chi Do Kwan had no say in the pahl gwe poomse (forms), which would influence the new national standardized martial art known as “Taekwondo”. A short time later the Kukkiwon (National Academy) was set up as the leader of this standard Korean martial art system, now known as “kukki” Taekwondo.
So we, Tang Soo Do, are related to Tae Kwon Do (or Taekwondo), through a shared influence prior to the late 60’s. These influences for Taekwondo also include Richard Chun, who was an early student of Mu Duk Kwan and wrote a good kukki Tae Kwon Do book, and Doug Cook, a student of Richard Chun’s, who wrote a traditional Taekwondo book with large influence.