Category: Martial Arts History

The Legend behind the Founder of Shaolin Kung Fu

Some legends say that an Indian Buddhist priest named Bodhidharma (Tamo in Chinese), was the founder of Kung fu. Bodhidharma traveled to China to see the Emperor Wu of Liang (Xiāo Yǎn) sometime in the 527 CE. The Emperor had started a large project of having local Buddhist monks translate Buddhist texts from Sanskrit to…

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Gichin Funakoshi “The Father of Modern Karate”

Today we honor the passing anniversary of one of the world’s greatest martial arts Masters and teachers, Gichin Funakoshi who lived from November 10, 1868 – April 26, 1957. Grandmaster Funakoshi is the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is known as a “father of modern karate”. Following…

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Bokator: Revival of an Ancient Cambodian Martial Art

The story of San Kim Sean, which he is grateful to relay in the shade of his training camp during a scorching Cambodian September, really begins some 800 years ago with the birth of his martial art, bokator. Like most everything here in Siem Reap, where tourists flock to see the Angkor Wat temple complex, the roots…

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Save the date. Saturday March 23rd 5:30AM on KBS2 TV and Tuesday March 26th at 11:40 PM, KBS1 TV. KBS will air the 2007/2011 Goodwill Tour Documentary

Save the date. Saturday March 23rd 5:30AM on KBS2 TV and Tuesday March 26th at 11:40 PM, KBS1 TV. KBS will air the 2007/2011 Goodwill Tour Documentary. My dream is a 3rd Goodwill Tour! 역사적인 북미.남북.Wt&ITF 화합 평화를 미국 태권도가족들의 3.1 정신행사, 다큐를 한다니 지난 28년 고난과 흥분이 기대 됨니다.  My dream is a 3rd…

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The Perseverance of a Warrior

Master Bo Jo (1158-1210CE) “Master Bo Jo was a leading Zen Master during the Koryo Kingdom. Master Bo Jo taught that true learning only came from experience, a person could learn from hearing, seeing or feeling, but this type of learning was not permanent without personal experience. An example Master Bo Jo gave, was that…

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Ever wonder where the Ethical Rules of Taekwondo come from?

Ever wonder where the Ethical Rules of Taekwondo come from? Zen Master Won Kwang(543-640CE) Master Won Kwang was a great monk who was asked to give all the Hwarangdo warriors guidance. Master Won Kwang gave them five important points to follow: 1. Be loyal to your King. 2. Be obedient to your parents. 3. Be…

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