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#217029 - 12/26/05 12:25 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
JCM Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 17
Just to clarify Tang Soo Do is very similar to TKD in many ways. The differances are that TSD is a "traditional art" with focus on philosophy, self improvement, self defense, forms etc. TSD generally does have tourneys and sport sparring but it is of a lower priority while TKD alot of times is at the top. I have trained for a number of years in both and this has been my experience. I have also done some hapkido. IMO in all of the above arts the hand and foot tecniques are essentially the same. Of course these statements are genralizations that will have exceptions to the rule but are my observations.

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#217030 - 12/27/05 07:18 AM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: JCM]
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Just an update for all. I e-mailed Mr Griffin, and he sent back a very nice and helpful response.

The gist of it relates to the common truth in any martial art really, i.e. itís not the art, itís the artist.

He also stated for a more in-depth discussion on Tae Soo Do, the sporting aspect of Hwa Rang Do, it is best to contact the West Coast Hwa Rang Do dojangs.

Just as a further point, I notice quite a few people also talking about Tang Soo Do, which I am happy to hear about. If anyone else wants any further info on this, I also have another post in MA Teaching & Learning relating to Tang Soo Do. I have had some excellent responses there as well. Below is the link:

http://www.fightingarts.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/15813596/an/0/page/0#15813596

Thanks to everyone who has replied in both posts.
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#217031 - 01/06/06 01:46 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
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Just an update:

No response yet from HRD HQ, save and polite acknowledgement. But what with the holidays and all, they are probably just catching up.

This has been posted before, but for anyone who has not yet seen it: http://www.hwarangdo.com/videoclips.htm

Go to the clip entitled "7th Dan Promotion". It shows HRD in action. Please note, the above clip was not choreographed in the slighest way
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#217032 - 01/06/06 04:10 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
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I actually can appreciate this. Sometimes I was expecting Jackie Chan to show up but I have had the opportunity of seeing something like this up close. Even at my level we do something similar with partners but nothing so extravagant. I have not doubt about this guys abilities.

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#217033 - 01/07/06 12:10 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Dereck]
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Have to agree with you there Dereck, the guy certainly has a high skill level.
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#217034 - 01/07/06 01:46 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
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Registered: 04/20/05
Posts: 308
Loc: NC, USA
I would recommend reading Black Belt's "Hwa Rang Do" by Taejoon Lee. He is the son of the founder Dr. Joo Bang Lee. He explains the history of the art.
I too am interested in this art. I was first exposed to it from the books by Michael Echanis (rip.) He has three books that are based on HRD that address knife fighting, stick fighting and unarmed against the knife. I have all three of these books. What impressed me about HWD is that it seems to incorporate a lot of arts into one. It has an Aikido flavor (this is explained in the book) and it incorporates elements of other Korean striking arts as well as chokes, throws, etc. I would like to study the art but I was not able to locate any schools in my area. From what I can tell it would appear to be a well rounded method and would offer the practitioner a life time of study if a suitable instructor was available.

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#217035 - 01/07/06 02:07 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
Intrepidinv1 Offline
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I just watched some of these videos and I have a few comments;

Although the demos were highly choreographed and relied on a well trained partner, the speed, intensity, angles of attacks, counter attacks, methods of attack and defense spell one thing to me, COMBAT EFFECTIVE.

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#217036 - 01/07/06 03:12 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Intrepidinv1]
Prizewriter Offline
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Registered: 10/23/05
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Thanks Intrepid, I will check out the literature.

I understand your frustration and not being able to find somewhere to train. There are very few dojangs located around the world. I think this may be due to the strick control the HRD HQ excercise over there art (such as TM'ing the name Hwa Rang Do, so as to stop an phoney dojangs from opening up)
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#217037 - 01/07/06 03:31 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: Prizewriter]
JCM Offline
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Registered: 12/26/05
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Hey Prize have you recieved any correspondance from the Hwa Rang Do association as of yet? Just curious.

I seen a demo by Chief Master Taejoon Lee and I was very impressed. He is one of the finest if not the finest Martial Artist I have seen. Was a humbaling and great experience.


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#217038 - 01/07/06 04:10 PM Re: Hwa Rang Do [Re: JCM]
Prizewriter Offline
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Registered: 10/23/05
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Quote:

Hey Prize have you recieved any correspondance from the Hwa Rang Do association as of yet? Just curious.

I seen a demo by Chief Master Taejoon Lee and I was very impressed. He is one of the finest if not the finest Martial Artist I have seen. Was a humbaling and great experience.




JCM

Nothing yet! I enrolled on the HRD forum (forgive me Oldman!!!) to ask a few questions about HRD/TSD.

I had an automated e-mail (you know the kind "Thank you for your enquiry...Will look at it...get back to you asap...")

I then recieved a slightly unusual e-mail. Unusual in that I had never been asked such questions before being allowed to join a forum . The e-mail said I would be able to activate myself on the HRD forum when I sent back my response to the following questions:

How did I find out about HRD?

How did I find out about the HRD forum?

Please list your previous martial arts experience.

Now this all seemed harmless enough. I have a strong spam filter on, so I doubt anything non-HRD related will get through on my e-mail. So I sent an e-mail back, answering their questions.

As of yet I have had no response to my last e-mail. But I will keep you all posted.
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