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#287368 - 09/21/06 05:24 AM Popularity of Taekwondo
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I'll be moving to Japan soon. Anyone know the popularity of Taekwondo in Japan?....preferably the WTF olympic style...thanks
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#287369 - 09/21/06 06:35 AM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo *DELETED* [Re: zapper]
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#287370 - 09/21/06 08:18 AM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: crablord]
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Each faction, ITF or WTF has benefits. I train WTF as well for the sparring, conditioning, and contact. All of these things give me a benefit. If you do not like olympic style TKD, do not do it, but for those of us who find benefits in it, train hard and enjoy.

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#287371 - 09/21/06 09:32 AM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: zapper]
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I can't be for sure but I think it is popular there as well. Quite some many years ago my Instructor competed in Japan for the worlds representing Canada. I can't see it being held there unless it is some what popular.
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#287372 - 09/21/06 09:40 AM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: zapper]
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TKD is the most widely practiced art in the world. I'm sure you will have no problem finding what you want in japan. Good luck and have fun.
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#287373 - 09/21/06 10:38 AM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: zapper]
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It was a dream/goal of the ITF Taekwon-Do Founder to introduce Taekwon-Do to Japan. He did it back in the 80s & it has flourished. Their team has done very well in international & world championships. It was bittersweet for him to see Taekwon-Do practiced in the homeland of the former invaders of his Country.

I also do not think you will have much trouble finding a WTF school either. I am sorry that I don't have more input on that. Good luck.

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#287374 - 10/20/06 01:31 PM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: zapper]
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The WTF is the most widespread TKD organization in the world. I doubt you will have trouble a WTF dojang in any country where TKD is practiced.

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#287375 - 10/20/06 03:55 PM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: zapper]
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Well, here's one club in japan and also a stroy about All Japan TKD Assoc. Both WTF.

http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/~cpp/TKD/japan/kominkan-e.html#phoenix

http://www.wtf.org/site/news/taekwondo.h...=&mode=view

ITFunity, I can imagine that it would be bittersweet for the General, but isn't a bit ironic when his Chang Hon is so influenced by Shotokan learned during his time in Japan?

Funny, as well, that he once approached Mas Oyama about reclassifying Kyokoshin Karate as TKD when Oyama was a Korean who considered himself Japanese and fought for them during WW2.
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#287376 - 10/20/06 04:25 PM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: trevek]
TeK9 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
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What I find funny is that Gen Choi. claims TKD to be completely different from karate. That karate and TKD are nothing alike and have no similarities. That TKD came to him as an inspiration.

To me all this mandid was come up with a name, he did not come up with an art. Practically all the korean arts look alike and are taught in simlar fashion. Hapkido loos like TKD mixed with jujtsu. ITF TKD is very similar to it's predicesor tang soo do and tang soo do is taught almost exactly like shotokan. Kuk sol won and Hwa rang Do look exactly like hapkido. Kyokushin kai has the exact techniques of TKD. All the movements and techniques and training methods in these styles are identical.
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#287377 - 10/20/06 06:02 PM Re: Popularity of Taekwondo [Re: trevek]
ITFunity Offline
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Yes, I have often thought of that myself!

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