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Korean Arts: Taekwondo

Training In America?s First Taekowndo School
By Herb Borkland

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace once called me a liar in public when I mentioned I had been an original student, by Jhoon Rhee's personal invitation, at the first taekwondo school in America.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo - Part One
By Eric Madis

In this first article in a series on Taekwondo, Eric Madis delves into the historical record of its origins.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo - Part Two
By Eric Madis

In this second article in a series on Taekwondo, Eric Madis delves into early Korean karate students who when on to found their own Korian versions of the art.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo - Part 3
By Eric Madis

Some Korean karate founders were students of Shudokan founder Toyama Kanken. These included Yun Kwei-byung, founder of the Jidokwan and the Tokyo Kanbukan (where Oyama Masatatsu, So Nei-chu, Richard Kim and Kinjo Hiroshi trained); and Yun Byung-in, founder of the YMCA Kwonbop Bu.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo - Part 4
By Eric Madis

Following the establishment of the first early Korean karate schools other institutes of Korean karate were established from 1953 through 1971, and the leaders of most of these schools were senior students of the first Korean karate schools. . However, there were two early schools that were led by individuals who seemed determined to follow their own paths.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo – Part Five: Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea’s National Sport
By Eric Madis

The end of WW II brought turbulent times for a fledgling new Korean Republic and the various Korean empty hand arts who jockeyed for position and dominance.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo – Part Five (Continued): Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea’s National Sport
By Eric Madis

Beginning in the early 1960s the new military head of the Republic of Korea, General Park Chung-hee, played an important part in the decision to push Korea into elite sports and wanted the karate/taekwondo situation resolved and for Korea to have a national sport.

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