Cross-Training in Kuk Sool Won and Tae Kwondo

Discussion in 'Korean Martial Arts - General' started by Jedmus, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. Tony Dismukes

    Tony Dismukes Senior Master

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    From my understanding off it from my instructor, They want to try and prevent Kuk Sool from being watered down with other arts. Kuk Sool was passed down generationally, and In Hyuk Suh, the grandmaster, is the first to teach it largely outside of the family. He doesn't want too many other martial arts to look like Kuk Sool and vice versa.
     
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    I can understand one's belief in the art one teaches, and that it contains good techniques. But I have seen moves and techniques that I thought were good enough to learn. That whether or not they may be techniques taught at higher belts in Hapkido. A good technique is a good technique.

    A good technique does not water down other arts, including my Hapkido, unless it strongly contradicts a specific application of techniques in that art. I think that unlikely in effective MA, but it might be possible.

    If my teacher were not to wish to teach that, so be it. It would be his decision for himself and his school. I would probably wish to learn it anyway, and just wouldn't flaunt it in my Hapkido classes.

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    I run into this with my martial art as well and I have heard this rational from different people in our community over the years. I also know that every one of them eventually quit because their fervor eventually dies out. For those of us us who stick around, we understand the need for distinctiveness in what we do. We also know that the reasons we train can be different then why others train, our attitudes towards what we do changes over time, and you can tip your hat towards quality techniques provided by other systems.

    The thing with the passing down generationally is that it ends up being a game of phone tag. Every instructor will give you, not what they were taught, but their current understanding of what they have. That can be either be really good or really bad, but they might be required to pass on the information regardless. There is also the attitude that a particular system is promoting in regards to their system. When you mix systems, you mix attitudes and values. That is fine if everyone agrees on what they are, but when they do not, it causes issues. All you need to do is look at all the debates between traditional martial artist and the MMA community to get a feel for that one.
     

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