Question on Hwa Rang Do?

Discussion in 'Korean Martial Arts - General' started by Tensei85, May 29, 2009.

  1. Dirty Dog

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    And to be fair, while most people recognize the early history stories as nonsense driven by the cultural need to distance Korea from occupying Japan after the liberation, there are still those who try to claim ancient roots for pretty much ANY MA developed in modern Korea.
    Happily, the silly histories don't really have any impact one way or the other on the system taught.
     
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    That's not just restricted to Korean arts, either. Heck, I still hear of NGA instructors talking about the centuries of samurai history and battlefield use for Daito-ryu (our primary source art), which is generally accepted not to be accurate.
     
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    Not to mention all the Chinese martial arts claiming a dubious connection to the Shaolin temple. A huge percentage of the history claimed by martial arts across the board is ... unreliable at best.
     
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    Agreed. When some of the folks in NGA were trying to track down some accurate records even of our founder (early 1900's, so not ancient history) and having difficulty, Don Angier of Yanagi-ryu was helping through some of his Daito-ryu connections. When they hit a wall, Mr. Angier basically said, "What does it matter where it came from? Does it work? Good, then keep doing it."
     
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    Yup. Welcome to Asian nationalism.

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    very interesting thread - I always wondered what Hwa Rang Do was like - I remember seeing it in TKD Times and MAI and thinking, 'my god they're the most badass doboks ever' :p
     
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    We do like the doboks.

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