Master Black Belt
- Apr 19, 2011
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I believe the story behind tukong musul is that some captured North Korean soldiers and tested their hand to hand combat ability. Hapkido, Judo, Taekwondo trained people went up against them, and the result of these experiments was the creation of tukong musul. I think.
I just asked my Taekkyon instructor about Tukongmusul and he said the same thing. He also said it is only practiced by some special units of the military in addition to Taekwondo. He said all military personnel take at least some Taekwondo, especially in basic. In basic they don't wear a dobok, but the training with kicking and punching just like they do running, shooting, climbing, etc. It's simply part of basic training. 1 year military personnel does not have to get 1st Dan in Taekwondo, 2 years or more does, unless you already have Kukkiwon Dan.
He said that Tukongmusul was designed for intense "crazy" training, like running and diving high in the air and landing on your chest, breaking objects with your head, throwing knives at the trainees, etc. It was their intention to create something that seemed more extreme than their North Korean counter parts. Foreigners don't practice it. But now there are several off shot organizations market their brand of Tukongmusul, but it is not like the original, it is packaged for foreigners.
That said, Taekkyon is offered in only one place in the Korean Military, it's Korea's equivalent of USA's West Point, called "Yuk-kun Sakwan Hak Kyo", these Cadet's learn Taekkyon in addition to Taekwondo.