Master of Arts
- Jul 18, 2015
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I'm aware of the heritage of Korean arts (been through more than a few discussions of rather unlikely claims over the years), however what you're training in is identified as a Korean art, grown separate as you note. Again, if you're interested in a Japanese art, a Japanese identity, a Japanese cultural approach, and a Japanese look… why not train in an actual Japanese art? Or, if you'd rather continue to train and teach your Korean art, why not embrace what that means?
Or nor have a false dichotomy.
Nothing stops a fellow from doing both.
I started in a Shotokan School... and have taken private instruction in it for a very long time under SKA instruction.
As mentioned on other threads I did two separate 9 month intros into Aikido. Neither led to a dan ranking.
But your point is an either or.
Learn calculus or algebra
Teach calculus or algebra
Distinction has a value but I disagree with the dichotomy.
Arts can speak and inform each other and my Shotokan training makes my TSD art better.
I have come to a place of And/Or.
Learn calculus and/or algebra.
The only new curriculum ahead of me in TSD is the 150 step/movement Yang Taichi form. A whole other Art within my Art. I am not ready to do Tai Chi as my full on studies.
The rest of the tsd curriculum is deepening in what I already have in my head. It is seeking to perfect rather than seeking to learn.
My Master did not teach a pure TSD art all by itself. He had us doing shikko knee walking up and down the dojo for hours. And kicking and attacking from a sitting position.
These things... I do as well.
Stone hammer conditioning.
These things my students know because of my shotokon studies, and other styles of Karate training.
However what Katas that I know apart from Hwang Kee's TSD as it was taught to american G.I.s are not taught to my students.
Thus I preserve the curriculum of my traditional art of tsd.
And hand it intact to the next generation.
You should read the article "why I stopped practing my style and you should too" by Jesse Enkamp.
Why I Stopped Practicing My Karate Style. (Maybe YOU Should Too?) | KARATE by Jesse
Karate is like the whole of a carrot cake.
TSD is a part of that cake, but only a small slice.
Shotokan another small slice.
At this point.. I am now looking far back to inform my own art's direction. I accept the whole carrot cake as my style, just like Jesse.
Soon I may dare to create a formal tradition of my own.
I am sure you run into DRAJJ-Hapkido arguments alot.