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I Don’t Believe In The Kwan System

        The kwan system was done away with in 1955 when Taekwondo formed as one martial art. There were a few political fights, but overall a unified Taekwondo style from the 5 original kwans were formed and eventually absorbed 5 more and thus the system was defunct. Still kwan groups and leaders had their smaller fraternities and clubs which as okay for awhile, but there really is no purpose for them anymore. The Kukkiwon unified Taekwondo into one organization and ranking structure. This was a good thing and now we have a unified system of techniques and ways of doing things to make sure everyone is doing the same martial art. With kwans there is no point to call it Taekwondo only. It would be completely separate styles much like all of the systems of Karate Japan has. Would this be a good thing? That is up for debate. But what is the intensive to recognized belt ranks of other kwan members and claim them the same if they are all different? How wold tournaments work? People would want different rules and have different standards for proper technique. The kwans were a mess and nobody agreed on things originally. The Kukkiwon brought order.

Unfortunately, even the Kukkiwon has it’s serious problems. There is a lot of corruption in the employees and officials that run it. Lots of money laundering schemes, selling of ranks, losing focus on martial arts and allowing Taekwondo to turn into performance art and dancing as well as a beauty contest. Allowing the WTF tournament organization also influence Taekwondo negatively. Taekwondoin who are serious about martial arts and believe in Taekwondo as a holistic martial art that teaches more than discipline, but actual fighting techniques are very annoyed right now. If you have been informed of the happening over the years with the Kukkiwon you would see a lot of anger is burning.

One option is to bring back the kwan system. This would not really even be a system, but systems plural. It would go back to seperated martial arts styles based off of Japanese Karate. What would they do? Keep doing Olympic sparring? Keep doing WTF approved poomsae? Or would they try to bring back the poomsae/hyung of old? Does anybody even remember them all? I doubt it. It would just become Japanese Karate again run by Korean masters which would not really serve a purpose. Otherwise, if all kwans continue to do Kukkiwon poomsae and WTF Olympic sparring what would be the point in being separate kwans?

Honestly from my personal experience the kwan system is not the way to go and the people pushing it are based on facebook groups and internet forums. Most of them act like elitists and entitled people. It is my opinion that kwans group pushers are just a giant circle jerk of people who give each other accolades like gold lapel pins, special patches, special rank certificates and other certificates. Most of them talk trash about the Kukkiwon while still participating in the official Kukkiwon certification courses like the International Master Instructors course or Hanmadang referee courses. If they hate the Kukkiwon so much why do they participate? If the Kukkiwon knows about the desire of the “rise of the kwans” they want so much why even let these people certify in something they hate? It is self defeating. Maybe it is to gain legitimacy with special certificates that make them look important an then they will turn on the Kukkiwon and say, “See? I am a Kukkiwon master and even I hate the Kukkiwon!” The Kukkiwon does not screen people for intentions unfortunately.

Many kwan pushers have turned their kwans into old men’s drinking clubs where they meet in Korea annually or wherever and drink a ton and boast about their alcohol tolerance levels and give each other certificates. A lot of these people, a big amount actually, cannot even fight. How serious are they training? many are very fat as well. I really do not want Taekwondo to go in this direction. If anyone complains, asks specific questions, or makes light hearted jokes they are deemed “disrespectful and unbecoming of a master!” So how DARE you question them!!! Then rumors spread and people try to black list you from the groups. Thankfully the Kukkiwon does not give a damn abut personal opinions and still recognizes ranks of people despite a group who tries to start negative rumors about someone.

Really what needs to be done is a Kukkiwon reformation. Taekwondo has always been plagues with political infighting. I wish it would end. I wish Taekwondo could be one thing and focus on actual martial arts and have less government intervention. It is cool the government of Korea recognizes Taekwondo and the Kukkiwon as special, but they need less South Korean politicians who are overwhelmingly liberal, politically correct and weak who allowed Taekwondo to be watered down and diluted for money. There is no warrior spirit anymore. There hasn’t been for a long time. WHat needs to happen is ONLY 8th-9th dan grandmasters should be allowed to run the Kukkiwon and be in control. No honorary ranks allowed! The president should step down and be replaced with someone of actual martial arts skill who will promote the true spirit of the martial arts. Stop claiming Taekwondo is some world peace nonsense, and just focus on it as a fighting art that honors it’s Korean cultural roots. I am sorry but Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq are using Taekwondo to kill people as seen in some of the ISIS propaganda videos. Taekwondo will not create world peace and North Korea will never become our friends. Goodwill games are political nonsense and do not do anything worthwhile. Stop the nonsense!

Taekwondo needs its’ own Martin Luther. Much like Martin Luther on October 31st 1517, who started the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church to promote Protestantism, Taekwondo (The Kukkiwon) needs someone who will step out and nail their Taekwondo 95 thesis on the front door of the Kukkiwon building. Even though there was a split with Protestantism, Luther did not intend to separate from the Catholic Church but reform it. The political leaders of the Church would not allow it, thus we have separate churches now and rightfully so. Hopefully whoever this Korean Grandmaster Martin Luther will be will be able to keep the Kukkiwon unified, but simply reformed with a reclaimed focus on actual fighting skills, the martial arts, and a holistic style that gives freedom for people. Money from WTF tournaments, Taekwondo dancing demo teams, sexuality exploitation through sexy beauty pageant girls, embezzlement, and dishonesty like selling ranks and more have extremely negatively affected Taekwondo. Nobody takes our art seriously much outside of our circles. Taewondo is always given a bad name all over the world and with the rise of MMA how can Taekwondo stay relevant with the Kukkiwon’s current focus?

I think the kwan system is not going to work and is a bad idea. I think the main people online pushing it act like elitist jerks and pretentious and seem more interested in a social club and less on training serious for martial arts skills, but if the Kukkiwon loses it’s power and everybody goes rogue Taekwondo is going to cease being important. Especially when almost anyone can pass an exam and be labeled a master even if their skill is seriously lacking.

And I know this post is going to give me tons of negative criticism and hate, but I do not live my life to impress people and try my best to spread the truth of things. I am a martial artist and I train for Mudo, not accolades and affirmation from popular elitist snobs who hate me anyway. I know I earned my rank and status and no matter what, that is what matters. Not how man certificates I can collect and gold lapel pins, and special trinkets and how much beer I can drink if I go to Korea.

 

 

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Kido Kwan Featured My Article On General Choi’s Links To North Korea

Geneal Choi’s Communist Sympathies Seen Through ITF

        Kido Kwan, a website about Taekwondo news and topics, and is actually ITF based has featured my article on Gernal Choi’s link to North Korea and communism. This is the article that pissed off Jasmine Choi, the grand daughter of General Choi who lives in Canada (lol). Apparently the ITF world is split up into 12 factions now and people are rejecting the communist ideals and upset about North Korea gaining control of ITF style Taekwon-Do. Kido Kwan seems open mind about Taekwondo and is not rigid or cult-like and even features Kukkiwon topics. Pretty cool. I am honored they thought my article was interesting enough to promote it on their blog. My article is part 2 in their series about North Korea’s link to the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Check out the link to my article on their website below!

Kido Kwan: General Choi’s Communist Sympathies