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Gwon Gyokdo


  • Gwon Gyokdo

    Gwon Gyokdo

    Gwon Gyokdo is a hybrid, Korean martial art incorporating traditional Korean martial arts techniques alongside Muay Thai boxing. Still in its infancy in Korea, the no-nonsense, down to earth martial art, that alongside its sporting aspect and ring fighting, contains 27 different self defence techniques which are designed to be practical and include defences against a staff, iron bar and a knife. However, the majority of training includes boxing-type techniques including the lunging knee and elbow strikes taken from Muay Thai, practiced with protective gear a body guard, groin guard and head guard; novices are quickly introduced to full contact sparring.

    Participants who enter competitions will be expected to train without the benefit of protective gear prior to a fight in order to toughen their bodies.
    Unlike other Asian martial arts, this form focuses on ‘wai gong’ or external energy skill. There are no methods of ‘chi’ or ‘ki’ development and students increase physical strength through weight training and drilling of techniques alongside extensive use on the heavy bag for conditioning of hands and feet. Typically, a plank of wood approximately 10 inches in width is wrapped with rope made from rice straw, and students will be encouraged to strike it repetitively to condition the striking tools that they will use in the ring or on the street.

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    The art’s founder, Jung Do Mo, was a longstanding Taekwondo practitioner. However he felt, after witnessing a demonstration match between a traditionalist and a kick boxer, unsettled that his art was not as effective when used in the ring and after a three year study in Thailand of kick boxing he returned to Korea and founded the art. All the usual kicks found in Taekwondo can be found in Gwon Gyokdo alongside the Thai familiar roundhouse shin techniques and boxing methods. Unusually however, open hand techniques are totally removed from the system and not taught, as they are deemed complicated and dangerous with the possibility of broken fingers or disjointed fingers resulting from improper use.

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    Author of this article Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.
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