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Bear Way School?
The word Kwan can be translated as school or
house. In the late 1950's/early 1960's several Kwans came together
to standardize ideals and a name for their art, Tae Kwon Do. Some
of the original Kwans were Chung Do Kwan (Blue Wave School), Jidokwan
(Way of Wisdom School), and Moo Duk Kwan (School of Martial Virtue)
etc... Each of these Kwans practiced the same art, but had
different views on training focus, emphasis and methods.
Additionally, the different kwans developed
reputations based on their philosophies, training methods and the feats of their members.
Chung Do Kwan was the largest of the original Kwans. Jidokwan
distinguished itself early on as a prominent kyorugi (sparring school)
and so on.
We practice Tae Kwon Do, Kom Do Kwan™ (Bear Way
School or School of the Bear). The minor snippet of history listed
above, should provide a minimum amount of insight into how the Kwan
concept was used historically and what we hope to do by forming a Kwan. While our roots are from Chung Do
Kwan, ultimately via Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, we believe that we have
sufficiently evolved in our own course to form our own Kwan and
philosophy toward training. Hence our motto, "Traditional Training for Practical
Self-Defense" and our mantra, "Preserve the Past, Embrace the Future."
The Kom Do Kwan lineage
is evolved from orginally from the following line of
Jhoon Rhee -> Allen Steen
-> Skipper Mullens -> Jim Miller/Jack Lococco -> Jason
The Kom Do Kwan roots
extend from the Allen Steen Brand of Chung Do Kwan
colloqually known as "Texas Blood & Guts" Karate which
has since evolved into the ["AKBBA"]
We have not created a new style!
Kom Do Kwan™ is merely group of people that train
with a specific philosophy of how to train, teach and approach to the
practice of the art of Tae Kwon
Do. It can briefly be described as a culmination of choices we
have made with in the larger Tae Kwon Do frame work. What are
those choices and what is your philosophy? One might ask? Read on to
Traditional Tae Kwon Do vs. Sport Tae Kwon Do
The first choice is probably most debated issue in
the Tae Kwon Do community. While no school can truly be totally one side of the
issue or the other. North Austin Tae Kwon Do is definitely skewed towards the
Traditional side of this debate. We practice sweeps, take downs,
eye gouges, groin strikes, we punch to the head and so forth. We
utilize point sparring as the primary venue for free sparring and spend
a lot of time on three step sparring and one step sparring.
Traditional, however, does not mean that we do not embrace new things
or preserve older things that are not of Korean origin. For example, even though we utilize the
Chang Hon forms, we still practice Bassai and Chul-gi (also called Tekki
or Nahanchi). Both of
these forms are Japanese in origin, but originally they were taught in
many Tae Kwon Do schools. In the 1970's many Tae Kwon Do schools sought to remove the
Japanese influence from their Tae Kwon Do curriculum and removed them. As
these forms where taught to me by my instructors, Jack Lococo & Jim
Miller, I teach them to my students. I merely explain that they
are Japanese in origin.
We also attend and host many seminars from other arts such as Tang
Soo Do, Shotokan, Hapkido, Arnis/Escrima etc... We sometimes
review these techniques in class to widen our students views and
experience. When this happens we
merely cite them as being techniques from other arts, so that the students have a
proper understanding of where they come from and how they relate to Tae
Kwon Do. If we are fortunate to think of something new or create a
new exercise, we simply annotate that item as something new that we have
created and incorporate it into our practice, if we deem the new item to be beneficial.
Thus we "Preserve the past and embrace the future."
Our curriculum is based in traditional Tae Kwon D.
While students may
see a variety of techniques, they test on the standard Tae Kwon Do
curriculum listed in our
Belt Test Guide available on this site.
Tuning the Mix
So what is the philosophical mix of Kom Do Kwan™?
While one can break Tae Kwon Do into many parts. At a high level,
we break Tae Kwon Do in five broad categories. They are listed
below in the order of precedence that Kom Do Kwan™ place on each aspect
of the art:
- Basic Techniques
Thus we spend most of our time looking at the
practical application of techniques. Next we focus on forms
preserving their historical meanings and value as well as deriving
applications from the the individual moves in the forms for practical
application. Next we
work on the technical proficiency of individual techniques. Then
we look at applying the technique in ordered sparring practice with in
the constraints of the "rules". Lastly, we test our ability to
apply the techniques in a focused precise manner through breaking.
While all of these concepts are important and
interrelated. This is the order of emphasis that we place on them
as a Kwan.