Aikido Journal BB – by Rupert Atkinson

Rupert Atkinson————————-
* he visited 2003. he is a expert of aikido & japan martial artist.
(http://aikido-in-korea.com )
Being in Korea I find the Yongsul-gwan and GM Kim Yun-sang quite interesting.
Recently, in the Korean media people are discovering that the Hapkido or Kooksul that they have been doing all these years is not really Korean historically.
The Yongsul-gwan is ineresting as what they do is probably the source of most modern Korean Hapki style martial arts.
They teach exactly as taught by Choi Yong-sul. That’s it. And it is a solid, complete system.
All other modern Korean Hapki arts, although they claim to be 2000 years old etc., stem from Choi Yong-sul.
I am not saying they are no good: Koreans are adept at modifying to suit – the only mistake they make is the 2000 years history saga.
And even that is quite understandable – it is only recently, since a couple of years ago, that Japanese culture has been legally allowed to penetrate South Korea.
In that light, Yongsul-gwan’s continuous 50 year claim to Japanese heritage is all the more convincing.
Yongsul-gwan is tiny in comparison to other Korean groups but they have stuck to their guns and kept training – sticking to their source.

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