YongSulKwan Dojang List(out of Korea)

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YongSulKwan Dojang List(Korea)

[Hapkiyusul HQ]
Contact : Mr. Jerad / yongsulkwan@yahoo.com / +82-41-754-4900

[SEOUL Yeoksam branch]
contact : SHIN HOON / kadosu@hanmail.net / +82-17-253-7454

[ Chongju Yong-am branch]
Contact : Lee Jae Ryong 82-43-294-5807

[Daejeon branch]
Contact Lee Yeon Yoo : 82-11-458-8054

[Chongju Sannam branch]
Contact Yu Joon Bo: 82-10-2975-8271

[Seoul KunDae branch]
Contact Kim Jung Ho: 82-10-3324-0497

[Kongju Baek-in branch]
Contact : Jong Chan Kyu 82-17-344-8583

YongSulKwan Studygroup List

[DAEGU branch]
contact : Gang Chang Mook / +82-10-2513-4462

[BUSAN branch]
contact :  Choi Ki Young +82-18-572-2377

[USA Texas branch]
contact :  Choi Jun Won
USA TX Hapkiyusul studygroup

Korean Connections (Rupert Atkinson)

http://aikido-in-korea.com by Rupert Atkinson

Korean Connections

After World War II many Koreans returned from Japan. One man, Choi Yong-sul, claimed to have learned Daito-ryu directly from Takeda Sokaku, saying that he had been his servant for some thirty years. Although there is no such official evidence in Daito-ryu records (there may be confusion in the records since Koreans had to have Japanese names – other Korean names have been verified in the records), it is evident that he learned something in Japan and, from what I have gleaned from others and seen with my own eyes by watching the few who stick to his original teachings in Korea, what is being taught today in Korea appears to be Japanese in style; it resembles Daito-ryu and, above and beyond that, is an effective aiki art in its own right. What is evident is that Choi had high skill; it may be that Choi learned from Takeda, a student of Takeda, or elsewhere. But he did learn something, that is certain. Choi was, by all accounts, illiterate. The fact that he knew the names of Takeda Sokaku and Ueshiba Morihei itself suggests association in one way or another – such remains to be proven. Anyway, most modern Hapkido has undergone quite radical change since its early beginnings in the 1950s, mostly due to the addition and incoproration of kicking and more modern weapon techniques.

Choi Yong-sul was successful in passing on his art, which at various times had names such as Kido, Yusool, Yawara … but it was his students who changed the name to Hapkido, which uses the same Chinese characters as Aikido (apparently against Choi’s advice as he knew of the existence of Aikido in Japan). The addition of weapons and high kicks combined with movie fame and political connections ensured its growth and success. The twist is that many of the younger modern Hapkido teachers do not know their own Hapkido history; Choi Yong-sul has been erased and they assert that the art they do has existed in Korea for eons (perhaps an effort to erase Japanese links). There are, however, a few people still practicing exactly what Choi Yong-sul taught and due to the Internet – more are finding out and becoming interested. Another character in the tale is Jang In-mok. He also studied Daito-ryu in Japan (1920s-30s) and there is verifiable proof in the form of certificates and other records but he was not so successful at creating a large school and as such, few know of him and fewer still remain who follow his teachings. What I myself have come to realise is that Choi Yong-sul must have had great skill – all modern Hapkido can be sourced directly to him in much the same way that all modern Aikido, no matter what the school, stems from Ueshiba. The Jang In-mok line needs more research.

Kim Yun-sang is the present Doju-nim of Yongsul-gwan based in Geumsan, South Korea. He studied directly under Choi Yong-sul for the final thirteen years of his life and teaches Choi’s original art, Hapki Yusul , as he learned it, without modification. They do not have high kicks or weapons. This school’s techniques appear Japanese in nature, and have been verified as having their roots in Daito-ryu by a visiting Japanese Daito-ryu senior student, Mr M. Fukuoka, who wrote such in an article for the Japanese martial arts magazine Hiden.

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.

a short article of Fukuoka Masami

non-korean martial artists visited Young Sul Kwan, sometime.
some messages of visitors at Aikido Journal Bulletin Board.
(http://www.aikidojournal.com)Fukuoka Masami ———————-
* he who was sub-master of Daitoryu Shesinkai visited at 2000 from japan to korea.
So nothing but go to Kumsan it remained.
GM Kim Yun-sang showed me his techniques.
1)It was special style I never seen.
2)Exactly it had DR characteristic in the stem.
3)He had high skill. It cann’t be denial.
4)That includes some other techniques of DR.(still unideinfied,probably Youshin-ryu stream)

It made me confused.
After that I talked with GM Kim Youn-Sang. He asked me what’s the meaning of some sentence he had memorised.
He said GM Choi Young-Sul tought as that, but he couldn’t understand EVEN very easy Japanese.
GM Choi Young Sul was not good at speaking Korean.
GM Choi Young Sul had big trouble in the communication with his students. So many couldn’t understand Japanese.
And that was just secret know-how of DR. It was same as what Takeda Tokimuse Souke said.

3rd Doju – Kim Yun Sang

He was born 1934. In 1960 Kim Yun Sang Dojunim started Hapkido and continued until 5th Dan. However at this stage he found that he wasn’t learning any more techniques. He had heard about Choi Yong Sul so he went to the Hapkido headquarters to inquire about Choi. He was told, untruthfully, that Choi was dead.Kim Yun Sang Dojunim could not believe this. He knew that he came from Taegu so without any idea where Choi could be found he went in search of Choi. He drove around in a taxi for a whole day and finally found Choi Yong Sul.
When Kim arrived at Choi Yong Sul’s Dojang he was asked to describe what training experience he had. He replied confidently that he had a 5th Dan in Hapkido. So Choi told him to put on his uniform and try what he new. Choi told him to try with a high school student who was there. He was not able to move Choi’s young student.Choi told him to give him his black belt and than made him wear a white belt. Kim Yun Sang said to Choi that he would train with a humble heart, this is when he started learning from Choi.From then until Choi’s death in 1986, he would go to Taegu for one month and then back to Geumsan for one month and learn directly from Choi.
While Choi was living in Taegu he would come up to Geumsan now and then for evaluations or demonstrations. During his visit he would teach the Yong Sul Kwon students directly. He also let them take a lot of pictures.In 1984 Choi recognized Kim Yun Sang’s level and gave him 9th Dan. From when Choi died he realized the meaning of what he had accomplished: he had learned an extreme amount of techniques and had to practice until the day he died.Even though he is an old man he still teaches Hapkido every day.
If you ask what the reason is for this he will say it because Choi dying wish was for Kim to follow the lonely path of the martial artist until the day he died.Although Kim Yun Sang has been training in Gumsan, Choi’s family has been in constant contact and have known how dedicated Kim Yun Sang has been to preserving Choi’s art. On April 17th 2002 Kim Yun Sang received the status as 3rd Doju from Choi’s family.Although Kim Yun Sang is the 3rd Doju he doesn’t see himself as like Choi. His simple dream is to show Choi’s techniques. Even today he is letting people to grab his wrist and still trains every day.
※ Another photo data (click to bigsize photo)
a 9th degree certificate of
DN Kim Yun Sang
master certificate of Young Sul Kwan
3rd DJN certificate & ceramony
a teaching of
DN Kim Yun Sang