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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Self Preservation

Taekwon-Do is not only about self-defense. Martial arts include way of life and self-preservation. Speaking about self-preservation, our closest topic is health which come next the way you consume food and gain energy. Below is a documentary about human engaging in food business mainly animal products.

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and all scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen. Highly recommended!


Thursday, January 17, 2008


Once upon a time in Who-ville, the home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos, the ancient martial art of Taekkyon was developed as a method of protecting the Whos from invaders, including the Whats, a radical group that believed it should rule Who-ville and the world. Over the centuries, the art was refined until it became known as Taekwondo. Who warriors trained in Taekwondo and it became their primary method of hand-to-hand combat. Taekwondo became known as the way of the warrior, and it as well as the warriors were highly respected by all Whos.

Every Who down in Who-ville liked Taekwondo a lot , but the Grinch, greedy and green with a heart "two sizes too small," who lived on snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep, high mountain just north of Who-ville, did not. As he looked down on Who-ville, he grew greener with envy of the success of Taekwondo and he wondered how he could capitalize on its success and make himself even more greenback dollars.

The Grinch saw that the Whos were fascinated by the martial arts; they seemed spellbound by the martial art exolits they were seeing in movies and reading about in magazines. The more the Grinch thought about the success of Taekwondo, the more he thought, "I must control this whole thing!" I have watched it grow for many years now! I MUST take control of Taekwondo! ...But HOW?"

Then he got an idea! An awful idea! THE GRINCH GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA! He noticed that the few civilian Whos that were training in Taekwondo were making lifetime commitments to the art. Recognizing that money could be made from such commitments, the Grinch made plans to capitalize on the situation by stealing control of Taekwondo; however, he needed to do it without the Whos becoming aware of what was happening.

"I know just what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat and he made a many striped black belt. And he chuckled, and clucked, "What a great Grinchy trick! "With this black belt, I'll look just like a Taekwondo grand master!"

The Grinch crept into Who-ville unnoticed, took over a few Taekwondo schools, made himself the supreme grandmaster of Taekwondo, gradually took control of the Taekwondo organizational structure, and moved the organization headquarters to the top of Mount Crumpi. By requiring that each Taekwondo school be registered with Mount Crumpi, he insured that all the schools would have to obey his commands if they wanted to register and certify their student black belts. The Grinch required all the schools to send him a portion of their student fees and he sat back with his faithful, but dim, dog Max and enjoyed all the riches.

Being green, greedy, and egotistical, the Grinch soon wanted even more money. One way to get more money was to increase the enrollment in his Taekwondo schools; but, since Taekwondo was a martial art, it meant that the schools were tough on their students and their rank requirements so high that few students could ever become black belts. The Grinch found that by changing Taekwondo from a martial art to a martial sport that everyone could play the sport, and, by lowering rank requirements until anyone of any age could become a black belt, he could increase student enrollment and greatly increase his coffers.

Then the Grinch realized the potential of the Who children. If he started them young enough, enticed them with easy to attain black belts, and made them indentured instructors, he could open more schools, enroll more students, make more money, and gain more power in the Taekwondo community.

Over time, Taekwondo became know as a children's sport that helped build confidence and character in children without the aggressive behavior and injures of other sports. As the Whos lived in peace and ignorant bliss, the Taekwondo warrior became a relict of the past and was frowned upon.

Everything seemed rosy for the Grinch, but then he found that he had not killed the spirit of Taekwondo after all. As he stared down at Who-ville, the Grinch popped his eyes and shook, for what he saw was a shocking surprise! After all his efforts to change Taekwondo into a sport, there were still a few traditional Taekwondo believers in Who-ville who were teaching the martial art of Taekwondo. Although these traditionalists were a pain in his pocketbook, the Grinch continued to spread his sport throughout the land, even into the Olympics.

Then, on a clear September day, the Whats attacked and killed thousands of the Whos and threatened to kill them all. In fear, the Whos turned to the Taekwondo athletes for help, but regrettably, the athletes only knew how to score points, not kill Whats.

Then someone remembered when there used to be Taekwondo warriors in Whoville. The Whos sought the help of the few remaining traditional Taekwondo warriors who came to their aid and fought the evil Whats. The Taekwondo athletes liked to take some credit for beating back the Whats, but the Whos were not fooled. They once again realized the need for Taekwondo warriors, and they respected and appreciated them.

Now a dream for the future of Who-ville, the Who, and Taekwondo.

After seeing the success of the traditional Taekwondo warriors in their defeat of the Whats, the Grinch stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so? They did it without uniform decorations, fancy patches, or tournaments! He puzzled for hours, until his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he had not thought before! "Maybe Taekwondo doesn't come from a store. Maybe Taekwondo...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

The Grinch realized the error of his ways, and returned his version of Taekwondo to its roots and began to train Taekwondo warriors to help protect the Whos and Who-ville. And what happened then...? Who-ville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

by taekwondo-tutor : Master Chief Hartman


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Retro ITF Terengganu : Classes & Demo

Mr.Kanna performing 5-planks breaking

9-Year-Old demo couple at Kraftangan Terengganu


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Komupsamneda Indonesia ITF

Having great dinner and "durian" with Dr. GM Leong Wai Meng together with Indonesia ITF team. Then dinner again at Mamak Stall (Indian Cuisine).

Pictures sent by Mr. Rico C. Fransz of Indonesia ITF during.

3-step sparring for yellow belt performed by Nasree Najmi of Terengganu and Rico of Indonesia.

"Komupsamneda" means Thank You Very Much.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Last Testament of Choi Hong Hi

I am the man who has the most followers in the world. I am the happiest man who has done everything to do in my life. It is fortunate you have come. Is Mr. Chang Ung here?

Mr. Rhee Ki Ha, it is good that you have come. I am glad that my son and daughters like you most. You probably might know Mr. Chang Ung well. It is time to introduce Mr. Chang Ung proudly in public. Please carry on propaganda that Mr. Chang Ung is the tallest and in the highest position in the ITF.

If only I had been as tall as Mr. Chang Ung I could have had less opponents. However, as my body was so tiny that there were many opponents. Thus all alone I could not but fight against them for so long.
But I have never been worn out for the justice was on my side. I have always worried about a successor to the president. However, my mind is set at ease for there is Mr. Chang Ung.

Mr. Hwang Kwang Sung, your duty is very big and important as a spokesman, and chairman of the Merger Committee. It was my wish to merge the Taekwon-Do into one. Please get on your own duty responsibly.

Mr. Park Jong Soo had immigrated into Canada in 1967. Before that he educated Taekwon-Do in Europe.
In 1972 went to Canada where Mr. Park Jong Soo resided leaving my children behind without informing them. In those days Taekwondo was not widely spread, so that I used to say to crave the words of Taekwon-Do on my coffin. Now Taekwon-Do has developed on a large scale.

Mr. Leong Wai Meng is a man of conscience indeed, He has given great contribution to educating the Taekwondo.
As I thought his finance is in good condition I drew his name out on the stockholders list of the Chang Hun Foundation.

Mr. Hwang Jin is doing well on the way of Mr. Chon Jin Sik. So I appointed him as a member of the Consultative Committee. Please enlarge the Consultative Committee into 9 members. Here I appoint Mr. Jong Jae Hun.

My followers.

Taekwondo never exists without the DPR of Korea.
You should know this. The ITF is an international organization and does it need to argue about ideology? Does the United Nations belong to the Africans because the Secretary General a black man? Please give up this kind of idea. Taekwondo must be Korean centered.

Choi Jung Hwa lied to me at the airport. I was again deceived. You ought to tell the public throughout the internet that I did not forgive Jung Hwa. I forgave him as a father but the Taekwondoists would never forgive hi. Before Jung Hwa apologizes to Taekwondoists the world over, he will never be forgiven. While I am still alive you should send the message to the internet the soonest as possible.

11th June 2002 in Pyongyang (16,30-17,10h), DPR Korea.

The ones who heard the last words of General Choi.

Mr. Rhee Ki Ha
Grand Master and the Vice-President

Mr. Tom MacCallum
Master and the Secretary General

Mr. Leong Wei Meng
Master and the Chairman of the Consultative Committee

Mr. Hwang Kwang Sung
Grand Master, spokesman and special aide

Mr. Park Jong Soo
Grand Master and a member of the Consultative Council

Mr. Hwang Jin
Master and a member of the Consultative Council

Mr. Hwang Bong Yong
Chairman of the Korean TaeKwon-Do Committee

Mr. Jong Jae Hun
Secretary General of the International Martial Art Games Committee

Mr. Rang Bong Man
Secretary General of the Korean TaeKwon-Do Committee

On September 22, 2002, 70 representatives from 46 countries attended a memorial service for General Choi. The solemn and memorable service was held in Pyongyang, North Korea, the birthplace of General Choi. A special Congress of the ITF was also held on September 22, 2002 to uphold the General's last wish to elect Mr. Chang Ung as the new president of the International Taekwondo Federation. In his last words, and before nine officials of the ITF, General Choi named Mr. Chang Ung as the new president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

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Remembering The Coming of Taekwon-Do To Malaysia And Efforts Of Gen.Choi

There are many international Taekwon-Do organizations. The two largest and most influential are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The two organizations have internal problems, including fraud, embezzlement, and power struggles, as well as conflicts with each other. As usual, the ones who suffer most are the students, who only want to learn and practice Taekwon-Do.

In 1965
, Choi retired from the South Korean army as a two-star general (major general) and was appointed as the country's first ambassador to Malaysia, by President Park. (Some claim Choi was not a general because you must be a four-star general be called a general. While it is true that that only a four-star has the rank of general, all generals [1, 2, 3, and 4 star] are commonly referred to as general. When a one-star rear admiral (lower half) is introduced, he or she is referred to as admiral. The same holds true for colonel or lieutenant colonel, commander or lieutenant commander, first lieutenant or second lieutenant, etc. A military person may correctly be referred to, for the rest of their life, by the last military rank at which they honorably served.) Through Choi's efforts, Taekwon-Do spread through
Malaysia and reached national acceptance when, in 1971, the art was demonstrated in the Merdeka Stadium at the request of Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. In 1965, Ambassador Choi was appointed by the Korean government to lead a goodwill mission to West Germany, Italy, Turkey, United-Arab Republic, Malaysia, and Singapore. This trip was significant in that for the first time in Korean history, it declared Taekwon-Do as the national martial ar t of Korea. Although Choi briefly returned to Korea to start an international branch of the KTA, he never gained much political influence in Korea.

On March 22, 1966, Choi formed the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in Seoul, Korea, with the consent of nine countries. The federation established associations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, Turkey, Italy, Arab Republic of Egypt, Korea, and the United States. This was the first time that the headquarters of an international organization had been established in Korea. The ITF was formed as a private organization and was never the international arm of the KTA.

The next few years saw the exponential growth of Taekwon-Do, with Choi, through the ITF, tirelessly traveling the world to teach and expand his art, especially to the youth of the world. While he was working internationally, others were establishing a stronghold in Korea, which led to his loss of influence within Korea.

A goodwill trip (one of many he made to numerous other countries) to North Korea (he was born in 1918 in Hwa Dae, Myong Chun District in what only became North Korea in 1953) by a Taekwon-Do demonstration team in 1980 caused General Choi to fall in disgrace in the eyes of South Koreans. (Although there was controversy over the trip, Choi did nothing illegal or treasonous). Due to the controversy over the trip, Choi, who was 54 years of age at the time,resigned as president of the KTA and, with the unanimous consent of member countries, moved the ITF to Toronto, Canada. (It was his choice to move the Canada and not to the United States. There was nothing to prevent him from moving to the United States.) Since the ITF was a private organization, not a governmental entity, Choi was allowed to take the ITF with him to Canada.

In Canada, Choi felt that he would be wise to teach Taekwon-Do in North Korea and trained the instructors who would do the job. Through North Korea, he felt that Taekwon-Do could spread to other socialist and third world countries. He made up his mind to produce Taekwon-Do instructors in North Korea who were not contaminated by eastern commercialism. In this way, he felt the true Taekwon-Do, philosophy, and techniques could be developed. In addition, he thought that this movement would stimulate and motivate instructors in the free world.

North Korea is a member of the original International Taekwon-Do Federation and South Korea is a member of the World Taekwon-Do Federation, founded 7 years after the ITF was founded. The unification of Taekwon-Do would motivate various groups to work for the unification of peninsula. Taekwon-Do instructors in Korea do not have the same freedom of voice that the overseas instructors do. Therefore, overseas Taekwon-Do instructors will probably play a bigger role and serve as a bridge between South and North Korea. To open the door between the two sides, overseas instructors should visit and attend seminars, demonstrations, and championships of both Federations. Frequent contact between instructors of the two groups would eliminate mistrust. Creating this type of environment would be a very important step for the Reunification of Korea.

With Choi out of the South Korea, rival martial arts academies organized an international rival to the ITF, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The WTF is discussed in the next section.

As evidence of the almost total loss of influence of Choi in Korea, the book Olympic Politics, states that, during the September 30, 1981 vote by the IOC to decide on Seoul for the 1988 Olympics, Kim Un-Yong dealt with the rumor that Choi, then living in Canada, would stage an anti-Seoul demonstration. Kim did not believe the rumor, but he put five Taekwondo instructors on standby in case of trouble; however, nothing happened.

In October 1982, General Choi met with Mr. Csandi, Chairman of the Programming Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Budapest, Hungary, to discuss IOC recognition of the ITF. In April 1984, Choi visited Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee, in Lausanne, to prove to him that the ITF was the only governing body of true Taekwon-Do.

In September 1984 Choi Hong Hi invited key instructors such as Lee Su Hi, Rhee Ki Ha, Park Jung Tae and Choi Jung Hwa to Pyongyang to finalize the publication of his Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do.

A desire to establish a strong location for spreading Taekwon-Do throughout the world, especially in socialist, Third World countries, and politically disadvantaged countries, led the ITF to consider leaving Canada. In December 1984, the Fifth ITF Congress meeting in Vienna unanimously decided to relocate the ITF to Vienna, the capital city of Austria. In 1985, the ITF moved to Vienna and Choi published the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, which documented all Taekwon-Do techniques.

On September 20, 1985, during the administration of Kim iL Sung (North Korea) and General Chun Doo Hwan (South Korea) visitors and art performers of South and North Korea were exchanged simultaneously between the two countries. It was the first time in 40 years since the division of the country that separated families in two Koreas had an opportunity to meet their lost families. An art performance was held at Pyongyang Grand Theatre by the South, and at Seoul National Theater by the North on September 21 and 22.

On June 11, 1986, Choi took the DPRK Taekwon-Do demonstration team to the People's Republic of China. The members of the Korean Taekwon-Do team made a wonderful performance and created a stir in the capital of Beijing, and in the cities of Xian and Jinam. It was Taekwon-Do's first appearance in China and the performance made a deep impression on the people. This visit eventually became the motivation for the Chinese people adopt Taekwon-Do as a martial art.

In 1994, the 9th World Taekwon-Do Championship was held in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. ITF in Malaysia was lead by Master Sabree Salleh (now a GTF Grandmaster). It was regarded the best ITF World Championship ever been organised and number 9 is Choi's favourite. This championship was officiated by former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad and patronised by the current Sultan of Terengganu, who happened to be an exponent of ITF Taekwon-Do.



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