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wagnerk
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Joined: 02 Oct 2006
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Location: UK
Styles: TSD, Karate & Kickboxing

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Tang soo do and Shotokan Reply with quote

OneKickWonder wrote:
...According to a Tang soo do book online have, the art is 'uniquely Korean'. But when I ordered a book by Gichin Funakoshi, which was originally written much earlier than the Tang soo do book, I quickly realised they were pretty much one and the same...


I have to say that while there are alot of similarities, there are alot of differences as well... Yes TSD does have alot of it's roots in Shotokan karate (after all Gichin Funakoshi -> Lee Won Kuk -> Hwang Kee) added to that there are only so many ways to punch and kick, but there are differences as well... The use of hips, kicks, stances, movements are more circular, the and the forms (some forms have subtle changes, some are quite different) to name a few... (and of course the language)...

This is just my view based on studying both arts over the years...
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