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At that time Korea was divided into three separate kingdoms, and each of them developed Soo Bahk or Kwon Bop on their own. The kingdom of Koguryo ruled in the north, Silla in the southeast and Paickche in the southwest. After a long series of wars, Silla emerged victorious over it's neighbours in AD.
The age of Koguryo Dynasty. Buddhism was introduced into the northern kingdom of Koguryo in the fourth century as part of a general Chinese cultural invasion of the Korean peninsula. The buddhist monks were quick to adopt Kwon Bop fighting styles. As in China, the art flourished on temple grounds. The monks saw in Koguryo at the time a turbulent area, infested with bandits and wild beasts.
The monks did a great deal of travelling, and to protect themselves they practised Kwon Bop. They had time to train in the art and did refine many techniques.
Living by themselves in the mountains, they could train quietly and with the intense concentration demanded by Buddhism. There is documentary evidence of the existence of specialised hand and foot fighting even this far back. Ruins of royal tombs built during this period contain murals depicting scenes of unarmed combat practice. In a group of Japanese archaeologists discovered Muyong Chong and Kakchu Chong, two royal tombs dating back to the Koguryo dynasty.
The tombs were located in Tungku, China, in the Tung-hun providence of Manchurin where Koguryo had its capital. The ceiling of the Muyong Chong carried a painting portraying two unarmed men confronting each other. The mural painting of the Kakchu Chong shows two men wrestling. Since the construction of the two tombs mentioned took place between the years and AD. The art was taught not only to the most powerful army at the time, but also to all civilians, like our manners and folk customs, becoming part of public games and fairs. Therefore Moo Duk Kwan decided to wear the same coloured training clothes Toe Bohk as ancient warriors.
Especially, the black belt coat of Toe Bahk was derived from ancient warriors clothing. The age of Silla Dynasty. Approximately 2, years ago in the southern part of the Korean peninsula, there was a small kingdom constantly under invasion and harassment from its two more powerful northern neighbours. To preserve themselves, the young aristocrat of the country formed a young officers' warriors corp, called Hwa Rang Dan.
This was in the reign of Chin Heung, 24th king of the Silla Dynasty. The warriors corps trained themselves by practising mental and physical discipline throughout the years in the wild mountains and along the rugged seashore. They trained and drove themselves unmercifully to prepare themselves for their task; to guide themselves and give purpose to their knighthood. Loyalty to Country. Obedience to parents and elders. Honour friendship. No retreat in battle. In fighting, choose with sense and honour. The Hwa Rang Dan became known for their courage and skill in battle, gaining respect from even their bitterest foes.
They derived strength from their respect for the code enabling them to attain feats of valour that became legendary.
Through their feats, however, they inspired the people of Silla to rise and unite and eventually conquer the other two kingdoms. From the victory of Sille, the Korean peninsula became united for the first time in its history.
During the time of the Hwa Rang Dan, the original primitive art of self defence called Soo Bahk Ki foot and body fighting was popular among the people as well as the military. The people had a high regard for Soo Bahk and through the inspiration of the Hwa Rang Dan, warriors began to train themselves and develop their art. During this Silla dynasty, Soo Bahk Do became combined with different self defence techniques and fused and developed into Tae Dyun in the next kingdom. The vestiges of that age.
Two sculptures assuming postures of early Tang Soo Do stand guard outside a temple, named Sok Kul Am, at Toham mountain in Kyungju, this was the capital of Silla dynasty.
The two sculptures are called Kum Kang Ryuk Sa, and the forms they are demonstrating could be considered the same as those of the Plasek and Sipsu form of today. From this we know that the present method of Korean Fighting, known as Tang Soo Do, traces its lineage back to those early and troubled times.
Also we see, the most important part of this training was to develop a fighting spirit to supplement the rigorous technical training. In AD the Silla kingdom was overthrown and the kingdom of Koryo founded. From Koryo comes the western name Korea. Founded by a warlord, the soldiers of the Koryo dynasty were among the finest the country has ever produced and their martial spirit and bravery has been an inspiration ever since.
The kingdom was strictly militaristic in spirit, a fact necessitated by the need to defend the country against foreign enemies on many occasions. According to an old authoritative history book Koryosa, every may, the king of Koryo held a match for unarmed government posts. Thus the art, having its inception in religious discipline, received royal patronage, and became a permanent segment of national life. The age of Yi dynasty. After years of rule, Koryo dynasty was defeated by Yi Sung Kye, who was the founder of the Yi dynasty. The Yi dynasty was started by him in AD.
Villain Kuan Feng rarely got to showcase his skills, and this movie, along with The Five Superfighters, is a rare treat to his true potential. His staff play here is among the best ever committed to film. I consider Kuan Feng the most underrated performer in kung fu cinema; why he was so underused and wasted in so many films is a real mystery to me. Made when Fu Sheng was still at the height of his physical powers, before the serious injuries a couple years later, after which his kung fu performances were never quite the same for the rest of his career.
About an impulsive youth who cannot stand idly by while a criminal gang wreaks havoc in his town. One of the few movies that showcases the Choy Lee Fut style of kung fu the style I practice , I would have preferred the movie set during the Ching Dynasty instead of the early Chinese Republic, but this still remains the best cinematic treatment of the CLF style.
Though I would have also liked to have seen more to the training sequences. The action is very well-done, and the cowardice of the ordinary townspeople is appropriately frustrating, which makes you root even more for the young hero they vilify.
But it stinks. I enjoyed Stroke of Death. Fun movie. Kuan Feng is definitely underrated. On my top fighters list I have to admit that I completely forgot about him. But he made the most of his small roles in movies like Flag of Iron, Supreme Swordsman and Ten Tigers where he gets his head kicked off. Yeah, Monkey Fist was really bad; I barely got through it sometime back.
I saw Chan Sau-Chung in person at a Chinese martial arts tournament in Sacremento about 12 years ago. He was a guest of honor, and gave a demonstration. Though obviously he was much older than in his film appearances, his real kung fu looks a lot better in person than it does onscreen.
Too bad he never got to play a leading man in at least one film. Back in the day, almost everyone seemed to have their turn at headlining a movie, even Mars.
He was also good in Boxer from the Temple.