Won Kwang-hwa

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Won Kwang-hwa
Hangul 원광화
Revised Romanization Won Gwanghwa
McCune–Reischauer Wŏn Kwanghwa
This is a Korean name; the family name is Won.

Won Kwang-hwa was one of the earliest students of Korean hapkido under the founder of the art Choi Yong-sool and Seo Bok-seob. He was a pioneer of the art opening one of the first schools for the art in Seoul, the Moo Sool Kwan.

Life[edit]

Won Kwang-hwa was born in what is now South Korea.

Accomplishments[edit]

Won Kwang-hwa also served as a personal secretary and body guard to Seo Bok-seob's father, congressman Suh Dong-jin. Having first learned hapkido from Suh he later studied directly from Choi Yong-sool. In 1962, when Kim Moo-hong opened up his Shin Moo-hong dojang in Seoul he became one the instructors there. Shortly thereafter Won opened his own school the Moo Sool Kwan.[1]

Being an older practitioner when he started his training, and having pragmatic reasons for studying the art, Won's Moo Sool Kwon emphasized what he believed constituted practical self-defense techniques. Moo Sool Kwan emphasizes powerful and direct techniques and a greater emphasis on strength in responses rather than ki power. There is also a preference towards whole body throws than wrist centered joint locking throws.[1]

Some of his notable students were Park Lee-hyun, Kimm He-young, Won Hyung-dae

Won Hyung-dae, his son, took over the management of the kwan upon his father's death.

References and Further Reading[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kimm, He-Young. Hapkido (alternately The Hapkido Bible). Andrew Jackson Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1991
  • Kimm, He-Young. Hapkido II. Andrew Jackson Press, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1994.

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