Kim Bok Man

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Kim Bok Man (born December 3, 1934 in Korea), 11th dan, is an early pioneer of Taekwondo in the 1950s and 1960s in South East Asia, particularly Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He started martial arts training in the Korean art of Taekyun in 1941 at the age of 7. While he was a master sergeant in the Korean army, he was called to Malaysia by General Choi Hong Hi, Korea's ambassador at the time, to teach taekwondo to members of the government party in Malaysia[1] and subsequently to develop Taekwondo, particularly some of the forms created by General Choi, and another martial art called Chun Kuhn Taekwondo.[2][3]

Ch'ang Hon Patterns by Kim Bok Man[edit]

Bok Man Kim and Jae Lim Woo helped General Choi develop 15 tuls, or patterns, between 1962 and 1964 while Gen. Choi served as the Korean Ambassador to Malaysia. In no particular order, these tuls are:[4] Chon-Ji, Dan-Gun, Do-San, Won-Hyo, Yul-Gok, Joong-Gun, Toi-Gye, Kwang-Gae, Po-Eun, Choon-Jang, Ko-Dang, Yoo-Sin, Choi-Yong, Se-Jong, and Tong-Il. In addition, Bok Man Kim has said that he additionally had some but considerably less input on five additional tuls – Hwa-Rang, Eui-Am, Se-Jong, Chung-Mu and Gye-Baek – bringing the total to 20.[5] The only Ch'ang Hon patterns that Bok Man Kim did not have any input or influence are Juche, Sam-Il, Yeon-Gae, Eul-Ji, Mun-Mu and Seo-San.[6]

Books by Kim Bok Man[edit]

Kim Bok-Man is the author of several books on martial arts.

Practical Taekwon-Do: Weapon Techniques. 1979: Sunlight Publishing..

Chun Kuhn Do: The Complete Wellness Art. 2002: World Chun Kuhn Do Federation. ISBN 9780971788503.

Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons. 2012: YMAA Publication Center. ISBN 978-1594392276. Taekwondo: Defense Against Weapons was selected as a Best Books Award Finalist by USA Book News in 2012.[7] This book reprints Practical Taekwon-Do: Weapon Techniques from 1979 with small changes in layout.

Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015). 2015: Moosul Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0996264000. "Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015)" was selected as a Best Book Award Finalist by USA Book News in June 2015, a Finalist in the International Book Awards in May 2016, and a Winner in the 2016 Beverly Hills International Book Awards[8][9]

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See also[edit]

Taekwondo in the Philippines

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choi, Hong Hi (2000). Taekwon-Do and I (Volume 2). ITF. p. 35. ISBN 1897307551. 
  2. ^ "Who is Bok Man Kim". World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Anslow, Stuart (2013). From Creation to Unification: The Complete Histories Behind the Ch'ang Hon (ITF) Patterns. Republic of Ireland: Check Point Press. ISBN 978-1-906628-55-0. 
  4. ^ Anslow, Stuart (2013). From Creation to Unification: The Histories Behind the Ch'ang Hon Patterns. Republic of Ireland: Check Point Press. ISBN 978-1-906628-55-0. 
  5. ^ Unpublished interview with Mike Swope, November 21, 2014
  6. ^ Unpublished interview with Mike Swope, November 21, 2014
  7. ^ "2012 Best Book Awards". USA Book News. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards". USA Book News. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "4th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards Winners & Finalists". Beverly Hills Book Awards. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "2016 International Book Awards Sponsored by Bookvana - Complete Listing". Retrieved 3 August 2016.