Japanese Karate ~ Kang Duk Won
Kang Duk Won means ‘House for Espousing Virtue.’
A Korean fellow named Byung In Joon had studied Kung Fu for years. Finally, his family sent him away for advanced schooling.
While at school, he was forced into a fight with several Japanese Karate students, and managed to defeat them all without harming any!
This was an incredible feat, and it wasn’t long before he met the fellow who was teaching Karate. And here’s where it gets interesting.
The Karate Instructor was named Kanken Toyama, and he was not taught by Gichin Funakoshi…he did not teach a Japanese version of Karate. He was Gichin Funakoshi’s classmate! And he taught a more true and original version of Karate.
Toyama and Joon decided to trade martial arts, and it wasn’t long before Joon was the head instructor of Toyama’s Karate class!
Joon eventually went home, and he was instrumental in starting the original Karate Kwans (houses of instruction) in Korea. These kwans would eventually become Taekwondo.
Thus, Byung In Joon was instrumental in passing along original Karate, as studied by the Imperial Palace guards of THREE nations: Okinawa, Japan, and Korea.
Further, he was one fo the original founders of Taekwondo!
Joon is obviously a pivotal person in the development of Karate, and his art is called Kang Duk Won.
The Kang Duk Won is a pure form of Karate which resulted in most of the major Japanese Karate systems. This includes Shotokan, Kyokushin, Isshin Ryu, Shito Ryu, Wado Ryu, and more.
If you want to get to the truth of any of these systems, you need to examine them before they were influenced by the Japanese, and that means you need to examine the forms and techniques of the Kang Duk won.