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Hwa Rang Do

During Korea’s Three Kingdoms period, the Chinese Tang dynasty-backed Silla kingdom defeated the Japanese-backed Paechta kingdom. After the Silla defeated the Paechta, they honored the Tang emperor by creating tangsu martial arts. Tangsu was taught to an elite vanguard of aristocratic child soldiers who were educated in art, academia and martial arts. They became known as the Hwarang (Flowering Knights). The Hwarang became obsolete during Korea’s Yi period.

In 1942, Korean brothers Joo Bang Lee and Joo Sang Lee learned a variety of martial arts from a monk named Suahm Dosa. After their time with Suahm Dosa, the two brothers learned kung fu, karate and jujutsu. After piecing all the martial arts together and purporting that many of the movements were similar to the Hwarang warriors’ techniques, Joo Bang Lee named the art hwa rang do (way of the flowering knights) in honor of the Hwarang.

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  1. Korean Martial Arts Video: Behind the Scenes of Hwa Rang Do Grandmaster Taejoon Lee’s Cover Shoot for Black Belt Magazine

    Korean Martial Arts Video: Behind the Scenes of Hwa Rang Do Grandmaster Taejoon Lee’s Cover Shoot for Black Belt Magazine

    Go behind the scenes of the upcoming August/September 2014 issue of Black Belt and watch hwa rang do grandmaster Taejoon Lee demonstrate an array of impressive moves!
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  2. Hwa Rang Do Weapons: Taejoon Lee and the Korean Martial Art’s New Spin on Traditional Sword and Stick Fighting (Part 2)

    Hwa Rang Do Weapons: Taejoon Lee and the Korean Martial Art’s New Spin on Traditional Sword and Stick Fighting (Part 2)

    Taejoon Lee concludes his discussion of hwa rang do’s sword-fighting modifications which led to the terms “gumtoogi” (sword combat) and “bongtoogi” (stick combat). As a bonus, he demonstrates a technique using double short swords!
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  3. Hwa Rang Do Weapons: Taejoon Lee and the Korean Martial Art’s New Spin on Traditional Sword and Stick Fighting (Part 1)

    Hwa Rang Do Weapons: Taejoon Lee and the Korean Martial Art’s New Spin on Traditional Sword and Stick Fighting (Part 1)

    Grandmaster Lee’s task at hand: modernize hwa rang do’s sword method for more modern appeal while preserving expression, uniqueness and safety. No easy task, surely — but Lee is no ordinary martial artist.
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  4. Korean Martial Arts Videos: Hwa Rang Do Grandmaster Taejoon Lee Demonstrates Two Visually Impressive Takedowns!

    Korean Martial Arts Videos: Hwa Rang Do Grandmaster Taejoon Lee Demonstrates Two Visually Impressive Takedowns!

    Grandmaster Taejoon Lee, son of Dr. Joo Bang Lee, demonstrates two stunt-like takedowns in these exclusive videos from the Black Belt magazine video vaults: a spinning leg-scissor takedown and a powerful leg-grab counter, both with effective submissions!
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  5. Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Almost every day at Black Belt, we’re asked the same question: “What’s the best martial art for self-defense?” To find out the answer, we asked Dr. Mark Cheng, an expert in Chinese medicine and martial arts.

    “I chose the following arts because of my personal experience with them,” Dr. Mark Cheng
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  6. Taejoon Lee: Hwa Rang Do Sword-Fighting Demo

    Taejoon Lee: Hwa Rang Do Sword-Fighting Demo

    From July 30 to August 7, 2010, the World Hwa Rang Do Association held its 50th-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. It included black-sash testing; a tournament that attracted practitioners from as far away as Italy; and lectures by Dr. Joo Bang Lee, the art’s founder, and Taejoon Lee, the art’s
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  7. Hwa Rang Do: The Untold Story (DOCUMENTARY DVD)

    Hwa Rang Do: The Untold Story (DOCUMENTARY DVD)

    In 2010, the World Hwa Rang Do Association published a DVD documentary detailing the genesis and evolution of the Korean martial art of hwa rang do to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the art and the organization. Watch the untold story of hwa rang do founder Dr. Joo Bang
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  8. Hwa Rang Do Founder Joo Bang Lee on the History of Korean Martial Arts

    Hwa Rang Do Founder Joo Bang Lee on the History of Korean Martial Arts

    Korean martial arts history has never been a simple matter. Many of its twists and turns resulted from the painful Japanese occupation that lasted from 1910 to 1945, but others stemmed from matters as mundane as the Korean-English language barrier. Meanwhile, practitioners and scholars have argued, struggled and fought about
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