About Tongcheon Jeolkwondo and its History
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo was born during the turbulent times of 1980s by a collection of experienced Martial Artists. It was founded on the principles that rise from demonstrating the trial and errors that are experienced during the course of learning a Martial Arts Technique. It has an excellent combination of strong emphasis on traditional methods with a mix of modern fit to suit students around the world.
The founder named this Martial Art Tong Cheon Jeolkwondo and a patent was registered in 2005. It is has been successfully accepted into a fully recognized martial art in the Department of Culture and Sports. It has established a Headquarter in Kangwondo Region and is continuously striving forward to add to the development of Martial Arts.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo holds a special meaning of Clear and Bright Fist.
The principle of Jeolkwondo is summarised in characters Won, Yu and Wha.
- Won means Centripetal Self Defence. One can defend against an attack by using circular movements to redirect the force of the blow.
- Yu teaches us to respond with fluid motions as oppose to rigid movements to lessen impact.
- Wha points out that there must be harmony between the practitioner and the opponent.
Toncheon Jeolkwondo has taken a traditional martial art which had a limited number of students, due to its hardcore methods and traditional values with only male practitioners, and modified it to fit the needs of the modern day martial arts practitioners. There is an equal balance of traditional methods and teachings for mental training with the physical conditioning and techniques for the comfort of both male and female practitioners of all ages.
It teaches how to win, lose and how to wait.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo Principle
The teachings of Tongcheon Jeolkwondo allow its practitioners to realise the true image and nature of humans through experience and understanding from rigorous training. It also teaches us the value of patience, the downfalls of recklessly hurrying into action; to get a better understanding of waiting for the right moment and the courage to take the action when the moment does come.
Timely and have the courage to know when to run.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo Educational Philosophy
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo Educational’s meaning of human behaviour will make a difference. In other words, through Jeolkwondo training good habits will grow well, and undesirable actions can be discarded.
Its educational philosophy teaches the need for patriotism and raises the awareness of the passing of generations and the changes it brings. It decrees that thoughts, words and actions make the person and dominates his/her characteristic.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo for Educational Purposes
It is often too easy to identify Martial Arts as nothing more than a physical contact sport with emphasis on sparring. The practice of Martial Arts includes finding the calm in strength approach and discarding nervousness, hurry and needless greed. One must then attain a degree of callousness and calm to assess the situation. This will aid the practitioner to assess any given situation without bias and balanced judgement. Any given day we constantly witness situations that constantly test us and the goal of being callous and calm and remaining fair and balanced becomes increasingly difficult. Tongcheon Jeolkwondo teaches us to look, listen, speak, feel, act and to look at the world with a balanced view.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo Techniques
The art of Jeolkwondo has two stances, Martial Arts Stance and Fighting Stance. Martial Arts stance is a traditional stance that focuses on being able to fluidly attack and defend.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo is a pure creative martial art which emphasizes on bright and clean fist. Jeolkwondo is a thorough believer in using hands, palms, feet, knees, head, fingers, toes and other body parts to attach and defend at the same time to maximize the efficiency of each strike and block.
Jeolkwondo focuses on real combat situations as it trains the students that an attack can come from anywhere, anytime and in any method. Therefore, to defend one’s self they will learn necessary techniques, rhythmic Jeolkwon fighting method, weapon arts and other forms.
Jeolkwondo also teaches rotation method, conversion method, transition method, short-term method, to subdue the attacker. The students will gain an excellent concept of balancing of the body to use the above methods.
The Rhythmic Jeolkwon Fighting Form focuses on stepping, punching and kicking in rhythm. This is also a good source of stamina training. Academic papers have been written on the benefits of training and the change in personality for the good. Martial Arts can be sometimes seen as fancy with all its skills and techniques, but Tongcheon Jeolkwondo has made tremendous efforts to strip away the unnecessarily fancy and not so applicable to real combat situation techniques to become a more realistic Self-Defence Art.
In real combat situation the aim is to find the most efficient space and with the most efficient movements to subdue the opponent in shortest possible time. This brings the necessity to discard all the Martial Art moves that can only be seen as fancy and not applicable in real combat situations.
Tongcheon Jeolkwondo believes that, just like a forest is a collection of small and big trees. A martial art can be at its best if it can collect all the most efficient movements of other martial arts.
Martial Art is a form of art expressed through the flesh.