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Modern Korean martial arts The section "Modern Korean martial arts" needs comprehensive checking regarding its claims and lack of sources. Most of the historical facts presented there have been widely spread in the KMA scene around the world but as far as I know there has never been any documented or at least unbiased source to prove them. Besides that most of the facts now marked with "dubious" or "citation needed" are historically incoherent. I myself have been trying to get some coherent fact out of these stories spread throught the KMA community (at least some solid reason other than simply artificially promoting and oversizing KMA's role in the Marcial Arts world). So far not a hint other than the obvious.
- ALERT: During the past several years that I have viewed this page on Korean Martial Arts, I have been disappointed to to see contributions that reify the Japanese propaganda of 1910-1945, during its occupation of Korea, and seek to promote a misplaced agenda of identifying Japanese origins of Korean martial arts. It is alarming that such culturally insensitive and ignorant comments continue to be made, particularly on this page. Please reference works that are now available in English and on the web, such as 5,000 Years of Korean Martial Arts: the heritage of the hermit kingdom's warriors by R. Barry Harmon.
- Japanese colonialism sought to purge Koreans of their traditional culture and identity and suppressed the practice of Korean martial arts, often co-opting these as their own and obfuscating its true Korean origins. R. Barry Harmon writes, "... colonial influence may be seen studying the development of Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do is widely believed to be a continuation of Tae Kyun and Soo Bahk Ki but evidence to the contrary has been found since the [Japanese] name [Tae Kwon Do] was first used [after the occupation, while the word 'do' or 'the way' was never used in pre-colonial times]. Incorrect translations of the ancient text Mooye Tobo Tong-ji (An Illustrated History of Korean Martial Arts) referring to the term do is not uncommon and helps to propagate the incorrect history.
- "Self-serving translations have been commissioned by regimes with agendas opposed to the traditional Korean martial art spirit and by individuals wishing to further their own interests. These have done a great disservice to Korean history by emphasizing outside influences and minimalizing indigenous culture. Understanding the colonial influence is important not as part of an argument over what style is older or better but to make clear the distinct differences of historical standing. The unique nature if the Korean fighting system and its impact on other martial arts becomes obvious only after intense research."
- You can read parts of the book on Google at: <see http://books.google.com/books?id=tZbVl-Cd-SgC&pg=PR11&lpg=PR11&dq=korean+martial+arts+during+japanese+occupation&source=bl&ots=viN4tZ1XB4&sig=sbE-1i8CwAE-CN14aDMusXMGS0c&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eSh6U9SqKMjhoATB7ICgAQ&ved=0CC8Q6AEwBDgK#v=onepage&q=korean%20martial%20arts%20during%20japanese%20occupation&f=false>. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gndr (talk • contribs) 17:05, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
There is absolutely no record of Japanese illegalizing the practice of Korean martial arts. Gungdo and Ssireum flourished under the Japanese. Tae Kwondo and Hapkido did not exist until after the liberation. All of the narrative above is nationalist propaganda that presupposes Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido existing previous to the intorduction of Karate, Aikido, and Judo to the peninsula during the occupation. For all the Kroean nationalists arguing for Japanese illegalizing Korean martial arts, the onus is on them to provide that edict. Not possioble, as there was no such edict. This is similar to Koreans in 1960s claiming that Japanese had cut down all the trees in Korea. But phoots of Korea from 1890s taken by American journalists shows even LESS trees than there were in 1945. Blaming Japan for all of Korea's shortocmings is not the way to overcome history. Krusader6 (talk) 17:04, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
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