History of Tukong Moosul

South Korean Special Forces: In the late 1970s, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) Army created the 8th Attack commando unit.  To counter this special commando unit threat, the top generals of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) Army decided to create a special commando unit inside their current South Korean Special Forces group. They called the new commando unit the Tu Kong unit. Tu Kong means Special Combat.

Elite martial arts training program for the Tu Kong unit: The second official commander of the Tu Kong unit, Gen. Chang K Oe ordered five masters of martial arts from the Tu Kong Unit and one martial arts master from the Headquarters unit to work together to design an elite martial arts training program for the Tu Kong unit. The South Korean Special Forces already had some advanced martial arts training programs with other names. All these programs had strengths and weaknesses. The job of the six Masters was to improve and combine the best techniques and training from any martial arts style into one complete system for the Tu Kong unit.

Martial Arts Masters develop techniques known as Tukong Moosul: The original five developers of the training program that became known as Tukong Moosul were Master In Ki Kim, Master Sung Pok Choi, Master Yong Kwi Han, Master Sung Ho Lee, and Master Jin Kwon Kim. Also helpful later in the development were Master Chil Hyun Pak. The Headquarters Unit Master was Master Won Ik Yi. In 1981, the Masters demonstrated their combat training program for General Chang who was then the current Commanding officer of the Tu Kong Unit and several other high ranking military commanders. These commanders were so impressed that they ordered all South Korean soldiers to be trained in some part of this program. The program is now called Tukong Moosul which translates in Korean to: Special Combat Martial Arts.

Grandmaster In Ki Kim became the head Tu Kong Instructor in the Tu Kong unit after the other Tu Kong Unit Masters left the army. Grandmaster Kim continued to refine and develop the Tu Kong Unit's combat training program and trained the new Tu Kong instructors. Many former Tu Kong Unit martial artists are in the United States teaching different forms of martial arts and have included some Tukong Unit techniques in their program.

Tukong Unit Training has evolved over the years: Today tens thousands of soldiers have trained in the South Korean Army's Tu Kong Unit since the late 1970's. All have been greatly influenced by the original six Master's knowledge and experience. The current Tukong Unit combat training program is not the same as when it was first developed over 20 years ago. Other martial arts masters from the Tu Kong unit have continued to improve to the techniques.

Tukong Moosul in America: In the same way, Tukong has evolved in the United States. Many former Tu Kong Unit martial artists are in the United States teaching different forms of martial arts and have included some Tukong Unit techniques in their program. Most of what is now taught in Tukong Moosul programs in America cannot be used in tournaments. Tournaments are sports that try to avoid injury to the players. Combat is real fighting that tries to injure or kill the opponents. Tukong was designed for combat. Tukong techniques can be lowered to sport levels or remain as lethal or injurious as needed.

American Tukong Martial Arts Academy includes Tukong training: In the Washington, D.C. area, Grandmaster In Ki Kim continues to teach his Tukong Moosul techniques. his school, the American Tukong Martial Arts Academy, located in Alexandria, Virginia

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