Does anyone on the forum practise or have any knowledge of the original Koryo poomsae? The original was made in ca 1965 by the KTA forms comitte but was changed along with the Palgwe forms to Taegeuk forms in ca 1972. The original begins with double knife hand block in back stance, change to long front stance with a right hand middle knuckle finger thrust, while the newer Koryo which is not similar at all starts with double knife hand block and then the two sidekicks one low and one higher with the same foot.
I have searched youtube and found about 3 different versions of the form all simular but then again different, and there is an old magazine article wich shows the original form on the internet (I`ll post the link when I find it again:) But I do have a few questions:
- Why did they change from the original form when all the other black belt forms were unchanged?
- Does anyone still practise it?
- What kind of applications do the ones who practise it have?/What can be learned from it?
- If you found an individual who practise the form who learned it from a good source (not from a book, or magazine but by an actual and knowledgeable instructor) would you/should you reintroduce the form in to your training? E. g. Shotokan have several Dai and Sho Kata in their systems (kanku dai and Kanku sho for example).
- If the answer to the above question is yes, then would you just include it for your own training or would you also teach it to others as part of the system? (If you teach or if you ahd the chance to teach that is:) )
(Magazine article from arlintonkarate.com):http://www.arlingtonkarate.com/articles/Official%20Karate%20Magazine%20Cover%20April%201972.pdf
If the above link does not work, simply go to www.arlingtonkarate.com/articles and se the magazine article. It is the best (and only?) source of written documentation on the form that I have found.
Looking forward to a great discussion :)