’Buday is a belief system, which we stand for and live through martial arts. Our pursuit of perfection, which we perceive as a way of life. It is about toughness, discipline, respect, focus, persistence, ambition, creation, development, art, health preservation, friendship and much more. It is mainly about us, about our lives. Your punch is like you. The way you see life is the way life looks back at you. So look at it with strength, belief, integrity and you will be happy. This is what I believe in, what we believe in.’Master Péter Poós (M)
Buday Taekwon-do Klub is the descendant of the first Taekwon-do club in the country (Central Training gym), which was founded in 1977. László Harmat, the founder and chairman of the Hungarian ITF Taekwon-do Federation, educated the head coaches, who built their own clubs in different parts of the country with hard work and persistence.
Buday Taekwon-do Klub was founded in 1995, today the head coach is master Péter Poós, one of its founders. We are proud of those 30 black belt masters, who train at our club, of our national and international achievements, but mostly of the years we have spent together and that we have been there for each other all this time.
In this section the following topics will be discussed:
The base-techniques are the fundamental parts of Taekwon-do movement system. Practicing the combinations of punches, kicks and blocks while moving, makes a coordinated, harmonized flow of movement.
Patterns are fundamental movements (punches, kicks, blocks) against one or more persons combined in a series of moves. Patterns improve technical accuracy, harmony, synchronization, combination and concentration skills.
After continuous practicing of base-techniques and forms – if they are executed well the apprentice is ready to practice with a partner. Step sparing is basically base-technique in pairs.
The aim of breaking techniques is to achieve a concentration and state of mind, which allows the apprentice to be able to break (either as many or as difficult targets as possible) targets.
Self-defense is the way to use Taekwon-do in real life. To begin studying self-defense the apprentice must already have a serious knowledge base and many skills learned during trainings, so the teaching of self-defense begins only on advanced level.
Taekwon-do (TKD) is a Korean martial art, that emphasizes fast and strong head-height, spinning and jumping kicks. Taekwon-do is one of the most modern and most structured Asian martial art styles.
Taekwon-do was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by incorporating elements of traditional Korean martial arts (Taekkyon, Subak, Gwon Beop), Karate Martial Arts. Nowadays –although there are more international organizations – TKD is one of the most popular martial arts in the world and one of Korea’s national sports. Buday TKD Team is a member of the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF), this means that we don’t practice TKD you can see in the Olympics, (represented by the World Taekwondo Federation, WTF), but fortunately this fact doesn’t reduce the pleasure of TKD (though it depends on things one is looking for in martial arts.)
Part Two allows you to have a further look at the history of TKD, starting from the Founder, Choi Hong Hi.
General Choi, Hong Hi
He was born on November 9th 1918 in the Hwa Dae Myong Chun District of Korea (today Democratic People's Republic of Korea or as commonly referred to: North Korea).
He passed away on June 15th 2002, Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
At the age of twelve Choi Hong Hi, a small, frail and sickly child was sent by his parents to study Taek Kyon, an ancient Korean martial art relying mainly on footwork. His elderly teacher was also a master of calligraphy.
The Japanese occupants of Korea banned the practice of martial arts punishable by death, which could thus only be pursued illegally. Choi remained full of resentment against the Japanese throughout his whole life. Nevertheless, similarly to so many young Koreans, the sole path towards accomplishment and success was for Choi to go to Japan and study there. Besides his studies, he practiced karate, for example Shotokan. As a result of hard and fanatic training, it was not long before Choi had obtained the 2nd Dan. From this time on, he taught others, too.
Unlike his cousin Choi Young (the later founder of Kyokushinkai karate under the name of Mas Oyama, the name of his Japanese step parents), who went to Japan at the same time as he did, Choi Hong Hi hated the Japanese and had no intention of turning Japanese. He refused to be conscripted into the Japanese army, for which he was arrested and imprisoned. In order to retain his spiritual and physical health even in prison, he continued training. At first he trained alone, then taught karate to his inmates as well as the prison staff.
Choi Hong Hi had been living in the shadow of death penalty, from which only the end of the war and Japanese capitulation could save him. After the end of the war, Choi Hong Hi became an officer in the newly formed Korean Army in the Republic of Korea (often referred to as South Korea). The ambitious young officer soon organized training in the army, too: at first he trained the soldiers under him, then also American soldiers serving in Korea. Choi Hong Hi was soon promoted to the rank of divisional general. It was during training in the 29th Infantry Division, an elite force within the Korean Army, that Choi Hong Hi elaborated the principles of his own style. The new style, which he named Taekwon-do, did not only have to be modern and militarily effective, but it also had to have Korean origins and was strongly expected to excel Japanese karate. Taekwon-do mainly combined the elements of the ancient Taek Kyon and Shotokan karate. On the Island of Cheju, where the General's infantry division was stationed, a plaque commemorates Choi Hong Hi's activities. Choi later rose to the rank of Chief of Staff of the South Korean Army, and as a two-star general, he was also playing a significant role in the country's government.
He used his influence to unify the various Korean schools of martial arts representing different styles, and to establish an integrated form of Korean national martial art. The majority of these schools (kwan) were civilian schools mostly teaching karate, while Choi's own school, Oh Do Kwan ("School of My Way") was a military establishment. At a conference on April 11th 1955, the new, unified style was accepted, and the name Taekwon-do ("The art of feet andhands") was officially adopted. This day is considered the birthday of Taekwon-do. General Choi was elected President of the newly established Korean Taekwon-do Federation (KTF) in 1959. Later he entered into diplomacy, becoming Korea's ambassador first to Malaysia, then to Vietnam. From this time on, General Choi dedicated his life to the development and spreading of Taekwon-do. Together with his colleagues – Nam Tae Hi and others – he created the 24 patterns of Taekwon-do, and introduced several technical innovations. Through his military connections, General Choi and his students held demonstrations throughout the world, particularly in South-Eastern Asia and the US. As a resultof his unswerving activities, the International Taekwon-do Federation was founded on March 22nd 1966 with 7 founding countries, and General Choi became its first President. Taekwon-do became extremely popular and spread quickly throughout the world.
However in 1972, through a series of military coups, General Choi's political adversaries grasped power in South Korea. They kidnapped the General's children and threatened to kill them unless he returned to Korea. General Choi's answer to his blackmailers, "I choose Taekwon-do over my son" has since become famous. The bluff worked: nobody dared to harm his children and key pupils, who, as a consequence of American pressure, were eventually released. Nevertheless, the above-mentioned famous sentence has since been misinterpreted and constantly brought up against General Choi. Choi Hong Hi himself was then forced into exile to escape capital punishment in Korea. Choi Hong Hi, a patriot fighting against Japanese invasion, whose vision and aim was to unite Korea, thus became a target of persecution in his native land.
The junior section of Buday Taekwon-do Club has been working successfully since 2005. More and more of our students now attend the adult trainings, there are black belt masters and national champions among them, and some of them are on the Hungarian National Team. But the most important thing is that being the part of a loyal community you have the opportunity to learn a martial art, which is useful in all fields of life.
What can you pick up in our club?
Buday Taekwon-do Club is presently recruiting ambitious boys and girls, men and women, whom not only want to learn magnificent techniques, but also want to become true martial artists. Loyalty, friendship, and team spirit are among our top priorities. Training together deepens our friendships, helps us find balance, strengthens our commitment, while sports become a part of our everyday lives.
6. Mosonyi st., district VIII., Budapest
Schulek Frigyes High School
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 18.30-20.30
1139 Budapest, Fáy. u. 58.
Saturday at 9.00-11.00