Gwon Gyokdo

Gwon Gyokdo (more commonly known as Kun Gek Do) is a Korean hybrid of Martial Art and Sport. The National Kun Gek Do headquarters is located in Pusan, Korea. The system was founded by Jung Do-Mo. The system is a hybrid combination of the traditional Korean styles and the strange-but-effective sport of Muay Thai that originated in Thailand.

The name Kun Gek Do: “Kun” is really pronounced “gwun” and means fist or punch. “Gek” should be pronounced “gyuk” and is part of the work “gong gyuk,” meaning attack. And “do”, of course, means the art or way. There you have it: kun gek do, the art of attacking and punching.

This art is also known as ‘Kyuk Too Ki’ in some parts of Korea. The idea is to use the basic Taekwondo Kicking style, but with the blend of leg blocks, knees and elbows that makes Muay Thai so powerful. Some Muay Thai movements that are judged less efficient have been removed, such as the stepping that has been changed to Taekwondo slides and quick steps.

The punch dodge (similar to American style boxing ducks) has been added to replace the faulty “back up” Muay Thai uses, which enables the practitioner to counter more quickly. Kun Gek Do uses no open-hand movements. The choice is motivated by the thought that when a person blocks or strikes with full power, an open hand can result in broken or dislocated fingers.

Kunn Gek Do foot techniques are a combination of taekwondo and kickboxing movements. Taekwondo elements can be seen in the way the front kick pushes rather than snaps out; the back kick, the side kick, and the spinning hook kick are also used. Also incorporated into Kun Gek Do is the Thai-style roundhouse kick, which lands with the shin rather than the foot, but is executed in Taekwondo snapping style to increase speed.