Please don’t write about translation or other staff !!!
This was created to write about kung-fu not other subjects.
Hans (and anybody else who cares)
I should probably let Dragonbones respond, but since this concerns two of my posts, I feel compelled to respond myself.
This forum – according to the name you gave it “Martial arts (kung fu,other) - schools, teachers” – is about martial arts, (武术, 武芸) including – but not limited to - kung fu /gongfu b.[/b]
Karate b[/b] is a martial art.
Dragonbones’ posts was in direct response to a question about a Web page that provides information about karate schools in Taiwan (臺灣 or 台灣) aka Formosa.
I noted that the Web page was entirely in Chinese/Mandarin (國語). Since most of us do NOT read Chinese, how then are we to make use of this page?
Dragonbones provided useful information on how to translate this Web page – a Web page about karate – into English so that we non-Chinese foreign ghosts (外國鬼魂) might be able to learn about the martial art of the Japanese ghosts (日本鬼魂).
So you see, these posts are not about “other staff.”
They are about martial arts.
And they form a legitimate and vital part of this forum discussion.
Because, the thing is, while there is a plethora of schools teaching the Korean( 韓國) martial art, taekwondo b, [/b]there are precious few places where one can learn karate, i.e dojo b.[/b]
This might be considered odd, given Taiwan’s Japanese history and the Taiwanese penchant for just about everything Japanese.
I am given to understand that there is one reason for this: Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), late dictator and head of the secret police.
During his reign, Chiang was looking for a national sport that would embody the Republic of China’s (中華民國) “martial spirit.” A “martial sport”, if you like.
Karate, of course, was O-U-T because all Chiangs and Nationalists(中國國民黨) hated the Japanese (日本人) and everything to do with them.
On the other hand, they had nothing against the Koreans (韓國人) – in fact, they were united in their dislike of the Japanese – and taekwondo was already well on its way from martial art to competitive sport.
Abracadabra alakazam presto whammo: Taekwondo is Taiwan’s premier “maritial art.”
Irony number one: It’s easier to learn taekwondo here than it is to learn kung fu.
Irony number two: Taekwondo’s systemization and organization owes a lot to karate. In fact, one of the founders, General Choi Hong Hi, was a second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and it was he who gave the modern Korean art its name.
Note: In Korean and Chinese, the name of this art is always the same 跆拳道.
But in English, whether it is supposed to be taekwondo or tae kwon do all depends on which style book or dictionary you’re using. It also depends on which of the feuding factions you belong to.
In Taiwan, most dojang (道場) and their teachers (先生) belong to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), the governing body for Olympic competition.