Monday, May 6, 2013

The System Patch History

The 45th Anniversary System Patch

The patches we wear on our doboks identify us as students of a long and rich teaching lineage. They are filled with symbols and meanings, designed by the masters whose arts they represent.
The origins of our school and system patch go back to post WWII Korea, and the masters who founded the schools from which Chayon-Ryu evolved.

These masters each left their mark and are part of Chayon-Ryu. As students of Chayon-Ryu it is vital that we know our lineage and understand its origins. We must always endeavor to respect our teachers martial arts heritage, as we are all a part of it, as the living legacy of these teachers. The chart below gives a basic overview of the patch history of our line.

patch collection
The patch collection, assembled by Sabeomnim Dory West (Austin) and Kyosanim Melissa L. Nichols (Baytown),  is on display at the Chayon-Ryu International World Headquarters Dojang in Spring Branch (Houston), TX, USA. for all Chayon-Ryu students to see.

The collection includes representations from the original schools of Chang Mu Kwan and Kang Duk Wan, and the first school founded by Grandmaster Kim Soo, Korea Taekwon Academy (1963); as well as the first Chayon-Ryu Natural Way patch and original Kim Soo College patch. Also included are the many anniversary editions released over the years.

Grandmaster Kim Soo and Kyosanim Melissa L. Nichols hold one of the 
cases from the Patch Display.

When Grandmaster Kim Soo arrived in the United States in 1968, he inaugurated the Chayon-Ryu system and designed the "Natural Way" patch, and named his school the Kim Soo College of Taekwon Karate, which is our school patch.

The Patch Display now hangs in the world headquarters for
all students of Chayon-Ryu to see.

These two patches are worn on the doboks of all Chayon-Ryu practitioners. It is important that every student learns the meanings of the symbols and characters on our system patch, as Chayon-Ryu is a system which puts great emphasis on the preservation of martial arts history and knowledge.

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