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Dr. B.K. Choi will lecture on the history of Korean Martial Arts at the Leiden University on 23 February 2008.

The Centre for Korean Studies of Leiden University presents a special lecture
by Dr. Bok Kyu Choi.

Theme: Past and Present of Korean Traditional Martial Arts

Date and time: 23 February, 2008. from 10:30 to 12:30 hrs.

Place: Room 147 in the Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden.

Hosted by the Centre for Korean Studies in Leiden University and the Korean Institute for Martial Arts. Contact joseonmuye@gmail.com for information and reservations.


First session (10:30 - 11: 20 hrs.):

History of Korean Traditional Martial Arts

1) The definition of martial arts;

2) What kinds of martial arts have existed in the history of Korea;

3) The martial arts manual Muyedobotongji, its historical background and its contents;

4) What is the relation between warfare and martial arts in the past?

Break (11:20 - 11:30 hrs.)

Second session (11:30 to 12:20 hrs.):

Korean Martial Arts Today

1) The Japanese occupation and its impact on Korean martial arts;

2) The origins of modern Korean martial arts;

3) The revival of traditional Korean martial arts;

4) Factors distorting the history of Korean martial arts.

Discussion 12:20 - 12:40


The speaker, Dr. Bok Kyu Choi, is a renowned scholar of Korean Martial Arts theory and practice. He has been researching Korean Martial Arts for more than twenty years. He graduated from the masters course of Seoul National University with a thesis on the reconstitution of Korean Traditional Martial Arts and its significance today. He obtained a Ph.D. at Seoul National University with a dissertation on the Historical Background of the Compilation of the Muyedobotongji and the Discourse on the Martial arts. He publishes with the Ehwa University Press, the Chosun Ilbo and Dongmoonsun.