The Kobukson, also known as the turtle ship was a large Korean warship that was used by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon dynasty, 15th century and 18th century. The Kobukson was used in the fight against the invading Japanese and is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The name “turtle ship” derives from its protective shell-like covering and is often recognised as the first armoured battleship in the world.
Turtle ships were equipped with at least five different types of cannons. Their most distinguishable feature was a fierce fire breathing dragon-shaped head at the front of the ship that could launch cannon fire or flames from the mouth. Each ship had a shell-like covered deck to protect against arrow fire, musket shots, incendiary weapons. The covered deck also had iron spikes to prevent the enemy from attempting to board the ship.
Below is a fantastic video all about The Kobukson and is well worth a watch.
Finding the perfect gift for someone who is into martial arts can be difficult, there is an array of products but sometimes they are overpriced, not suitable or both. I have selected some of my favourite items that are tried and tested and some that are on my wish list. If you do purchase any of these items please use the links below, it helps this site if you do.
One of the first items I selected and have talked about before is a book called A Killing Art by Alex Gillis. This book talks about the history of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi and how Tae Kwon Do came about. If you want to further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do I would recommend this book highly and there is a new revised edition out now.
I often get asked by students, how do I improve my stretch, whats the best stretch to do, whats the quickest way improve my flexibility? Firstly there is no quick way to improve your flexibility, it takes time and lots of practise. I love assisted stretching, for me it works the best and I can really push to the limit and relax (Which is important), but if you’re practising at home and don’t have any one to assist you or training alone a stretching aid might be worth looking at. I don’t have a leg stretcher but have often thought about getting one, so it’s on my wish list. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices with entry level ones costing around £15 and higher priced items costing £250. If you happen to get a stretching machine let me know your thoughts.
After a nice warm up and stretch you might want a work out practising your Tae Kwon Do on a punch bag. There are loads of punch bags to choose from and it can be overwhelming. I have used loads of punch bags, pads etc over the years and my favourite by far is the BOB XL. It’s a high end punch bag and some of you might be put off by the price but I can’t praise it enough, I’ve had mine many years now with no problems and the children at Tae Kwon Do love it.
After a hard day of training I like to use a foam roller or massage roller. They can take a little bit of getting used to especially the massage roller if it isn’t smooth (sometimes advertised as Trigger point Therapy) but they are very useful and inexpensive.
I hope you have found this information useful and if you have any questions or would like help choosing the correct product for you or present please feel free to contact me.
If you are thinking of purchasing any of the products featured on here please follow the link provided, it helps this site if you do.
If you are interested in the history of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi, Korean history or martial arts in general then this book is a great read.
Writen by Alex Gillis a investigative journalist who has trained in Tae Kwon Do for over 25 years, this book looks into the history and tales around Tae Kwon Do and how it all started.
Sometimes I find people do the minimum theory for gradings and that’s it, it’s a real shame because the story of Tae Kwon Do is very interesting.
If you are interested in buying this book to further your Tae Kwon Do knowledge please use the link below.
“Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms—from the late 1960s when tae kwon do–trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids.”