Based on the principles of “Confucianism” is an East Asian martial art form known as Subak. This “hybrid” martial art form is said to have originated from South Korea. Furthermore, this combat form is supposed to be the precursor of another style known as “Taekkyon”.  Furthermore, it was during the “Joseon Era” that Subak was prohibited to be practiced and was only allowed to be used in competitions known as “subakhui”. In addition, it is also said that Subak was actually later renamed Taekkyon.

a. History/origin of Subak:

According to the history of South Korea, the country was once divided into three kingdoms i.e. Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekje. Apparently, the kingdom of Baekje wanted to have control over the southern region, and so it invaded the kingdom of Silla. Furthermore, it was in response to the invasion that the kingdom of Silla used an army filled with elite officers known as “Hwarang”. It was these elite officers that used a unique combat form during battle.

b. Weapon used in the Subak:

Since the combat form involves the use of “striking” as well as “grappling” the weapon mainly used are the “hands and legs” of the fighter.

c. Technique involved in the Subak and training availability:

In terms of technique, the fighter in this form of martial art basically makes use of moves such as hand strikes, kicks, jointlocks, and throws. As for training centers/schools, there are number of them available especially in South Korea for those interested in learning this “hybrid” martial art form.

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