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BB: What was Choi's adult life like before you began training with him? Lim: He grew up in Japan and married a Korean woman there. He, his wife and his son lived in Japan until 1945, when they returned to Korea. He had one son and, I believe, three daughters.

BB: What was his son's name? Lim: Choi Bong-yul.

BB: Did his son practice hapkido? Lim: Yes, he practiced for 20 years with his father. After the birth of his son, Choi Bong-yul stopped practicing. He became a businessman.

BB: Is he still alive? Lim: No, he died of cancer in 1987 at the age of 63 or 64. It was one year after the death of his father, who passed away after he had a stroke and was paralyzed.

strike executed by his foe (1). He then traps

SIDE KICK WITH THE OUTSIDE KNIFE EDGE OF THE FOOT: Shin Dong-won (right) blocks a hand (2), twists (3) and torques (4) the man's arm before thrusting a side kick into his knee (5-6).

FANNING KICK: The opponent (right) grabs the hapkido expert's shoulders (1). The hapkido stylist raises his right fist and blasts a punch into the man's abdomen (2). He immediately

FRONT KICK WITH THE INSIDE KNIFE EDGE OF THE FOOT: The defender's (right) wrist is grabbed by his partner (1). He thrusts his hand downward to weaken the grip (2), then reverses the hold (3) and executes a kick to the knee (4-5). The technique destroys the assailant's balance, and a quick pull with the hands sends him to the mat (6).

FRONT KICK WITH THE INSIDE KNIFE EDGE OF THE FOOT: The defender's (right) wrist is grabbed by his partner (1). He thrusts his hand downward to weaken the grip (2), then reverses the hold (3) and executes a kick to the knee (4-5). The technique destroys the assailant's balance, and a quick pull with the hands sends him to the mat (6).

unleashes a fanning kick using the bottom of the man to drop (4).

unleashes a fanning kick using the bottom of the man to drop (4).

his foot to strike the inner thigh (3), causing

BB: Did you attend Choi Yong-sul's funeral?

Lim: Yes, it was a very big funeral.

BB: Did any of his other students attend the ceremony? Lim: Yes, I recall that So Buk-sub (supposedly the first hapkido student) attended.

BB: Do you think Choi is more famous today than when he was alive? Lim: Yes, he is much more famous and well-known now.

BB: Many people claim to be students of his. What's your opinion of that? Lim: Many men studied with Choi Yong-sul but only for a short time. Some studied for one year to three years, and some only attended seminars. Many would spend a short time training with

FRONT KICK: The enemy punches, and the hapkido master blocks with his left arm (1). He then grasps the man's forearm while chambering his right foot (2). The final move is a kick to the chin (3). Note that this technique is one of the rare instances in which hapkido advocates kicking above the waist.

HEEL KICK WHILE SPINNING/PUSHING THE OPPONENT: When Shin Dong-won (right) is grabbed (1), he positions his left hand to pull downward on the man's right arm (2), then completes the pull while executing an upward strike to the chin with his right palm (3). Continuing the motion of his right hand, Shin pushes the opponent's head backward (4), creating an opening for a heel kick to the back of the thigh (5-6).

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