The Tragic End of Korean Karate Master Yoon Byung In

Korean Karate Master Betrayed

Yoon Bying In wanted to study kung fu in the worst possible way, yet the kung fu master in his town refused to teach Koreans. Time after time Yoon had been caught peeking in windows and had been chased away from the dojo. Then Yoon got a brilliant idea.

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During class he snuck up and lined up all the shoes of the students. He then retreated and watched when the master of kung fu came out of the dojo. The kung fu master was pleased at this display of respect, and he wondered who had shown him such respect.

Yoon continued doing this day after day, and, eventually, the kung fu master found out who it was. In this way Yoon became accepted in to the school, and the only Korean so accepted to study kung fu in this town. He threw himself into his studies and proved bright and strong in many ways.

Yoon grew older and went to college. He like to practice his kung fu on a tree, and he pounded on the tree so mercilessly that the tree eventually began to bend over. One day a fellow student came running up to him.

“We are both Korean, and you must help me. Those Japanese karate students are after me.” At that moment a band of karate students surrounded them.

Yoon put himself in the way and told the students that the martial arts should be studied for peaceful purposes. Immediately, the students challenged him and began trying to fight him. Using his kung fu Yoon dodged and darted and managed to avoid combat without hurting anybody.

The karate master heard of Yoon, and became friends with him. Eventually, Yoon went to study with Toyama Kanken, who had studied with Ankoh Itosu. Toyama was so impressed he traded knowledge with Yoon, and made him Shihan in his martial arts style, which Yoon taught upon his return to Korea.

Yoon contributed greatly to Karate, causing the founding of the Kang Duk Won and contributing to the fund of knowledge which ultimately became Tae Kwon Do. Eventually he was swept up by the Korean war, where he became a prisoner of war and was forced to work in a cement factory. It is rumored that he never returned home, yet his contributions will always be embedded in the DNA of Korean Karate.

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