English Language – Master Adrogué

1palanca MA novasWelcome to our site. We are an ITF-style Taekwon-Do group called Mudo Jongshin Won 무도정신원 (武道精神院)  (“Circle of Righteous Martial Spirit”) .  We are affiliated to the Allied International Taekwon-Do Council under GM Park Jong Soo.  We apologize for not having a full English language version of the site, but we are confident you will be able to by-pass the language barrier and enjoy the pictures and videos in our Gallery as well as other sections.

Manuel Adrogué (born on March, 1968) lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been training Taekwon-Do since 1983, holding the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt.

He is a corporate lawyer and family man, father of four children. His main teacher was GM Pedro Florindo (1949-2018).   Since 2008 Adrogué  has been under the guidance of GM Kim Han Chang, the father of Argentine Taekwon-Do, who played a significant role in Adrogué being adopted as disciple to GM Park.

pedro kim manuDuring his late teens Adrogué worked at martial arts magazine in Argentina, “Yudo Karate”, where he got to meet famous international masters who visited the country, including General Choi Hong Hi. That lead him to martial arts cross-training under reknowed experts. A high point in his life were several tours to the United States in the early ‘90s in which Mr. Florindo and a group of around 20 black belts trained under the most famous martial arts teachers residing in Los Angeles and New York (among others, with GM Ji Han Jae, Jun Chong, Hee Il Cho, Sihak Henry Cho, Taejoon Lee, etc.).  Although competition was never the main training focus, for some time Adrogue used to attend to tournaments with  frequent championships at sparring, patterns and breaking. See for example the 2001 piece by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine.

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During his lifetime Adrogué has been blessed by meeting or training under legends like Gen. Choi Hong Hi, Hwang Kee, Ji Han Jae, H.C. Hwang, Sihak Henry Cho, Kim Pyung Soo,  Park Jong Soo, Kong Young Bo, Chen Quanzong, Kenzo Miyazawa, Choi Kwang Jo, Cho Hee Il, Kim Suk Jun, Jun Chong, Henry Taejoon Lee, Tran Trieu Quan, Do Ki Hyun, Pak Gumsu, Kim Han Chang, Choi Nam Sung, among others. Whenever presented the opportunity of access to a source of higher martial art knowledge, Adrogué will take it. This approach has resulted in a personal library of more than 200 volumes on every aspect of Asian Martial Arts.

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In 2008 he travelled to Korea with GM Kim Han Chang, who has legendary status not only for his technical skills but mostly for his fine character. GM Kim was the person appointed by Gen. Choi to introduce Taekwon-Do into Argentina in 1967.  Since then Adrogué has travelled to Korea in 2013 and 2015 having the chance to train Taekwon-Do, Shippalki, Taek Kyon and other disciplines.  During the 2015 trip Mr. Adrogué joined GM Park Jong Soo to pay homage to his teacher Gen. Choi by visiting the famous “Fist Monument” in Jeju island, a symbolical location where the basis of Taekwon-Do was laid at the Republic of Korea 29th Army Division in 1954.  On that occasion GM Park promoted Adrogué to 7th Dan.

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Mr. Adrogué has authored more than 50 articles in English and Spanish, the highest point in that area being the translation into Spanish of the famous book by Alex Gillis “A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do”, with the addition of a 200-page section of the history of Argentine Tae Kwon Do. Adrogué takes pride in his ever-increasing martial arts library. During the last years Adrogué has been learning Chinese Kung Fu (Taijiquan and Baguazhang).

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1) Asian Martial Arts. Constructive Thoughts & Practical Applications, published by Journal of Asian Martial Arts / Via Media Publications on September 2012. Adrogué was invited to join a collective work and represent Taekwon-Do among 27 specialists of different martial arts by submitting a two-page article choosing two techniques or sequences, with their photographs, and explaining the background and ideas behind them.

2)  ITF Taekwon-Do and Sine Wave as Sequential Motion”: More power than what meets the eye, published in Totally Tae Kwon Do magazine, May, June and July 2010. An insightful attempt to explain the reasons for Gen. Choi to modify the way basic technique was performed in Shotokan Karate before adopting it into ITF Taekwon-Do.

3) “Ancient Military Manuals and Their Relation to Modern Korean Martial Arts”, published in Journal of Asian Martial Arts / Via Media Publications, Vol. 12, Num. 4, November 2003.

4) “A Martial Arts Librarian’s Suggestions”, June 2016 Facebook post on the intellectual approach to martial arts growth.

5) “An Attempt to Define “Taekwon-Do” looking at Bruce Lee, Gen. Choi and his Legacy”, May 2017 Totally Tae Kwon Do magazine.

6) “Grandmaster Florindo and his Place in the History of Argentine Taekwon-Do”, Feb 2018 Totally Tae Kwon Do magazine.

7) A video clip on the Korean version of Bassai Karate form, its roots from China through Okinawa and Japan, and the difference of Moo Duk Kwan vs. ITF Taekwon-Do motion (action at 1:44 and 12:16)

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References: Blue arrows mean a solid, extended and verified teacher-student relationship; green arrows mean an alleged teacher-student relationship subject to further evidence; red solid arrows mean a teacher-student relationship without extended effective personal exposure; red broken arrows mean an indirect or technically less influential type of teaching relationship.