Re: MMA (kinda) in 1974
I'm 99% sure that 'Jhoon Rhee' protections refer to some hybrid style Taekwondo guards which must have been suggested by the early taekwondo 'pioneer' (just saying that because he has been around a long time, yet he never really accomplished anything).
I've actually fought at his tournament, and other tournaments where his fighters were.
Also, the two men mentioned to practice taekwondo: this took place around the year the word 'taekwondo' was coined', and assuming they hadn't JUST learned it, what they are doing might be best described as Tangsoodo or korean karate. I'll ask my father if he recalls their names.
interesting thread for sure.