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I still remember the day and the shock I got when I saw the man,kite seller making Bangpae to teach me in my home.I didn't know the exact method of Bangpae making.I'd just been copying around 100 his kite with my imaginative way.I'd never thought how much Bangpae can be different by the construction method before I saw him doing it.I came to know I just measured paper size,each spars dimensions of his and imitated. He torched, straightened spars and used around 3(cm) high bottle cap when he paste spars on paper to process volume up pasting.He made Bangpae so nicely.He was a hero to me for a while till I meet Mr.Tomcat(Lee,Jae-hern) on the KKFC(http://cafe.daum.net/yeonssaum) and introduced to Mr.Oh,Je-Hwan.
We chatted on there, Tomcat told me as if I don't know well about Bangpae,but I was a man had been already made more or less 100 Bangpae.At last, he drived car for an hour my home and showed his kite and flied it together. Absolutely,his kite was something different in apperaence and performance from mine,so fast that I couldn't controll well his.I vaguely able to understand higher level construction technology exist in this world I'd not experieced.
Tomcat learned it from Mr.Oh, and told me how kind Mr. Oh was to him during his trainning.
Some of time passed and Mr.Oh gathered about six students, and we used to go his office for around 3 months 1~2 times a week and learn from him much.He was same age with me, but he had made Bangpae around several thousands pieces for 7 years living from 12 to 17 years old in home of a human cultural assets-he passes away 2 years ago- regarding Bangpae flying.I came to know Mr.Oh's kite making technic is the best in Korea.Usually masters tend to hide their know-hows got from their long experiences and don't open it well to others.It was actually his first try to make his desciples.We call us novice club members in the KKFC site.It was very lucky for me to have a chance to learn from Mr.Oh,Je-Hwan.He devoted to us,poured all of his to us.After that I haven't heard he used so long time for the other desciples club again.Some of the novice club members became a Bangpae devoted teacher as like their teacher did for them.Through wandering from place to place, at last I was guided to,settled down my place,after that I've made around 2~300 pieces of Bangpaes. Yes, I'd wandered almost a year from my first no-tailed Bangpae making, and good teacher,correct method are very important not to waste time and efforts.Bangpae has 5 spars means 5 variables to solve equations.That's the reason why it's not so simple to know her well.At first stage,please fully imitate my instructions here, and then understand, find your own way. I saw many kite fighters have been flying more than sevaral ten years flying with bad kites than those of novices.
Among six novice club members, only two persons those of me and Mr.Kang(http://www.kiteworld.co.kr/bbs/home/kiteworld/), still play with kites, the others can't see in this kite world.Below person,Tomcat also quit flying Bangpae.I miss him so much. Mr.Oh and Kang are falling into team performance with Delta kite and they are invited kite festivals held everywhere in the world.
Mr.Oh,Je-Hwan and his Bangpae
Below is Mr.Kang,Sung-Soo(the left person) and his posting to KKFC describing our tie to Mr.Oh in the 29th,Feb,2008
Written by Mr.Kang,Sung-Soo, and transrated by Peter,Nam.
The kite I made 3 months after entering kite fighting world.
At that time we were mad keen on Bangpae.
Our teacher Mr.Oh, Woo,Hyun-Taek, Tomcat(Lee,Je-Hern),Small kite(Peter,Nam), Mr.Park,Sul-Woong, Mr.Song,Woong-Ki, Mr.Jang,Soon-Nam, Mr.Kim,Choon-Sik...
We were fired up with understanding and technics on Bangpae day by day.
Everyone differ in comprehension on kites, but helped one another selflessly.
We might call us " The 1st Novice club members", but our relationship is special. Ha-Ha!
Even masters have been play with kites several ten years differ in comprehension on kites.
It's right if I think over that point again.
Difference is better than equivalence.
Every kites differs by the human physical conditions,weather, etc.
Of course,the smaller the gap, the closer to the master level.
Despite masters, ten pieces of kites can not be the best kite.
So am I, Ha-ha!
Everyone has his own way to understand and construct a Kite,
but the basic is same,
Probably, I am lucky guy to meet a good teacher.
And also lucky to see good kite friends.
Furthermore, it's fortunate for us to get on the orthodox pedigree of Korean kite.
Influenced most person to my own Bangpae is Mr.Oh,Je-Hwan.
I made Bangpae only two times with Mr.Oh, but more than 80 percent of mine on kite making has come from Mr.Oh.
I pay my respect to Mr.Oh who has handed down me from A to Z all of his hard-won through life.
I say this story to newcomers to Banpae.
I hope next novice club to show up endlessly.
And I also stay in the mind of so pure novice club forever.
I have no kite below.
It probably passed away somewhere.
Compar to current level of mine, I've walked away so long from that time.Ha-ha.
I can see I missed balance when pull the diagonals.
I can feel the shoulder of diagoanals are weaker.
Of course, below is not any skills exerted, pure kite following after Mr.Oh's instruction at that level.
I remember he told me...
Please, follow only my instruction at each stage..
Don't follow anybody's word except me, despite your word from inside you.
Till you reach certain level and cross over it.
I hardly understood he told me at that time..
Now, I think over his words and come to feel it's lucky to me.