The Forms: Chung Mu

Chung Mu (1545-1598) was the given name of the great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin of the Yi Dynasty (1392 to 1910), also known as Admiral Soong Shin Lee of the Lee Dynasty. [Chung Mu Diagram] He was in charge of naval operations and was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson “turtle boat”) in 1592 AD, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. He anticipated a Japanese invasion, and in preparation had his armed forces trained for war. In 1592 when the Im Jin Uae Ran conflict broke out, Admiral Yi led the Kobukson against the Japanese invaders. His naval forces reigned supreme over the sea during the 7-year conflict. For this reason, he almost single-handedly protected his country. However, Admiral Yi was imprisoned and almost sentenced to death due to the plotting of his rival Won Keun, the Naval Commander in Kyong San District. Won Keun was killed during the battle, and the King reluctantly pardoned Admiral Yi and assigned him to the battlefield as a scholar because of the urgent need for his expertise. He wrote a book entitled “The Diary During the Conflict.” On November 8, 1598, Admiral Yi was shot to death during a sea battle against the Japanese Navy. He was 54. Admiral Yi showed true allegiance to his country, and had a noble character and excellent leadership ability. This pattern ends with a left hand attack to symbolize his regrettable death having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality or his complete loyalty to the King. This form has 30 movements.  Click HERE for more information on Chung Mu, HERE for more info on the House of Yi and HERE on the battleship designed by Chung Mu.

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