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The Forms: Toi Gye

Toi Gye is the penname of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (1501-1570), also known as Swan Lee. [Toi Gye Diagram] In 1534 Toi Gye passed the national civil service examination, and was eventually appointed to the highest position in the civil service. He later resigned and returned to his hometown, where he became a scholar. He founded the Do San Learning Institute where he spent the rest of his life educating his young disciples and developing many intellectual theories. His interpretation of Confucianism (Joo Ja Hak), known as Toi Gye Hak, is today the subject of study in both the western and eastern worlds. The 37 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on the 37th parallel, and the diagram ± represents the character for the word “scholar.” Click HERE for more information on Toi Gye and HERE on more information about Neo-Confucianism.

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Don’t forget to KI-YUP! on the back-fist and the final movement of the form!

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