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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

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The Forms: Hwa Rang

Hwa Rang is named after the Hwa Rang Do, a National Institute sponsoring a youth group which originated in the Silla Dynasty during the Three Kingdoms era, which extended from 18 BC to 918 AD. Hwa Rang means “flower of youth.” [Hwa Rang Diagram] The group was formed to cultivate moral and patriotic ideals among

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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.

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The Forms: Chung Gun

Chung Gun (Joong Gun) is named after the patriot Ahn Chung Gun (1879-1910). [Chung Gun Diagram] On October 26, 1905, when Korea had been invaded and colonized by Japan, Ahn Chung Gun sneaked into the Halbin railroad station, which was then under heavy security, and assassinated Hirobumi Ito, who had stopped there on his way

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The Forms: Yul Gok

Yul Gok is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584 AD) nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea.” [Yul Gok Diagram] He was so brilliant that he passed the national civil service examination at the age of 13. He participated in national affairs and held various government appointments. Later on, he resigned from

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The Forms: Won Hyo

Won Hyo was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 AD. [Won Hyo Diagram] He was recognized as a great scholar by the Tang Dynasty of China, although he never studied there, and was highly respected by the people of Korea. Won Hyo hated the idea of different

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The Forms: Do San

Do San is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang Ho (1876-1938). [Do San Diagram] A farmer’s son, he became a member of the “Independence Association” at the age of 18. This association was formed to promote independence, to reform domestic affairs, and to reduce dependence on foreign countries. In 1910, when the Yi Dynasty,

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The Forms: Dan Gun

Dan Gun is named after Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2333 BC. [*Note* This diagram does not match up 100% with our version. Make sure to perform a double knife-handed block on the first and third movements. Also, towards the end of the form, when performing a single knife-handed block, ensure

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The Forms: Basic One and Chon-Ji

Basic One is simply the first half of Chon Ji with a slight twist. On the eighth and final movement, the student is to KI-YUP! Basic One Form With Chon Ji, the student is to KI-YUP! on the 19th and final movement. Chon Ji in Korean means literally “Heaven and Earth”. It is, in the

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