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10th Kup/Gup White Belt
SAJO-JIRUGI means four directional punch.
SAJO-MAKGI means four directional block.
Sajo-Jirugi comprises of fifteen moves and Sajo-Makgi seventeen moves to help you learn body movement, angles and positioning of blocks.
You will start to learn basic stances (parallel stance and walking stance). This begins to strengthen the leg muscle groups that, as you develop, will be used to obtain powerful and fast kicking techniques...
Treat all those involved in your grading with courtesy and respect. Fellow students, instructors, examiners and spectators are the obvious ones but what about Sport Centre staff or janitors etc, they are just as important as your fellow TKD practitioners.
One of the best tools you can use to enhance your techniques is a...
5 Tenets of Tae Kwon-Do
Courtesy (ye ui)
Integrity (yom chi)
Perseverance ( in nae)
Self Control (kuk gi)
Indomitable Spirit (baekjool)
General Choi Hong Hi
The Father of Tae Kwon-Do
(9 November 1918 – 15 June 2002) .
General Choi was born in Hwa Dae, in what is now North Korea. Choi's
father sent him to study calligraphy under Han I l Dong, who was also "a
master of Taek Kyon, the ancient Korean art of foot fighting". Choi later
travelled to Japan, where he studied English, mathematics and
9th Kup/Gup Yellow Stripe
It is said that General Choi, Hong-Hi named the pattern after the lake because the water is so clear and calm that you can literally see the Heaven meeting the Earth...
Tae Kyon ( also called Subak) is considered the earliest known form of TKD. Paintings from this time period have been found on the ceiling of a royal tomb from the Koguryo dynasty. The paintings show unarmed people using techniques that are very similar to the ones used in TKD today...
History of TKD
The earliest records of Taekwondo pract ice date back to about 50 B.C.
During this t ime, Korea was divided into three kingdoms:
Silla, which was founded on the Kyongju plain in 57 B.C.;
Koguryo, founded in the Yalu River Valley in 37 B.C.
and Baekje (Paekche), founded in the South Western area of the Korean
peninsula in 18 B.C.
8th Kup/Gup Yellow Belt
the night is yin and the day is yang; the winter is yin and the summer is yang.
Yin and yang are relative. Yin and yang are opposite and struggle with each other while they cooperate in harmony. The upper half circle, red, of Taeguk means yang and the lower half circle, blue, means yin. They stand for the state of harmony of yin and yang. The white colour of background stands for the peace and the purity of the Korean people.
A tiger and a bear prayed to Hwanung that they might become human.
Upon hearing their prayers, Hwanung gave them 20 cloves of garlic and a
bundle of mugwort, ordering them to eat only this sacred food and
remain out of the sunlight for 100 days...
7th Kup/Gup Green Stripe
In 1932 Ahn, Chang-Ho was arrested by the Japanese following a bombing carried out by Yun, Pong-Gil in Shanghai.
Yun had thrown a bomb at a ceremony in Hingkew Park killing and injuring several Japanese officials including the top Japanese military officer in China, General Shirakawa, who also died a few days later from his injuries.
Yun was arrested at the scene of the bombing and taken to Japan to be executed by firing squad on December 19, 1932.
Although Ahn himself was not involved in the bombing he was placed in prison in Taejon. After briefly being released he was arrested again by the Japanese police and stayed in prison until 1938 when, in poor health, he was allowed to leave the prison on bail. He died in a hospital in Seoul on 10 March 1938.
6th Kup/Gup Green Belt
The name given to him at birth was Sol Sedang. He took the pen name Won-Hyo (meaning "dawn") from his nickname, "Sedak" (also meaning "dawn").
Won-Hyo grew up surrounded by civil war. The Koguryo, Silla and Baekje kingdoms were at war and it was not until 677 that the Silla dynasty unified Korea.
Legends suggest that Won-Hyo took part in these bloody civil wars and saw many of his friends killed. It was this that drove him to turn his back on violence and become a monk. Most sources agree that he became a monk at the age of 20.
It is said that "One evening as Won-Hyo was crossing the desert, he
stopped at a small patch of green where there were a few t rees and some
water. He went to sleep. Toward midnight he awoke, very thirsty. It was
pitch-dark. He groped along on all fours, searching for water. At last his
hand touched a cup on the ground. He picked it up and drank. Then he
bowed deeply, in grat itude to Buddha for the gift of water.
The next morning Won-Hyo woke up and saw beside him what he had
taken for a cup. It was a shattered skull, blood-caked and with shreds of
flesh still stuck to the cheek-bones. Strange insects crawled or floated on
the surface of the filthy rainwater inside it.