Black Belt Pattern Information


I Dan to II Dan

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Kwang-Gae Kwang-Gae is named after the famous Kwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the previously lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria.   The diagram for this pattern represents the expansion and recovery of this lost territory.   The 39 movements refer to the first two figures of 391 A. D., the year he came to the throne.
Movements = 39
Diagram = Expansion & recovery

Po-Eun Po-Eun is the pseudonym of the loyal subject and famous poet Chong Mong-Chu (1400).   His poem "I Would Not Serve A Second Master Though I Might Be Crucified A Hundred Times" is known to every Korean.   He was also a pioneer in the field of physics.   The diagram represents his unerring loyalty to his king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty.
Movements = 36
Diagram = Horizontal line

Gae-Baek Gae-Baek is named after Ge-Baek, a great general in the Baek-Je Dynasty (660 AD).   The diagram for this pattern represents his severe and strict military discipline.
Movements = 44
Diagram = Vertical line


II Dan to III Dan

Eui-Am Eui-Am is the pseudonym of Son Byong Hi, leader of the Korean Independence Movement on March 1, 1919.   The 45 movements of this pattern refer to his age when he changed the name of Dong Hak (Oriental culture) to Chondo Kyo (Heavenly Way Religion) in 1905.   The diagram for this pattern represents his indomitable spirit which he displayed while dedicating himself to the prosperity of his nation.
Movements = 45
Diagram = Vertical line

Choong-Jang Choong-Jang is the pseudonym given to General Kim Duk Ryang who lived during the YiDynasty, 14th century.   This pattern ends in a left-hand attack to symbolize the tragedy of his death, in prison at the age of 27, before he was able to reach full maturity.
Movements = 52
Diagram = Upside-down capital T

Juche Juche is a philosophical idea that man is the master of everything and decides everything.   In other words, it is the idea that man is the master of the world and his own destiny.  It is said that this idea was rooted in Baekdu Mountain, which symbolizes the spirit of the Korean people.   The diagram represents Baekdu mountain.
Movements = 45
Diagram = Sign for Baekdu Mountain



III Dan to IV Dan

Sam-Il Sam-Il denotes the historical date of the Independence Movement of Korea which began throughout the country on March 1 1919.  The 33 movements in this pattern stand for the 33 patriots who planned the movement.
Movements = 33
Diagram = Plus sign

Yoo-Sin Yoo-Sin is named after General Kim Yoo-Sin, a commanding general during the Silla Dynasty.   The 68 movements in this pattern refer to the last two figures of 668 A.D., the year that the three kingdoms of Korea were united.   The ready posture signifies a sword drawn on the right rather than on the left side. This symbolizes Yoo-Sin's mistake of following his king's orders to fight with foreign forces against his own nation.
Movements = 68
Diagram = Capital I with "v's" at the top and bottom and the vertical line extended beyond the top and bottom

Choi-Yong Choi-Yong is named after General Choi Yong, Premier and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces during the 14th century Koryo Dynasty.   Choi Yong was greatly respected for his loyalty, patriotism, and humility.   He was executed by his subordinate commanders headed by general Yi Sung-Gae. General Yi later became the first king of the Yi Dynasty.
Movements = 46
Diagram = Plus sign


IV Dan to V Dan

Yon-Gae Yon-Gae is named after a famous general during the Koguryo Dynasty, Yon-Gae Somoon.   The 49 movements of this pattern refer to the last two figures of 649 A.D., the year he forced the Tang Dynasty to quit its invasion of Korea after he destroyed nearly 300,000 of their troops at Ansi Sung.
Movements = 49
Diagram = Plus sign

Ul-Ji Ul-Ji is named after general Ul-Ji Moon-Dok who successfully defended Korea against a Tang's invasion force of nearly one million soldiers led by Yang Je in 612 A.D.   General Ul-Ji, employing hit and run guerilla tactics, was able to decimate a large percentage of the force.   The diagram for this pattern represents his surname.   The 42 movements in this pattern represent General Choi's age when he designed this pattern.
Movements = 42
Diagram = Left stair step

Moon-Moo Moon-Moo honors the 30th king of the Silla Dynasty.   His dead body was buried near Dae Wang Am (Great King's Rock).   According to his will, the body was placed in the sea "Where my soul shall forever defend my land against the Japanese."   It is said that the Sok Gul Am (Stone Cave) was built to guard his tomb.   The Sok Gul Am is a fine example of the culture of the Silla Dynasty.   The 61 movements in this pattern symbolize the last two figures of 661 A.D. when Moon Moo came to the throne.
Movements = 61
Diagram = Plus sign


V Dan to VI Dan

So-San So-San is the pseudonym of the great monk Choi Hyong-Ung who lived during the Yi Dynasty (1520-1604).   The 72 movements of this pattern refer to his age when he organized a corps of monk soldiers with the assistance of his pupil Sa Myunh-Dang.   The monk soldiers helped repulse the Japanese pirates who overran most of the Korean peninsula in 1592.
Movements = 72
Diagram = Plus sign

Se-Jong Se-Jong is named after the greatest Korean king, Se-Jong, who invented the Korean alphabet in 1443, and was a noted meteorologist.   The diagram for this pattern represents the king, while the 24 movements in the pattern refer to the 24 letters of the Korean alphabet.
Movements = 24
Diagram = King sign


VI Dan to VII Dan

Tong-Il Tong-Il denotes the resolution of the unification of Korea which has been divided since 1945.   The diagram symbolizes the homogenous race.
Movements = 56
Diagram = Vertical line

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