26 July 2009

Won-Hyo Teul

Won-Hyo was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686.

I've written an article on Won-Hyo in last year's edition of "The Sidekick", which you can download from eSAITF's Files-section. You can read a description of the movements here.

Below are YouTube-videos of Won-Hyo Teul as performed by Jaroslaw Suska and, according to hearsay, Gen. Choi's adopted daughter.

19 July 2009

Do-San Teul

Do-San is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1878-1938). The 24 movements represent his entire life which he devoted to furthering the education of Korea and its independence movement.

You can also read a short history of Ahn Chang-Ho's life at TKDTutor.Com. Read a description of the movements here.

Below are YouTube-videos of Do-San Teul as performed by Jaroslaw Suska and Mike Morningstar.

17 July 2009

Hwang Su-Il

(Are you looking for information on Master Hwang Su-Il's gym in Japan? See this post.) 

I've met Master Hwang Su-Il on one or two occasions and found him to be a very friendly and humble person. During one formal occasion he quickly noticed that I do not drink (I'm a teetotaller), so he helped me out in a sticky situation: alcohol is a very integrative part in Korean social life and often at such formal events, a lot of toasting and drinking occurs. If you do not participate, it might be seen as an insult to your guests. First, he indicated to me to allow someone to pour me a drink, and to use this glass to toast with. Then he immediately ordered me some sodas and tea to drink.

Hwang Su-Il is Japanese-Korean; he is Korean but was born in Japan -- 3rd generation -- and still lives there. You might be more familiar with him as the character Hwoarang in the Tekken-game series. He was used for the first motion capture of this fighting game character, introduced in Tekken 3.

My instructor here in Korea told me earlier this week that there is a possibility that Hwang Su-Il will be the chief examiner on the panel to test me for 4th Dan, around September/October. Of course this makes me a little nervous, since the Japanese standard is exceptionally high.

Below is a YouTube-video of Hwang Su-Il in action.

Dan Gun Teul

Dan-Gun is named after the holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year of 2,333 B.C.

You can read a description of the movements here. Below are YouTube-videos of Dan-Gun Teul, as performed by Jaroslaw Suska and from The Legacy.

Chon-Ji Teul

Chon-Ji means literally "the Heaven the Earth". It is, in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, it is the initial pattern played by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts; one to represent the Heaven and the other the Earth.

Chon-Ji Teul as performed by Jaroslaw Suska and Master Phap Lu.

Saju Jirugi & Saju Makgi

Saju Jirugi (Four Direction Punch) and Saju Makgi (Four Direction Block) as performed by Mike Morningstar.