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Blue Belt Syllabus
Pattern:- Joong Gun tul (32 movements).
Joong Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong Gun who assassinated Hiro Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governeor-general of Korea, who played a leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. The 32 movements in this pattern represent Ahn Joong Gun's age when he was executed at Lui-Shang prison in 1910.
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Origins of Joong Gun
Ahn Joong Gun was born in 1879 in the town of Hae-Ju in Hwang-Hae Province. When he grew up, he became a teacher and founded the Sam-Heung (three success) School. The Japanese occupation of Korea, however, meant that his school like many others came under great hardship.
In 1902, prompted by Russian army troops moving into the area of Manchuria, England formed an Anglo-Japenese Alliance, and a Russo-French Alliance was subsequently established in 1903, followed by French and Russian troops moving into Northern Korea. Japan, seeing this as a threat to their intention to claim Korea for the Japanese Empire, Japan initiated a naval attack on the Russians, and, despite Korea claiming neutrality, invaded Korea.
Hiro Bumi Ito, Korea's first Japense governor-general, masterminded a plan for the long term occupation of Korea, forcing its government to sign a Protectorate Treaty, giving Japan the legal right to occupy Korea. The Japanese forced all foreign delegations to leave Korea, and passed laws that allowed Korean land to be sold to the Japanese (although land was just taken anyway).
The Korean people, incensed by this, began anti-Japenese violence, but were crushed by the Japenese armed forces. Ppular violent unrest continued to spread, and Ahn Joong Gun formed his own small guerrilla movement in Manchuria, carrying out raids on the Manchuria-Korea border.
On October 26th, 1909, Hiro Bumi Ito had planned to meet with a Russian official in Manchuria to calm Russian fears over Japan's intentions to annex Manchuria and invade China. When Ito's train arrived on the day of the meeting, Ahn Joong-Gun was waiting for him, and shot Hiro Bumi Ito as he stepped off the train.
Ahn Joong-Gun was captured and imprisoned at Port Arthur, where he suffered five months of barbaric torture. At 10am on March 26, 1910, Ahn was finally executed at Lui-Shung prison at the age of 32.
Theory and Terminology
Closed ready stance B MOA JUNBI SOGI B
Reverse knifehand block SONKAL DUNG MAKGI
Rear foot stance DWIT BAL SOGI
Palm upward block SONBADAK OLLYO MAKGI Upward elbow strike WI PALKUP TAERIGI
Twin vertical punch SANG SEWO JURIGI
Twin upset punch SANG DWIJIBO JURIGI
X fist rising block KYOCHA JOOMUK CHOOKYO MAKGI
Twin palm pressing block SANG SONBADAK NOOLO MAKGI Closed stance turning punch MOA SOGI DOLLYO JURIGI
U shaped block DIGUTCHA MAKGI