Adv. Purple – 36 movements
Chun-Gwen (or Joong-Gun) is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. Originally the kata had 32 movements to represent Mr. Ahn’s age when he was executed at Lui-Shung Prison in 1910.
Purple Belt – 36 movements
Yul-Gok is a pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea”. Originally the kata had 38 movements that refer to his birthplace on 38-degree latitude and the diagram of the pattern represents scholar.
Blue Belt – 27 movements
Toe-San is a pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-ho. The movements represent his entire life, which he devoted to furthering education in Korea and the Korean independence movement.
For example: If I wanted to remember to buy milk, a toilet roll, apples and batteries at the grocery store, I could make a vivid story in my head to remember this.
I would imagine going into the shop, where I milk a cow to get the milk, but someone has stuffed the apples up it’s behind, for which I’m going to need some tissue after I’ve extracted them with a device that runs on batteries.
Green Belt – 21 movements
Tan-Gun is named after the holy Dangun, the legendary founder of Korea in 2333 BC. All the punches in Tan-Gun are high section (at chin level), symbolising Dangun scaling a mountain.
I just came across this video of a young Japanese woman performing a Karate kata. Take note of her energy and power. You can see a lot of emotion I this young woman’s face. Also notice how she executes very quick movements with definitive pauses in between.
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