Choong-Moo: "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will just be the beginning."

Choong-Moo meaning Loyalty-Chivalry was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. Born in 1545, Yi Soon-Sin was considered a master naval tactician and was largely responsible for the defeat of the Japanese in 1592 and 1598. He has often been compared to Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson of England. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson - or turtle-boat) in 1592, which was the precursor of the present day submarine.

Movements: 30

The reason this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolise his regrettable death, having had no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality, checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King.

List of set sparring required for this grading.

Three step 1-10

Two step    1-8

Syllabus one step 1-4

Student’s own one step 4, one with a take down

Kicking one step 1 x front kick , 1 x turning





Yi Sun Sin is an incredibly important character in human history known for his strength of character and courage. For more information on his contribution to Korean history, visit the official Korean website

The significance of the pattern finishing with a left hand attack can be explained as follows: Most people are right handed so the insinuation is that a left hand attack is somehow weaker and less effective than a right hand attack -indicating "holding back" or some form of restraint and curtailing of strength.

Despite all the obstacles put into Yi Sun Sin's way during his life, the mistrust of him by the King and the betrayal by his peers, despite no wrongdoing on his part, his courage, grace, humility and loyalty to those who betrayed him earned him many posthumous titles and recognition. His life was viewed to have been short of what he could have achieved and therefore he was recognised as never having been allowed to reach his full potential.