Theory: 

  • Toi-Gye is the pen name of noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th Century), an authority on neo-Confucianism.
  • There are 37 movements in Toi Gye, they refer to his birth place on the 37 degree latitude and the diagram represent the scholar
  • Korean terminology (English then Korean): Kick = Chagi, Thrust = Tulgi, Pattern = Tul
  • The jump in Toi Gye is to avoid a low section attack (i.e a sweeping attack)
  • The colour red signifies danger, cautioning the wearer to exercise self-control - and for the opponent to stay away. 

Grading Requirements:

  • All patterns up to and including Toi Gye
  • 3 Step 1-10
  • 2 Step 1-8
  • 1 Step 1 & 2 (and two of your own)
  • Padwork 1-6 (Click HERE to see all padwork)

PATTERN: TOI GYE

TWO STEP SPARRING 7-8

ONE STEP SPARRING #1

ONE STEP SPARRING #2

History:

Neo-confucianism is a blend of three eastern philosophies - Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Philosophers around this time, blended ideas, ethics and principles to create a philosophy, belief system and code of ethics and behaviour that have become embedded into eastern culture, which still exists today.

Yi Hwang was the equivalent of Socrates of his time.

The understanding of neo-confucianism by Tae Kwon Do students is important as many of the ethics and values underpin our moral culture in martial arts.