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Yul-Gok

Yul-Gok is a pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38-degree latitude and the diagram of the pattern represents scholar.

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Ready Position - Parallel Ready Stance Diagram for Won-Hyo

  1. Move the left foot to B forming a sitting stance toward D while extending the left fist to D horizontally.
  2. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D.
  3. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D. Perform 2 and 3 in a fast motion.
  4. Bring the left foot to the right foot and then move the right foot to A forming a sitting stance toward D while extending the right fist to D horizontally.
  5. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D.
  6. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D. Perform 5 and 6 in a fast motion.
  7. Move the right foot to Ad forming a right walking stance toward AD while executing a middle side block to AD with the right inner forearm.
  8. Execute a low front snap kick to AD with the left foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 7.
  9. Lower the left foot to AD forming a left walking stance toward AD while executing a middle punch to AD with the left fist.
  10. Execute a middle punch to AD with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward AD. Perform 9 and 10 in a fast motion.
  11. Move the left foot to BD forming a left walking stance toward BD at the same time executing a middle side block to BD with the left inner forearm.
  12. Execute a low front snap kick to BD with the right foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 11.
  13. Lower the right foot to BD forming a right walking stance toward BD while executing a middle punch to BD with the right fist.
  14. Execute a middle punch to BD with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward BD. Perform 13 and 14 in a fast motion.
  15. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the right palm while forming a right walking stance toward D, pivoting with the left foot.
  16. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the left palm while maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  17. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D. Execute 16 and 17 in a connecting motion.
  18. Move the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a middle hooking block to D with the left palm.
  19. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the right palm while maintaining a left walking stance toward D.
  20. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Execute 19 and 20 in a connecting motion.
  21. Move the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D at the same time executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
  22. Turn the face toward D forming a right bending ready stance A toward D.
  23. Execute a middle side piercing kick to D with the left foot.
  24. Lower the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while striking the left palm with the right front elbow.
    Ki-Hap
  25. Turn the face toward C forming a left bending ready stance A toward C.
  26. Execute a middle side piercing kick to C with the right foot.
  27. Lower the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while striking the right palm with the left front elbow.
    Ki-Hap
  28. Move the left foot to E forming a right L-stance toward E while executing a twin knife-hand block.
  29. Move the right foot to E forming a right walking stance toward E while executing a middle thrust to E with the right straight finger tip.
  30. Move the right foot to F turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward F while executing a twin knife-hand block.
  31. Move the left foot to F forming a left walking stance toward F while executing a middle thrust to F with the left straight finger tip.
  32. Move the left foot to C forming a left walking stance toward C while executing a high side block to C with the left outer forearm.
  33. Execute a middle punch to C with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward C.
  34. Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a high side block to C with the right outer forearm.
  35. Execute a middle punch to C with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward C.
  36. Jump to C forming a left X-stance toward B while executing a high side strike to C with the left back fist.
    Ki-Hap
  37. Move the right foot to A forming a right walking stance toward A at the same time executing a high block to A with the right double forearm.
  38. Bring the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B while executing a high block to B with the left double forearm.

END: Bring the left foot back to a ready posture.

Other Reources

Yul-Gok Tul performed by Jaroslaw Suska (5th Degree)

Official ITF video for Yul-Gok Tul

General Choi instructing Yul-Gok Tul

The History Behind "Yul Gok"

Yul Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea." The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38 degree latitude and the diagram represents a "scholar."

Yi I was born in Pukp'yong Village, Kangnung, Kangwon Province, on December 26, 1536. Yul-Gok became his pen name and he grew into a Confucian scholar, revered as the ‘Greatest Teacher in the East.'

By the age of seven, Yul-Gok had finished his lessons in the Confucian Classics. He became a chinsa (title conferred on scholars who passed the civil service examination in the literary department) at the age of 13.

In winter of that year he passed another civil service examination called Pyolsi with the highest marks. His excellent thesis on the subject of Ch'ondoch'aek struck all the examiners with great admiration. The thesis written by Yi I was a literary masterpiece interwoven with erudite knowledge of history and Confucian philosophy of politics, also reflecting his profound knowledge of Taoism, especially the philosophy of Chuang-tzu. It was when he turned 29 years of age that Yi I passed the higher civil service examination, and his government service started in that year.

His mother's death when he was 36 years old brought him deep sorrow. Many arguments arise on the question of Yul-Gok's temporary renunciation of the world by secluding himself on the Diamond Mountains. He may have thought after three years of lamentation that the Buddhist phrase, "life is transient," would ease his sorrow. He may have understood that the Confucian teaching, "Preserve your mind and nurture your nature," was synonymous with the Buddhist teaching, "Open your mind and see your nature." Finally, he may have regarded it as a pleasure simply to rest in the countryside, as it is said that a gentleman is fond of enjoying mountains and rivers.

Yul-Gok, at age 34, authored 'Tongho Mundap,' an eleven article treatise devoted to clarifying his conviction that righteous government could be realized even in his days, showing measures to achieve it and his aspirations for it. In September of the year he turned 40 years of age, he authored ‘Sohak Chibyo' (The Essentials of Confucianism), which can be rated as a most valuable book showing examples for a good Confucian life. The Yul-Gok Chonjip (The Complete Works of Yul-Gok) was compiled after his death on the basis of the writings he bequeathed.



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