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Kwang-Gae

November 29, 2006

The tae kwon do form known as kwang-gae is named after Kwan-Gae-Toh-Wan, the 19th king of the Koguryo dynasty, who reclaimed all of the lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria. The pattern represents the expansion and recovery of lost territory and the 39 movements refer to the first two characters of 391 (A.D.), the year he came to the throne.

In case you were curious.

You can see all the other tae kwon do forms I know here. There’s also a good wikipedia article about them here.

Incidentally, when you’re perusing the article about tae kwon do itself, check out the photo of the guy breaking the concrete paving bricks. That’s one of my instructors, Mr. Duke Lee of J. K. Lee Black Belt Academy (no relation).

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