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1st Kup

Choong Moo Tul

Choong Moo was the name given to the great admiral Yi Sun Sin of the Yi Dynasty. In 1592 he was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson), which is said to be the precursor of today's modern day submarine. The reason the patterns end in a left hand attack is to symbolise his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by his forced reservation to his loyalty to the King.

Choong Moo consists of 30 movements.

In Depth Knowledge

The Kobukson, known as  the Turtle Ship, was the first ironclad warship in the world, first used around 1592.

The ship was unparalleled in terms of firepower and mobility, boasting numerous canons and even flame throwers. It proved instrumental in achieving victory in the sea battles under Admiral Yi. Described as a sea tank, it was capable of sinking large numbers of enemy vessels, and so did much to maintain the morale of Korean sailors, so often outnumbered by  the vast fleets of the Japanese navy.

A replica of a Kobukson can be found in the British Maritime Museum.

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