Toi-Gye

Toi-Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th Century), an authority on neo-Confucianism. The 37 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on 37 degrees latitude, the diagram represents “scholar”.

37 Movements

READY POSTURE: Closed Ready Stance B

The illustration for this pattern assumes that the student is standing on the AB line and facing D.

  • 1. Move the left foot to B forming a right L-stance toward B while executing a middle block to B with the left inner forearm.
  • 2. Execute a low thrust to B with the right upset finger tip while forming a left walking stance toward B, slipping the left foot to B.
  • 3. Bring the left foot to the right foot to form a closed stance toward D while executing a side back strike to C with the right back fist, extending the left arm to the side downward. “Perform in slow motion.”
  • 4. Move the right foot to A forming a left L-stance toward A while executing a middle block to A with the right inner forearm.
  • 5. Execute a low thrust to A with the left upset finger tip while forming a right walking stance toward A, slipping the right foot to A.
  • 6. Bring the right foot to the left foot to form a closed stance toward D while executing a side back strike to C with the left back fist, extending the right arm to the side downward. Perform in slow motion.
  • 7. Move the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a pressing block with an X-fist.
  • 8. Execute a high vertical punch to D with a twin fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Perform 7 and 8 in a continuous motion.
  • 9. Execute a middle front snap kick to D with the right foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 8.
  • 10. Lower the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
  • 11. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  • 12. Bring the left foot to the right foot forming a closed stance toward F while executing a twin side elbow thrust. Perform in slow motion.
  • 13. Move the right foot to F in a stamping motion forming a sitting stance toward C while executing a W-shape block to C with the right outer forearm.
  • 14. Move the left foot to F in a stamping motion turning clockwise to form a sitting stance toward D while executing a W-shape block to D with the left outer forearm.
  • 15. Move the left foot to E in a stamping motion turning clockwise to form a sitting stance toward C while executing a W-shape block to C with the left outer forearm.
  • 16. Move the right foot to E in a stamping motion turning counter clockwise to form a sitting stance toward D while executing a W-shape block to D with the right outer forearm.
  • 17. Move the left foot to E in a stamping motion turning clockwise to form a sitting stance toward C while executing a W-shape block to C with the left outer forearm.
  • 18. Move the left foot to F in a stamping motion turning clockwise to form a sitting stance toward D while executing a W-shape block to D with the left outer forearm.
  • 19. Bring the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to D forming a right L-stance toward D while executing a low pushing block to D with the left double forearm.
  • 20. Extend both hands upward as if to grab the opponent’s head while forming a left walking stance toward D, slipping the left foot to D.
  • 21. Execute an upward kick with the right knee while pulling both hands downward.
  • 22. Lower the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to C forming a right L-stance toward C while executing a middle guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  • 23. Execute a low side front snap kick to C with the left foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 22.
  • 24. Lower the left foot to C forming a left walking stance toward C while executing a high thrust to C with the left flat finger tip.
  • 25. Move the right foot to C forming a left L-stance toward C while executing a middle guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  • 26. Execute a low side front snap kick to C with the right foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 25.
  • 27. Lower the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a high thrust to C with the right flat finger tip.
  • 28. Move the right foot to D forming a right L-stance toward C while executing a side back strike to D with the right back fist and a low block to C with the left forearm.
  • 29. Jump to C forming a right X-stance toward A while executing a pressing block with an X-fist.
    KIHAP
  • 30. Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a high block to C with the right double forearm.
  • 31. Move the left foot to B forming a right L-stance toward B while executing a low guarding block to B with a knife-hand.
  • 32. Execute a circular block to BD with the right inner forearm while forming a left walking stance toward B, slipping the left foot to B.
  • 33. Bring the left foot to the right foot and then move the right foot to A forming a left L-stance toward A, at the same time executing a low guarding block to A with a knife-hand.
  • 34. Execute a circular block to AD with the left inner forearm while forming a right walking stance toward A, slipping the right foot to A.
  • 35. Execute a circular block to CE with the right inner forearm while forming a left walking stance toward CE.
  • 36. Execute a circular block to AD with the left inner forearm while forming a right walking stance toward A.
  • 37. Move the right foot on line AB to form a sitting stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
    SHOUT: TOI-GYE
  • END: Bring the right foot back to Closed Ready Stance B.
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