Ancient martial arts protected kingdom with grace
In the square in front of Sinpungno, one of the fortress gates, a unit of warriors brandishes glittering swords in a sophisticated and dignified manner. The detachment upholds the principle of Muye24gi, 24 techniques of Korean traditional martial arts.
He also ordered Gen. Yi Duk-moo to organize Muye24gi, which consists of 18 techniques used on the ground and six on horseback. In 1790, the 24 techniques were compiled into “MuyeDoboTongji,” a comprehensive, illustrated guide.
There are instructions on the handling of weapons like a long bamboo spear, fighting using two swords, standing upside down on a horse and unarmed fighting.
The martial arts are demonstrated every day except Monday at 11 a.m. by performers at Sinpungno.
By Park sang moon [email@example.com]
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