Hello and welcome back everyone! We're hoping you had a blast this summer holiday. We have many projects on the front burner and we can't wait to start kicking.
The most remarkable project at this moment is the following:
The Centre for Korean Studies of the Leiden University
and the Korean Institute for Martial Arts present a
Master Class by Dr. Bok Kyu Choi: “An Introduction to the Classic Korean Sword”
Date and time: 20 September, 2008, from 10:30 to 15:30 hrs.
Location theory class: Room 147 in the Lipsius Building, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden.
(download directions at http://letteren.leidenuniv.nl/adres_faculteit_1.jsp)
Location practice class: Fencing hall of the Universitair Sportcentrum Leiden,
(download directions at http://www.sport.leidenuniv.nl/index.php3?m=82&c=175)
Part I - Theory class 10:30 to 12: 00
After this theory class you will:
1) be able to distinguish Korean swordsmanship from Japanese and Chinese swordsmanship;
2) be able to identify different types of Korean swords by their proper names and appreciate the craftsmanship of Korean swords;
3) be familiar with the Korean swordsmanship classics Chosŏn Sebŏp and Ponguk kŏm;
4) be able to summarize the origins of Korean swordsmanship and its historical context.
Korean lunch served at the Lipsius Building 12:15 – 13:00
Part II - Practice class 13:30 to 15:30
After this practise class you will have experienced:
1) the standards in basic stances and movements for swordsmanship;
2) the four ‘mother techniques’ of the sword and their hierarchy;
3) yungno to-pŏp: the six basic routines of the classic Korean sword;
4) the ancient energy activating exercises specifically for swordsmanship.
Eligible for registration: Korean martial arts professionals: masters and (assistant) instructors from 1st dan and higher.
Participation fee: € 85,- including vat, Korean lunch and syllabus.
Registration: forms available on request with Mrs. J. van der Hoff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The speaker: Dr. Bok Kyu Choi, born in 1969 in Seoul, attained a master’s degree of Seoul National University with a thesis on the reconstitution of Korean Traditional Martial Arts and its significance today. He obtained a Ph.D. at Seoul National University with a dissertation on the Historical Background of the compilation of the Muyedobot’ongji and the discourse on the martial arts. He publishes with the Ehwa University Press, the Seoul National University Press and the Korean national newspapers Chosun Ilbo and the Munhwa Ilbo.