General Kim Duk Ryang


He was a Commander of the Royal Troops during the Yi Dynasty.  When the Japanese invasion broke out, he was appointed the position of army general.

In 1594, he was commissioned as the commander in chief, in charge of the Honam District and he succeeded in defending the Honam District from the Japanese invasion.

General Kim Duk Ryang attacked and destroyed various Japanese camps with another commander, General Ja Woo Kwak.  The Japanese soldiers were so afraid of General Kim Duk Ryang, that they nicknamed him “Ho-Ik” (tiger wing) because of his bravery.

In 1595, he was arrested in connection with the killing of a slave girl, but was released by the Kings order.  General Kim Duk Ryang was later poisoned and died, because of his involvement in the rebellion of Mong Hak Lee, but later his name was freed of any dishonor by the King for his involvement.

“Choong-Jang” was the pseudonym given to General Kim Duk Ryang, who lived during the Yi Dynasty (15th. century).  This form ends with a left hand attack to symbolize the tragedy of his death at the age of 27 in prison, before he was able to reach full maturity.