Kwang-Gae

Kwang-Gae is one of the 1st degree black belt patterns.KWANG-GAE is named after the famous Kwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria. The diagram represents the expansion and recovery of lost territory. The 39 movements refer to the first two figures of 391 A. D., the year he came to the throne.

In depth knowledge:

This pattern is named after the 19th king of the Koguryo Dynasty, Kwang Gae T'O Wang. Kwang Gae was renowned for his boldness and ambition during his youth and once he succeded the throne of his father, he undertook the task of regaining lost territories and through many conquests he expanded the land holdings of the great Koguryo Dynasty.

According to his great tombstone, 64 castles and 1400 villages were attacked and conquered during his reign.

His philosophy of expansion was inherited by his son, King Jang Soo Wang, the 20th Koguryo ruler. Jang Soo strengthened the army, invaded nearby nations and further expanded the Koguryo Dynasty, making it into a great empire.

Kwang Gae was born in 347AD and was crowned in 391AD aged 17. He died in 413AD aged just 39.

Hanulson- Heaven hands:

Legend has it that King Kwang Gae stood upon a hill and gazed through his hands towards heaven, asking the Gods for a quick and successful battle, When the enemy armies came over the horizon the king thrust his hands apart to signal the start of the battle.