A legendary Korean general Kim Yoo-Sin who became a Hwa Rang at the age of 15 and was an accomplished swordsman and a
Kuk-Son by the time he was 18 years old. By the age of 34 he had been given the command of the Silla armed forces. He is regarded as
the driving force in the unification of the Korean peninsula and the most famous of all the generals in the unification wars. Kim Yoo-Sin
was active on all fronts in the wars, and at several times simultaneously conducted battles against both Paekche and Koguryo. He
defeated the great Paekche general Gae-Baek in the battle in which Gae-Back was killed. Once, while Silla was allied with China against
Paekche, a heated argument began between Kim Yoo-Sin's commander and a Chinese general. As the argument escalated into a
potentially bloody confrontation, the sword of Kim Yoo-Sin was said to have leaped from its scabbard into his hand. Because the sword
of a warrior was believed to be his soul, this occurrence so frightened the Chinese general blat he immediately apologized to the Silla
officers. Incidences such as this kept the Chinese in awe of the Hwa Rang. In later years when asked by the Chinese emperor to attack
Silla, the Chinese generals claimed that although Silla was small, it could not be defeated. Kim Yoo-Sin lived to the age of 79 and is
considered one of Korea's most famous generals. He had five sons, who along with his wife, contributed great deeds to the historical
records of the Hwa Rang.
Movements - 68
Pattern Meaning
YOO-SIN is named after General Kim Yoo Sin, a commanding
general during the Silla Dynasty. The 68 movements refer to the
last two figures of 668 A.D., the year Korea was united. The ready
posture signifies a sword drawn on the right rather than left side,
symbolizing Yoo Sin's mistake of following his Kings' orders to
fight with foreign forces against his own nation.