Woo-Nam Hyung (U-Nam) Tul – 雲南型- 失傳的跆拳道黑帶二段拳法 (The Lost Pattern) [updated Jan 06, 2018]

Woo Nam Hyung {U-NAM} (the lost pattern) was created prior to 1959 apparently to honor and gain favor with the former President Syngman Rhee (whose pen name was U-Nam), who was the first President of Korea until he was forced to resign due to nationwide massive student protests in 1960. Dr. Rhee fled and lived out the rest of his life in Hawaii in exile.

(Woo -Nam)U-Nam was a “lost” or “forgotten” Pattern created by General Choi Hong Hi, the Principle Founder of the Original or Military Self Defense Taekwon-Do. The form or hyung, as they called them in those days, was finalized by 1959. Pattern U-Nam was researched by Dr. George Vitale, VIII Degree from NYC, USA. During his many years of extensive research he was advised of its creation by Grandmaster “CK” Choi (Chang Keun), a Founding Member of the ITF.

Black Belt Fitness for Life A 7-Week Plan to Achieve Lifelong Wellness By Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang and Michael Imperioli

Commentary from 1martialart: GM Tae Sung Kang’ dojang (Worth Street) is adjacent to my downtown Manhattan apartment (Broadway Road/White Street) where I was staying from 2005 to 2010 during my internship at the immigration law firm nearby. I did pay at visit to the dojang and we exchanged some pleasantries in our brief conversation.


Basically his teachings and Chang Hon patterns were very much traditional in the application of movements similar to those taught by Gen Choi and his ITF Instructors during the 1960s, and 1970s. Alot of hard movement, and ‘sine wave’ techniques were hardly introduced.

The dojang is well equipped with well to do student membership in all the other dojangs around NY.

“There’s something to martial arts and especially the way Grandmaster Kang teaches it that addresses not just the body and fitness, but addresses the mind and addresses your approach to life.” —from the foreword by Michael Imperioli, award-winning actor

In Black Belt Fitness for Life, Grandmaster Tae Sun Kang applies his four decades of experience to guide you through an innovative method of fitness using Taekwondo principles. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran to stretching and exercise, you can easily follow Grandmaster Kang’s 7-week routine based on the belt system of Taekwondo, an ancient Korean martial art. With each week of the regimen, you will learn new skills and techniques that culminate in mastery of the techniques necessary to continue exercising and eating right for life.

Through the use of Taekwondo stretches and movements, this black belt “Combined Dynamic Stretching” method will improve your flexibility and balance, stamina and strength, as well as your focus and mental health. You’ll stretch multiple parts of your body at the same time, improving circulation and building mental strength while warming up to minimize injuries. As part of his holistic approach to health and fitness, Grandmaster Kang also outlines an eating plan designed to help you lose weight naturally. Unlike extreme diets and workouts that emphasize drastic results quickly, the Grandmaster’s approach is a balanced, easy-to-follow, and—most importantly—realistic plan designed for your life.

Friend and longtime student of Grandmaster Kang, actor Michael Imperioli wrote the foreword for the book and shares his experience in training under Grandmaster, as well as the benefits he has received in following Grandmaster’s philosophy.

T Kang Taekwondo – Grandmaster Kang