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    I have been assigned a paper on Tong Il which is way above my rank. The paper is academic and I have gotten a short extension. Any help would be appreciated.

    I know the standard definition of Tong Il.

    Tong Il denotes the unification of Korea which has been divided into two.
    The diagram represents the homogenous race.

    I have the definition of why there is 24 forms.

    The Reason for 24 Patterns
    The life of a human being, perhaps 100 years, can be considered as a
    day when compared with eternity.Therefore, we mortals are no more than
    simple travelers who pass by the eternal years of an eon in a day. It
    is evident that no one can live more than a limited amount of time.
    Nevertheless, most people foolishly enslave themselves to materialism
    as if they could live for thousands of years. And some people strive
    to bequeath a good spiritual legacy for coming generations, in this
    way, gaining immortality. Obviously, the spirit is perpetual while
    material is not; therefore, what we can do to leave behind something
    for the welfare of mankind is, perhaps, the most important thing in
    our lives.

    Here I leave Taekwon-Do for mankind as a trace of man of the late 20th
    century. The 24 patterns represent 24 hours, one day, or all my life.
    The name of the pattern, the number of movements, and the diagrammatic
    symbol of each pattern symbolizes either heroic figures in Korean
    history or instances relating to historical events.
    General Choi, Hong Hi

    I have academic papers that I can use to support the concept of a
    unified Korea. I have non-TKD related information about the Korean
    homogenous race.

    I have been told that the certain moves have meaning such as:

    #1 = 1 Country
    #2 = Divided
    #3 Suddenly attacked

    #38 = Breaking the 38th Parallel.

    The different stamping moves denotes the frustration over the country
    being divided.

    I have been told by different GMs that Tong Il is:

    1. The last form and to be considered the last form.


    2. Tong Il is the summation of all of one's TKD training.

    Several GMs and Masters have stated that by the time one reaches Tong
    Il that the importance is not the Taekwon but rather the Do. One
    should have the meanings of what TKD stands for and how one should
    live (be living?).

    The first of these puts Taekwon Do as a more physical with much more
    practicality. The second seems to be more of an ethical understanding
    of what Taekwon Do is (oh, my particular interests is ethics so I may
    have clouded thinking there but I have this whole idea about
    Aristotlean virtue ethics and Chang Hon Taekwon Do but I digress).

    Do you know anything that I might add? Did General Choi ever talk
    about Tong Il either from a practical point of view of how to perform
    it? or just about the ramifications of what it stood for?

    It Tong Il is indeed the totality of one's formal TKD training then is
    there anything you would add to this idea? or anything that General
    Choi talked about. I have access to most of the books (Master
    Mitchell's, Mr. Anslow's, the encyclopedia al.). If there is
    anything else that perhaps I should look into then let me know. I
    have to admit that I went through the forum at Kidokwan .

    I think at this point I am looking for anything that isn't in a book
    or article (though please let me know of any books or articles that
    you think I should read) but more of a personal reflection of Tong Il,
    Chang Hon, or General Choi (in reference to Tong Il or Chang Hon).
    Truth be told I would take any little of sliver of information at
    this point.

    I have an understanding of where this paper is going and I am down to
    the crunch of writing it. However this is just the beginning of my
    inquiry into this topic. I should be testing for my 2nd dan this
    summer so perhaps this inquiry will take the next 20 years as I work
    my way toward Tong Il.