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Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier!

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier!

I still have not set up the podcast feed, and there are still kinks to work out, but I want to stick as closely to my 1 episode per week goal as I can. Those of you who are married to itunes, the time draws nigh! For now though I just went for it without any notes or a script and minimal editing, which cut down dramatically on the time I needed to get it ready. Hopefully the quality of the recording and the show improves with every new release. Every episode from the first to the latest will be on a podcast feed for your convenience soon. In this episode I will talk about the first decade of Yi Sun-sin’s military career, the part that no one knows, but which is essential to his future as a Naval Commander. Remember those nomadic horse tribes (Mongolians et al.), well they are still lurking in the steppes to the north. Find out what Yi Sun-sin plans to do about their habit of raiding and pillaging indiscriminately! Here they come:

Korean Heroes - Nomadic peoples drawing

Just click on the link below to listen to Episode Two:

Yi Sun-sin: Episode 2 – To the Frontier

Thank you for visiting the site, your interest in Korean culture and for listening to the story of Yi Sun-sin!

The 과거 National Examinations: The Joseon 무과 Military Examination

The 과거 National Examinations: The Joseon 무과 Military Examination

In the first installment of the Yi Sun-sin series, I mentioned the 과거 -more specifically known as the 신녕무과 military examination, that Yi Sun-sin had to take twice because of a mishap during the third portion of the test, in which he had to demonstrate his horsemanship. I imagine the actual examination was a little less colourful and theatrical than what you will see in the video below, but you get the idea. For those of you unfamiliar with the challenges Yi Sun-sin faced both before and after he broke his leg, here is a short sample of a re-enactment from a present day traditional village:

Korean Horsemanship – Third Stage

 

Pilot Teaser

Pilot Teaser

Nanjung Ilgi (Yi Sun-Shin’s War Diary):

Korean Heroes - Nanjung Ilgi

Finally, a recording for my small audience to preview before I start the podcast feed. This is a short 6 minute sample of the pilot episode, which itself is a preview of what is to come. Any and all feedback is welcome. The full pilot will be published and available as soon as I get over this cold! Just click on the highlighted link below to listen and/or download:

Korean Heroes Pilot Sample