Level Up! Vol. 9 9
Baduk was invented several thousands years ago. It was one of the Four Great accomplishments that a gentleman was expected to learn: Geomungo (traditional Korean zitherlike instrument), Baduk, calligraphy and painting. Baduk represented a high social standing. In the late 20th century the fast industrialization gave ordinary people time to enjoy leisure activities. Thus the high society's culture became a mass culture and one of the important leisures. Furthermore Baduk helps adults' mental health, children's mind, concentration and thinking ability. In the 1990s Korea became one of the strongest nations in the Baduk world, the Department of Baduk Studies was established, Baduk TV etc, were founded, the cultural and educational foundations for Baduk in Korea were laid. Especially when more people got to know that Baduk helps children's education, it became an activity in a special education program at elementary schools. All over Korea the number of Baduk schools increased.
I became interested in Baduk education, founded a Baduk school and taught many children for 15 years. In order to teach Baduk to children well, I went to Myongji University and graduated in Baduk Studies. I realized that systematic books for good education were missing. Nowadays the books consist of five levels (introduction, basics, beginners, intermediate and advanced level). The teacher can choose the proper books for their students. However, analysing the books showed that there are serious problems concerning the content and the level. In the same book some problems are too easy, others are too difficult. Like this it is not proper material for students, as it doesn't make students and teachers interested in Baduk.
I recognized, that systematic books are needed. During teaching and studying I collected material and published this book series to help children learning Baduk easily step by step. Even if the composition is not perfect, I hope my effort will help to develop Baduk education.
March, 2008 LEE Jae-Hwan
018 1. Finding the Key Stones
024 2. Capturing and Saving the Key Stones
030 3. Dansu and Then Capture
036 4. Taking and Choking the Weak Point
044 5. Kinds of Connections
052 6. Starpoint Joseki (Pattern) 3
060 7. Snapback by Hane
066 8. Where to Throw-in
072 9. Capturing Race
078 10. Making a False/Real Eye
084 11. Where to Make an Eye
090 12. Where to Take an Eye
096 13. Starpoint Joseki (Pattern) 4
106 14. Is a Cut/Hane/Block Possible?
118 15. Capturing Techniques
124 16. Be Careful with the Nose Attachment
130 17. Next Move
134 18. Life and Death & Capturing Race
142 19. How to play the Endgame
148 20. How to Answer