Within an hour we arrived at Pekkadam, Panmun County, where the command of the police was.
The command department is located at the foot of Jinbongsan at an altitude of about 1,000 meters. Desolate and murderous, it was enough to terrify recruits who were not familiar with the army.
In some places, the training ground was spread, and behind the scenes were signs of slogans that had never been seen before. Both complained violently that they would die for unification.
That is not all. The moans of Kuk Sul Do and soldiers who trained in bayonet skills, whipping into the body, were running through the valleys of Pekkadam in the wind, probably because they were training all night.
Kuk Sul Do is a North Korean military martial art. It resembles Japanese karate (in fact, there were rumors that it was made based on karate), but it has been thoroughly polished to kill people with bare hands.
It is said that it has special characteristics such as stabs and kicks, and that it is possible for a master to break the belly of humans and excrete its internal organs. North Korea, which emphasizes guerrilla warfare, was more focused on training in such murderous martial arts than any other nation. (Ju Seong Il “North Korean People’s Army: Barracks in Living Hell”)
“Recruits, run faster or have a lower voice! A revolutionary song honoring the leader. Sing louder with more heart!”
The trainee is already singing and running for 10 kilometers under the scorching sun, and the trainees are frightened. The instructor who runs at the top jumps without mercy. In North Korea, recruits are called Sinyong or Sincham.
At that time, these terms were heard as the tradition of Kim Il Sung since the partisan. I couldn’t imagine that they came from Korea until I came to Korea. It wasn’t until I came to Korea that I learned that some North Korean military songs were based on Japanese military songs.
While saying, “The Japanese Emperor is an enemy,” the People’s Army had many remnants of the Japanese era. At that time, I believed that anything in North Korea was unique to Japan and “Juche-like” and the best in the world.
In any case, the recruits are sung loudly, screaming in the army song, and run until they squash. In addition, at nightly learning sessions, summaries are held in which trainees criticize each other for training and daily life.
Then, during training, if the singing voice was low during the training, saying “evidence of lack of loyalty to the leader”, etc. Could be.
Afraid of it, everyone threw their throats and shouted. Still, the voice became faint and small, but was kicked from behind by another instructor accompanying him. “Loyalty is loud, loyalty. Sing loud enough to reach the Pyongyang leader!” (Ibid.)