Tae Kwon Do Patterns

 

Colour belt patterns and their meaning

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Pattern Belts Number of Moves Diagram Ready Stance Meaning
           
Chon-Ji

19
Parallel Ready Stance
(Narani Chunbi Sogi)
Chon-Ji literally means "the heaven and the earth". It is in the Orient interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history
Dan-Gun
21
Parallel Ready Stance
(Narani Chunbi Sogi)
Dan-Gun is named after the Holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2333 BC
Do-San
24
Parallel Ready Stance
(Narani Chunbi Sogi)
Do-San is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Ch'ang Ho (1876-1938), who devoted his life to furthering the education of Korea and its independent movement
Won-Hyo
28
Close Ready Stance 'A'
(Moa Chunbi Sogi 'A' )
Won-Hyo was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 AD
Yul-Gok
38
Parallel Ready Stance
(Narani Chunbi Sogi)
Yul-Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584 AD) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". The movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th degree latitude and the diagram represents "scholar"
Joong-Gun
32
Close Ready Stance 'B'
(Moa Chunbi Sogi 'B' )
Joong-Gun is named after the patriot An Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea. Known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. There are 32 moves in this pattern to represent Mr An's age when he was executed in Lui-Shung prison in 1910.
Toi-Gye
37
Close Ready Stance 'B'
(Moa Chunbi Sogi 'B' )
Toi-Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th century AD), an authority on neo-Confucianism. The 37 moves of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 37th degree latitude and the diagram represents "scholar"
Hwa-Rang
29
Close Ready Stance 'C'
(Moa Chunbi Sogi 'C' )
Hwa-Rang means "flowering youth" and is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group which originated in the Silla Dynasty around 600 AD. This group eventually became the actual driving force for the unification of the three kingdoms of Korea. The 29 movements refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Tae Kwon Do developed into maturity
Choong-Moo
30
Parallel Ready Stance
(Narani Chunbi Sogi)

Choong-Moo was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Sun Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) which was the precursor of the present day submarine, in 1592 AD.

The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolise his regrettable death having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality, checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King