Patterns are various fundamental movements, set in a fixed and logical sequence, against one or more imaginary opponent. When performing patterns, students must observe the following points;
- Patterns must begin and end on the same spot (this will indicate the performers accuracy)
- Correct posture and facing (full, half or side) should be considered at all times. This will ensure the students delivers each technique with maximum power.
- The muscles of the body should be tensed or relaxed at the appropriate moment.
- Patterns should be performed in a rhythmic motion, and with an absence of stiffness.
- All movements are performed at "normal motion" unless special instruction is given
- Students should learn the purpose of each technique
- Each pattern should be perfected before moving on to the next.
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, and through this, 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 - Founder of Taekwon-Do
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