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The TaeKwon-Do Tuls, or Patterns, are a series of Pre-Arranged, Choreographed Techniques, both attacking and defensive, against an imaginery opponent. Originally, there were only 4 Patterns developed specifically for TaeKwon-Do training.
The original Encyclopedia of TaeKwon-Do (Authored by General Choi Hong Hi in 1960), described several Karate-Style ‘Patterns’ or ‘Kata’ for use by the Student in addition to these. Such exercises were intended to be practised by the Student both in Class and alone as a means of developoing power, coordination and skill . The Patterns increase in complexity, both in the Techniques employed and their Application. During the 1960’s, the number of Patterns increased to 20 and eventually to 24. Saju Jirugi, Saju Makgi and Saju Tulgi are described as “fundamental exercises” as opposed to actual Patterns per se but serve as an introduction for Beginners.
There are a total of 24 patterns, representing 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. The following points should be considered while performing patterns
The following ‘You Tube’ videos show the Kup Grade Ch’ang Hon Patterns which are performed by Mr.Jaroslaw Suska V Degree from Poland. These are world-class performances of the 9 patterns. NTX Schools students under 18 years of age must only view these ‘You Tube’ links with Parental Consent and supervision.
Please view these videos to complment your Training. Use ‘You Tube’ responsibly