One of the ways that Taekwon-Do students practice their techniques is through Patterns – a series of offensive and defensive techniques against an imaginary opponent or opponents.
When you start training you will begin with some fundamental movements consisting of blocks and front punches. As you progress, each Pattern will become more complex introducing you to new techniques or different applications for techniques.
Explained by Taekwon-Do Founder General Choi Hong Hi
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 travellers 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, in this way, gaining immortality. Obviously, the spirit is perpetual while the 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
Click on the 'Pattern's Name' below to see a video, or the 'Text' to view the Encyclopedia.