The Chang-Hon patterns system is named after the penname of General Choi Hong-Hi, the "Father of Taekwon-Do," who developed this set of patterns for Taekwon-Do. These patterns are called “teul,” which is the Korean term used by General Choi for pattern. As General Choi stated, “the life of a human being, perhaps 100 years, can be considered as a day when compared with eternity”. Therefore, there are a total of twenty-four officially recognized patterns in the art of Taekwon-Do, representing the 24 hours in a complete day, or one's complete lifetime. The name, number of movements, and the pattern diagram or symbol for individual “teul” have specific importance. Each symbolizes factors such as a notable Korean King, an important heroic figure in Korean History, or an instance relating to a significant event in Korean History. Additionally, there are several pattern exercises (4-direction punch, block, and thrust) designed to teach fundamental movements and one retired pattern (Go-Dang), which are also part of this patterns system. Further details regarding the history of the patterns in the Chang Hon pattern set, Cheon-Ji through Chung-Mu are also available on this link.
In each of the pattern diagrams, it is assumed that the student begins their practice of the pattern standing on the "X" while facing the direction "D". To view additional details concerning pattern movement execution, click on this link on Guidelines for Performing Patterns.
Below is a set of web page links leading to individual Chang-Hon patterns and pattern exercises practiced for promotion to each belt level in the art of Taekwon-Do. Each web page (listed in rank order) contains a detailed description of that particular pattern including; the pattern history, number of movements, pattern diagram, pronunciation of the pattern name in Korean, pronunciation of pattern commands in Korean, and a detailed description of the performance of each aspect of the pattern and its movements. To view information for a particular pattern, click on the appropriate pattern name indicated below.
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