PATTERNS are various fundamental movements most of which represent either attack or defence techniques, set to a fixed and logical sequence against an imaginery opponent.

WE PRACTISE PATTERNS to improve our Tae Kwon-Do techniques, to develop sparring techniques, to improve flexibility of movement, master body-shifting, develop muscles, balance and breath control. They also enable us to acquire techniques, which cannot be obtained from other forms of training.

THE REASON FOR THERE BEING 24 PATTERNS IN TAE KWON-DO is because the founder Major General Choi Hong Hi, compared the life of man with a day in the life of the earth and believed that people should strive to bequeath a good spiritual legacy to coming generations and in doing so gain immortality. Therefore, if we can leave something behind for the welfare of mankind, it may be the most important thing to happen in our lives, as the founder says: "Here I leave Tae Kwon Do for mankind as a trace of a man of the late 20th Century. The 24 patterns represent 24 hours, one day or all of my life."

INTERPRETATIONS OF PATTERNS. The name of the pattern, the number of movements, and the diagramatic symbol of each pattern symbolises heroic figures in Korean history or instances relating to historical events.

INTERPRETATIONS OF PATTERNS ARE LEARNT so that you can draw some inspiration and guidance from the examples given of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.