Rhee Tae Kwon Do | Patterns (Hyung)

What Are Rhee Tae Kwon Do Patterns (Hyung)?

A pattern (Korean: Hyung) is a set of fundamental Tae kwon Do movements and techniques that can be used in attack and defence. Each pattern is performed in a set order, against an imaginary opponent or even multiple opponents. Patterns introduce students of different levels to new techniques, stances, and concepts of training. Patterns are often used during Gradings to gauge a student’s competency at any particular level.

What Do Patterns Mean?

Each pattern has a unique name and number of movements. The movements of each pattern may also form a diagram or symbol that signifies either a historical event or heroic figure in Korean history. These events and heroic figures are highly respected and revered in Korean history. Each with a message that resonates and echoes with us to this day. Each figure or event has been selected to remind us of their character attributes and contributions that inspired the tenets of Tae Kwon Do today. Whenever we practice a pattern, we honour these contributions and uphold these values and tenets of Tae Kwon Do.

Why Do We Practice Patterns?

Patterns are like a set of instructions passed on to the student to teach them new techniques and to help them understand their application in motion. We practice patterns to improve our Rhee Tae Kwon Do techniques, to develop sparring techniques, improve fluidity of movement, strengthen and tone muscles, as well as improving balance and breath control.

Points to consider for improving your pattern:

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