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
travelers 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 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.
              The 24 patterns represent 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.

General Choi Hong Hi
Founder of Taekwon-Do
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Essential Information about Patterns
The following points should be considered while performing patterns:
  • Pattern should begin and end at exactly the same spot. This will indicate the performer's
    accuracy.
  • Correct posture and facing must be maintained at all times.
  • Muscles of the body should be either tensed or relaxed at the proper critical moments in the
    exercise.
  • The exercise should be performed in a rhythmic movement with an absence of stiffness.
  • Movement should be accelerated or decelerated according to the instructions in this book.
  • Each pattern should be perfected before moving to the next.
  • Students should know the purpose of each movement.
  • Students should perform each movement with realism.
  • Attack and defence techniques should be equally distributed among right and left hands and
    feet.
All patterns listed are performed under the assumption the student is facing "D" (see pattern
diagrams). There are a total of twenty-four patterns in Taekwon-Do. The name of the pattern, the
number of movements, and the diagrammatic symbol of each pattern symbolize either heroic
figures in Korean history or instances relating to historical events. The interpretation of each pattern
will be found on its specific page.