In other styles Patterns are called ‘Kata’, ‘Forms’ or ‘Drills’. Patterns consist of various defence and attack techniques against imaginary opponents.
They are the ‘putting together’ of individual techniques to practice and perfect the techniques and form the art.
The patterns start from beginner level all the way up to 6th Dan black belt. Each pattern introduces new and sometimes harder techniques as training progresses.
The reason for 24 patterns as quoted by the late founder of Taekwondo.
“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.
Here I leave Tae Kwon Do for mankind as a trace of man of the late 20th century.
The 24 Patterns represent 24 hours, one day, of all my life.”
General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan
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