North London Schools of Tae Kwon-Do

Barnet, Cheshunt & Enfield Tae Kwon-Do

The Interpretation of Patterns

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

 Pattern  Interpretation of Pattern
Chon Ji Chon Ji literally means "the Heaven and the Earth". It is in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of Human History. It is therefore the initial pattern played by the beginner. The pattern consists of two similar parts - one to represent Heaven and the other the Earth.
Dan Gun Dan Gun is named after the Holy Dan Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2333 B.C.
Do San Do San is the pseudonym of the patriot An Ch'ang-Ho (1876-1938) who devoted his entire life to furthering the education of Korea and its independent movement.
Won Hyo Won Hyo was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism into the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 A.D.
Yul Gok Yul Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". The 38 movements represent his birthplace on the 38th Parallel and the diagram represents "Scholar".
Joong Gun Joong Gun is named after the Patriot "An Joong Gun" who assassinated Hiro Bumi Ito, the first Japanese Governor General of Korea, known as the man who played the leading role in the Korea-Japan merger. There are 32 movements in the pattern to represent Mr An's age when he was executed at Lui Shung Prison in 1910.
Toi Gye Toi Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Ti Hwang (16th Century A.D.), an authority on neo-Confucianism. The 37 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 37 degree latitude and the diagram represents scholar.
Hwa Rang Hwa Rang is named after the Hwa-Rang Youth Group which originated in the Silla Dynasty about 1350 years ago. This group eventually became the actual driving force for the unification of the three Kingdoms of Korea. The 29 movements refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Tae Kwon-Do developed into maturity.
Choong Moo Choong Moo was the given name to the great Admiral YI SUN-SIN of the YI Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson), which was the precursor to the present day Submarine, in 1592 A.D. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolise his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality, checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King.