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A series of offensive and defensive moves against imaginary opponents to demonstrate your skill.  

Side Kick

Patterns are a series of moves set in a logical sequence against one or more imaginary opponents.  They are used to demonstrate the users’ skill and understanding of the fundamental movements in order to safely progress the individual player up through the junior ranks into Black Belt and beyond.  

As the individual progresses, the patterns become increasingly harder.  On the right the ITF syllabus patterns are available from the official ITF Tuls patterns channel.

A Beginning constitutes a significant part of the whole endeavour.  Therefore, students of Taekwon Do should fail not to take action whenever to do so might benefit the society.  If he behaves thus, he himself will benefit most” - General Choi Hong-Hi.  Taken from the encyclopaedia of Taekwon Do.

Patterns are various fundamental movements, most of which represent attacks or defence techniques.  The student systematically deals with several imaginary opponents under various assumptions.  The patterns use every available blocking and attacking tools from the relevant syllabus.  The syllabus itself is geared around the capability of the student as their knowledge and capability develops.  

Therefore pattern practice enables the student to go through techniques in sequences that they can then put into practice in sparring.  As pattern capabilities develop then the quality of the movement improves and this reflects in the outcome of sparring events.  As the student improves in patterns so they also improve in sparring.

Patterns help to develop flexibility of movements, master body shifting and control, build muscles, develop rhythm of movement and improve timing of action and reaction.  As the body co-ordination improves so does power.  So you will notice that as your pattern capability improves, so does your breaking.  You can easily go from struggling to measure to breaking two or three boards once you have mastered the moves through pattern practice.

Pattern practice also helps develop timing and movement that assists with the set sparring.  So moves learned in chon Ji are used in 3-step sparring.

Extremely popular at the moment is Jaroslaw Suska, 20 times European Champion and 6 times World Champion.  Here he is performing 4th degree pattern Moon Moo.  A great demonstration of patterns.