Tae Kwon Do Patterns

Questions And Response Sequences

Each Tae Kwon Do hyung has a name. The name of the hyung, number of movements, and in some cases the foot diagram, symbolize either instances relating to historical events, great heroic individuals in Korean history, or Korean philosophical points of view.

In order for the student of Tae Kwon Do to better understand the meaning of each hyung and to give him a better understanding of Korean history and philosophy and how it relates to Tae Kwon Do, Grand Master Benko has created a series of question and response sequences.

In most cases the instructor will ask the questions and the student who is going to perform the hyung will respond with the information pertaining to the hyung. If you are practicing the hyung by yourself you can answer the questions which would be asked of you were an instructor present. To fully comprehend each hyung the student must be able to give the correct response to each hyung up to and including the hyung he is currently learning.

Before each hyung is performed the question and response sequence is to be given. The word "Instructor" will refer to the person who will be asking the questions about the hyung. The word "Student" refers to the person who is going to perform the hyung. As an example, here is the question and response sequence for the first Tae Kwon Do hyung, Chon-Ji:

Instructor:   Sound off!
Student:   Chon-Ji of Tae Kwon Do Hyung.

Instructor:   How many movements?
Student: 19.

Instructor:   How many different movements?
Student: 3.

Instructor:   What does Chon-Ji mean?
Student:   Heaven and Earth.

After completing the question and response sequence the instructor has the student assume the "Choon Bee" (Ready Position). Upon the instructor's command, the student will perform the entire hyung, unless specified otherwise by the instructor, and remain in the last position until the instructor orders the student back to the hyung's ready position with the command "Par-Row" (Recover). This order of events will be followed for every hyung.

You will see a list of all of the patterns names on the left side of the page, to view the Question and Response Sequences for any of the 24 Tae Kwon Do patterns, left click on the name of pattern that you would like to view.

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