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,
Instructor: Sound off!
Student: Chon-Ji of Tae Kwon Do Hyung.
Instructor: How many movements?
Instructor: How many different movements?
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.