The Taegeuk Patterns of Olympic WTF Taekwondo are laid out here so you can see each move individually by hovering your mouse over the main image of the pattern. You then get to see a larger image of the individual move, with both an English and Phonetic Korean description of the image. See the image below for an example of how this looks for the first pattern, Taegeuk Il Jang:

Taegeuk Il Jang

I have also included translations of the moves from English to Korean as this is an important part of and Taekwondo student's training. Please bare in mind the translations I use are those learnt at my club - other clubs with different instructors may have slightly (or completely) different translations. The Korean language is as varied and complex as the English language. There is always more than one way to say the same word!

As a record of my own progress with this Martial Art, I also blog about the various aspects of my own training, and about Taekwondo in general. If you've got comments, I'd love to hear them and would be very pleased if you were to add your comments on the blog before dashing off.

For the uninitiated, Taekwon-do is a Korean Martial Art. The literal translation of Taekwondo is:

Tae - Foot

Kwon - Fist (or more correctly "to smash with the fist")

Do - Way (or "art")

taekwondo written in Korean

Taekwondo is a modern discipline that began in the 1950's and is now an Olympic competitive sport. It does, however, have heritage stretching far back into Korean history and draws many techniques and philosophies from older Korean arts including Tangsoodo and Hapkido. Taekwondo is probably best known for it's dramatic high spinning kicks and destruction techniques (breaking bricks, wooden boards, ice etc). These types of techniques are distinctly Korean, and were incorporated into the Japanese Karate (or more correctly Karate-Do) during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Because there are certain similarities between Taekwondo and Karate, Taekwondo is sometimes referred to as "Korean Karate".

Unlike many older martial arts from the far east, Taekwondo bases it's techniques on modern scientific principles to ensure effectiveness in causing maximum damage to an opponent and minimum damage to the Taekwondo student. It is often said that certain styles of Karate are most effective at damaging the student, rather than the opponent.

The Taekwondo student should embrace these virtues:

Etiquette, Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit

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