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:
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 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
Taekwondo is the scientific use of the body that develops the art of self-defenses practiced by millions of people around the world. It’s founder was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, General Choi Hong Hi. General Choi developed Taekwondo based on his studies of other martial arts and his own education. Taekwondo developed into maturity during his service in the Korean Army and in 1955 the name Taekwondo was officially adopted.
Early on in your training you will find your concentration and co-ordination will improve. In time your confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, perseverance, and self-control, will progress as well. You will become fitter and healthier as you progress through the ranks.
Whatever you background if you are wanting to improve yourself as a person, along with your ability to defend yourself should the need arise, whether you are young or of the more mature set, you will enjoy the benefits of Taekwondo. Families find this a way of sharing a recreation together where learning and improving their skills at a pace that suits them in classes that have taught students from 7 to 80 years of age.
Confidence, self-esteem and a positive self-image are some of the many benefits parents notice in their children even within the first few weeks. Our well-disciplined classes teach your child never to misuse the skills they learn. The physical training will help their co-ordination and concentration. You will find that adults in the club become good role models for the younger students and Taekwondo becomes a positive direction in their lives, all of this in safe, well controlled, intelligently run class.
Strength is not needed to defend yourself. It takes a combination of knowledge, technique, and confidence, gained through constant training and practice. Application becomes a reflex action which, when correctly applied, is an effective means of self-defenses. Taekwondo gives you the confidence and skills you need to meet threats and avoid becoming a victim.
Taekwondo’s low resistance movements develop a longer, leaner and more flexible muscle structure. Such muscles have more of their areas close to the blood supply routes, thus producing maximum endurance and wellbeing. You can practice Taekwondo alone, allowing your body to set its own limits. Injuries and strains are rare as your physical condition sets the pace automatically. The entire muscle system is brought into play. Our classes have students recovering from stroke, open-heart surgery, cancer operations and the like. All have benefited from their Taekwondo activities.
Our international belt system exists where internationally qualified Instructors and Examiners can test new students 3–4 times a year. Achievable standards are set which are within your reach.
Controlled tournaments are available to you if you wish to try your skills in a regulated environment. You are reminded however that the greatest competition is against yourself.