Kwon Do syllabus
Students learn the following, among others, on the way to Black Belt.
The animatons (animated
GIF's) may take some time to download, depending on the speed of your
Internet connection; also the way they play depends on how fast your
computer is. The movements may seem slow or jerky at times - however,
it is hoped that you get some idea of what is involved in the training.
A pattern is a set of
fundamental movements, mainly defence and attack, in a logical
sequence, to deal with one or more imaginary opponents. Patterns
help to develop sparring techniques, improve movement, co-ordination,
master body shifting, direction changing, develop muscles, balance,
breath control and the use and application of new stances
and techniques. Many of these techniques cannot be obtained
from other forms of training. There are 24 patterns to match
the number of hours in a day, where a day represents the whole
life of a person; most patterns are named after figures in Korean
mythology or history.
To perform a pattern, a student must begin and end on the
same spot, to show accuracy, and have correct posture
and facing at all times. Their muscles need to be tensed
and relaxed at proper critical moments in the exercise.
The pattern needs to be performed with rhythmic movement,
not stiffly, with acceleration and deceleration at appropriate
times. A student should know the purpose of each movement,
and perform each one with realism. Each pattern needs
to be perfected before moving on.
- for - one sparring
Korean Terminology & History of Tae Kwon do
Students need knowledge of the origins of Tae Kwon Do, as well as Korean
terms as relating to the martial art. Knowing the terminology, you can
train in any club in the world and still understand what to do!
There is also time devoted to general & specific fitness exercises,
stretching, etc Occasionally higher grades may be required to assist