26 - Reference TKD Pattern Tables

26.1 - Tae Kwon Do Pattern Tables

Korean phonetic writing

Pattern names are anglicized from the Korean han gul (native phonetic script). This is an inexact process, because there are multiple methods for converting to the english alphabet, a process called romanization. For the most accurate pronounciation, a native Korean speaker familiar with the pattern(s) in question should be consulted. Learning to read han gul well will also help a great deal with your pronounciation.

26.2 - Standard Pattern Series

The first table contains patterns that are members of a named series, or known to generally be taught in a series in the kup ranks. Often, these are taught at the kup-levels, however this is not always true. The Pyung An, Chel Gi and Bat Sai series often span kup through dan ranks, or may be taught entirely in dan ranks. Of course, in schools where a pattern series is not "native", that series is likely to be learned in dan ranks (if at all) no matter what level it was actually intended for. Learning such as this is a rounding-out of a student, rather than basic training.

Pal Gwe
Tae Guek
Pyung An
Ji Do Kwan
Chung Han ["Tul"]
Sohng Ahm
In Wha
Choong Jung
Tae Kuk
Ji Do Kwan
Ki Cho
Moo Duk Kwan
Bat Sai
Ji Do Kwan
Chel Gi
Ji Do Kwan
Il Jang Il Jang Cho Dan Chon-Ji Il Jang Il Jang Il Jang Cho Dan Il Bo Sho Cho Dan
E Jang E Jang E Dan Dan-Gun E Jang E Jang E Jang E Dan E Bo Dai E Dan
Sam Jang Sam Jang Sam Dan Do-San Sam Jang Sam Dan Sam Bo Sam Dan
Sa Jang Sa Jang Sa Dan Won-Hyo Sa Jang Sa Bo
O Jang O jang O Dan Yul-Gok O Jang O Bo
Yuk Jang Yuk Jang Joon-Gun
Chil Jang Chil Jang Toi-Gye
Pal Jang Pal Jang Hwa-Rang
Sam Il
Choi Yong
Yon Gae
Se Jong
Tong Il

26.3 - Black Belt Pattern Series


The second table contains patterns that are generally taught in dan ranks, and also are generally not part of a named series. The dan ranks associated with the patterns as shown here are of necessity aproximate — some schools will vary the treatment. A typical example is the teaching of Koreo at 1st kup rather than 1st dan, which is quite common in WTF schools, despite the fact that the WTF standards mandate it be taught at 1 dan. Instructors and masters have considerable leeway in teaching patterns, and like the person who when given an inch, takes a mile, they use that leeway quite freely.

Another little monkey-wrench that can affect what patterns are taught at what level is that some TKD schools use the designation poom instead of dan for students below an arbitrary age. These students generally are treated the same as a first dan (older) student, but there can be differences in the curriculum designed to cater to this arbitrary line.

The attempt has been made to associate the patterns with the rank they are learned in, not required for.

1 dan/poom Koreo Kwang Gye
Po Eun
Gae Beck
Shim Jun Koreo
Bat Sai Dai
2 dan Keum Gang Eui Am
Chung Jang
Ju Che
Jung Yul Keum Gang
Ship Su
3 dan Tae Beck Sam Il
Yoo Sin
Choi Yong
Chung San Tae Beck
4 dan Pyong Won
Sip Jin
Yon Gae
Ul Ji
Moon Moo
Sok Bong Pyong Won
Sip Jin
5 dan Ji Tae So San
Se Jong
Chung Hae Ji Tae
6 dan Chon Kwon Tong Il Chon Kwon
7 dan Han Su Han Su
8 dan Il Yo Il Yo
9 dan
10 dan

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