Pattern technique breakdown

Discussion in 'Tae Kwon Do' started by Smitfire, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    I've been thinking about the Ch'ang Hon (ITF) patterns and wondering if we used them as a foundation or template for taekwondo how would it break down...
    Looking at the first 9 patterns (Chon-ji to Choong Moo) there are 258 moves in total.
    Of that 27 moves are kicks (10.4%), 4 (1.55%) are elbows and 2 (0.78%) are knees.
    That means the TKD patterns are just over 87.2% hand techniques (including punches, strikes, blocks, grip releases, etc).
    Which is not quite the kick heavy art modern practice and sparring trends would have us believe.
  2. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Absolutely! And how many high section kicks? 2!

    Any emphasis on high kicks is "cultural," and not found in the patterns.

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