A Study of the Characters and History of 7 th Century Korea Honoured in ITF Taekwon-do Patterns

Thesis for V Dan
Jonathan M. N. Emm

When developing the patterns, General Choi wanted to establish Taekwondo as a uniquely Korean martial art, to distinguish it from Karate and the
Japanese arts, from which it was developed. He therefore named the
patterns after heroic and patriotic figures from Korea’s history, as well as
some of the key events in his nation’s development.

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