Thesis for VIII Dan
Ruben D. Suarez
The Taekwon-do cycle is composed of five items: Dallyon, fundamental movements, patterns, sparring and self-defense. For the successful development of Taekwon-do skills, all of these elements must work together in a balanced and reciprocal way, constantly reinforcing one another, and the system of Taekwon-do as a whole. When most people think of martial arts, the first thing that comes to mind is sparring. Yet, sparring is only one of the five components constituting the physical composition of Taekwon-do; moreover, the category of sparring can be further classified into several different styles, including step sparring, which is considered the foundation for free sparring.