Learning Your Taekwondo Patterns?

Here's help with Ki Cho il Bu

(Basic Pattern 1)

Ki Cho patterns are intended to teach you how to perform fundamental techniques such as walking, turning, blocking and punching in continuous sequence in all four directions.

On this page we show you a video of Ki Cho 1 by World Champion Kaelyn Whaley. She demonstrates lots of spirit in her kiyup and movement which is great to see. You will learn how to do this too over time.

Below are written instructions so you understand each technique.



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If you are just starting Taekwondo and finding forms a challenge, be patient.

Practicing martial arts is patience through repitition.

One day learning patterns will be easy for you...even the black belt ones. But you do have to start somewhere and that is learning basic patterns.

You're mental strength is growing along with your physical strength through the process.

Once you think you have your pattern down, try performing while you face different directions.

You can also practice with your eyes shut. This is an excellent way to see if you feel balanced and helps with your memory.

Here are instructions for Ki Cho Il Bu (Basic Pattern 1) from Choom bi (ready position). Ki Cho has 20 motions..

1st Position - Swivel 90' to your left, pivoting on right foot and sliding left foot one step forward assuming front stance. Remember to put 60 percent of your weight on your front foot with bent knee and keep back leg locked.

Simultaneiously execute a low block with left forearm. Make sure to cross foream in front of chest , left fist palm near right ear and right fist palm down under under left elbow. Then sweep left forearm downward, across abdomen and groin, into position with left fist above left knee and simultaneously pull right fist back to right hip. Snap both wrists around at the instant of completing the motion so that left fist is palm down over knee and right fist is palm up at hip. The blocking surface is the outer edge of the lower left forearm.

2nd Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance

Simultaneously execute a middle punch with right fist. Remember to thrust right fist to arm's length at solar plexus level and simultaneously pull left fist back to hip. Snap both wrists around at last instant of action so that right fist is plam down and left fist is palm up.

3rd Position - Pivoting on left foot, slide right foot out and back in a wide arc, turning 180' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with right forearm.

4th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with left fist.

5th Position - Pivoting on right foot, slide left foot out, turning 90' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with left forearm

6th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance - Simultaneously execute a middle punch with right fist

7th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume front stance - Simultaneously execute a middle punch with left fist

8th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance - Simultaneously execute a middle punch with right fist and kiyup!

This can be a good place to stop while you're learning. Once you learn these first 8 motions well, the rest of the patterns comes pretty easy.

9th Position - Pivoting on right foot, slide left foot out and back in a wide arc, turning 270' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with left forearm.

10th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with right fist.

11th Position - Pivoting on left foot, slide right foot out and back in a wide arc, turning 180' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with right forearm.

12th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with left fist.

13th Position - Pivoting on right foot, slide left foot out, turning 90' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with a left forearm.

14th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with right fist.

15th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with left fist.

16th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle pun with right fist and Kiyup!

17th Position - Pivoting on right foot, slide left foot out and back in a wide arc, turning 270' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with left forearm.

18th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle Punch with right fist.

19th Position - Pivoting on left foot, slide right foot out and back, turning 180' and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a low block with right forearm.

20th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume front stance. Simultaneously execute a middle punch with left fist.

Congratulation! You just learned your first pattern.

Keep practicing and it will soon become second nature for you.

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