Learning Your Taekwondo Patterns?

Here's help with Ki Cho Sam Bu

(Basic Pattern 3)

On this page we show a video of Ki-Cho 3 so you can learn each move.

Below are written instructions so you understand each technique.


Ki Cho 3 is the last of the Ki Cho series.

You still maintain the same directions and H pattern but the hand and foot techniques are quite different from what you've been doing. You're ready for the changes at this time in your practice.

Remeber that the masters designed these patterns as formal excersice for sparring practice so each techique needs to be practiced over and over to be perfected - perfect practice makes perfect.

Why does it need to be perfect?

Because you want your techniques to work if you are defending yourself so you don't get hurt!

Here are instructions for Ki Cho Sam Bu (Basic Pattern 3) 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 back stance. Remember to put 70 percent of your weight on your back foot, heels on line, knees are soft and not locked. Refer back to Stances page if your need a refresher

Simultaneiously execute an outisde middle block with left forearm. Refer back to our Blocks page for a refresher.

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 nose 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 back stance. Simultaneously execute an outside middle 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 horse stance facing left now (refer back to Horse Stance here) Simultaneously execute a side attack middle punch with right arm

7th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume horse stance facing right - Simultaneously execute a side attack middle punch with right arm

8th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume horse stance facing left - Simultaneously execute a side attack middle block with right arm 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 back stance. Simultaneously execute an outside middle 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 back stance. Simultaneously execute an outside middle 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 horse stance. Simultaneously execute a side attack middle punch with right arm.

15th Position - Slide left foot forward one step and assume horse stance. Simultaneously execute a side attack middle punch with left arm.

16th Position - Slide right foot forward one step and assume horse stance. Simultaneously execute a side attack middle punch with right arm and kiyup!

17th Position - Pivoting on right foot, slide left foot out and back in a wide arc, turning 270' and assume back stance. Simultaneously execute an outside middle 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 back stance. Simultaneously execute an outside middle 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 have now learned all the Ki Cho basic patterns!

Depending on your school and instructors, you will now be learning a new series of patterns. This could include Pal Gwe, Tae Guk, Pyun Ahn, ITF styles and then various black belt forms.

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