All of the patterns in Taekwon-Do are named after great characters or events in Korean history. We learn the meanings of the patterns in order to gain inspiration from these people and to apply them to our training and to the way in which we lead our lives.
(19 movements) ready position - Narani Junbi Sogi
Chon-Ji means literally "the heaven and earth." It is in the orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, it is the initial pattern played by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts; one to represent the heaven and the other the earth.
(21 movements) ready position - Narani Junbi Sogi
Dan-Gun is named after the holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2,333 B.C.
(24 movements) ready position - Narani Junbi Sogi
Do-San is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1876-1938) The 24 movements represent his entire life, which he devoted to furthering the education of Korea and its independence movement.
(28 movements) ready position - Moa Junbi Sogi ‘A’
Won-Hyo was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla dynasty in the year 686 A.D.
(38 movements) ready position - Narani Junbi Sogi
Yul-Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar Yi l (1536-1584) nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea." The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th degree latitude and the diagram represents "scholar".
(32 movements) ready position - Moa Junbi Sogi ‘B’
Joong-Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. The 32 movements in this pattern represent Mr. Ahn's age when he was executed in a Lui-Shung prison (1910).
(37 movements) ready position - Moa Junbi Sogi ‘B’
Toi-Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th century), an authority on neo Confucianism. The 37 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on 37th degree latitude, the diagram represents “scholar".
(29 movements)ready position- Moa Junbi Sogi ‘C’
Hwa-Rang is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group, which originated in the Silla dynasty in the early 7th century. The 29 movements refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Taekwon-Do developed into maturity.
(30 movements) ready position - Narani Junbi Sogi
Choong-Moo was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Lee dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality, checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king.
A timeline showing the pattern meanings in relation to Korean history: