Martial Art's Page - Hyung's
by Dexter A. Hansen

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Hyung's (A.K.A. Kata's)

Introduction

CHON-JI

DAN-GUN

DO-SAN

WAN-JUN-HYUNG

Tips

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Introduction

As a fan of the Martial Art's I've enjoyed participating in martial arts training as well as taking my kids to classes and tournaments.  I've noticed that I learned the forms (called hyungs in Korean) easier if they were written out. Instructional video tapes are also helpful, though I prefer martial arts action films for entertainment.

An instructor can help you a lot when it comes to the nuances, however, you need to be able to go through the form ,some times referred to as kata's, from memory before the instructor can see what your doing wrong.  

Note 1: Kata is not a Korean term and my get you in trouble with your instructor if you use it, depending upon if the school is a traditional school or not.

Note 2:  Ta Kwan Do, Ta kwan do or Taekwondo, what is the correct spelling?  Taekwondo can be found is some dictionaries while many martial arts instructors have written and titled thier books Ta Kwan Do, emphazing each syllable.  Both seem to convey the same thing in English.  Last I saw it written in Korean, it wasn't done either way since they don't use the English alphabet.

Because of the various affiliations, there may be some differences between what I have posted and what the instructor or school expects from the student.  For instance, the traditional karate form as taught in Korea, typically has little allowance for toes bent inward or outward.  Parallel mean parallel.  Save this HTML file and modify it to what your instructor is teaching you, print it and memorize it. Click on the forms of interest to see them in written form.


CHON-JI - - The "Heaven and Earth" form can be seen by clicking on CHON-JI


DO-SAN - - The pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Ch'ang-Ho (1876-1938) who devoted his entire life to furthering the education of Korea and its independent movement can be seen by clicking on DO-SAN.


DAN-GUN - - The form named after the holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year of 2333 B.C. can be seen by clicking on DAN-GUN.


WAN-JUN-HYUNG - - The form means "Pursuit of Excellence" in Korean and can be seen by clicking on WAN-JUN-HYUNG.


Tips

When being judged, the instructor will look for the following:

  1. Find out the protocol for introducing your self and show your confidence by stating your name (and also typically your school/location) loudly and with authority.
  2. Some schools have student yell while executing every strike, while others only do it on particular strikes (i.e. the first strike after a change in direction).  Find out what your instructor expects and when yelling, yell loudly.  It helps with breathing and the adrenalin will allow you to it harder.
  3. Execute you punches and kicks like you are actually striking someone (or something).   The instructor will be looking for solid definite movements.
  4. Finish strongly.  Execute your last movement like you mean it.
  5. Above all, don't fidget or clown around.  Ta Kwon Do is fun, however, it is also suppose to help instill discipline. While at a tournament or test, it is no time to be distracted or goof off.  The instructors/judges are in most cases, looking at your attitude more than the form.



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