Tuls is the Korean word for Patterns. They are used as a method of perfecting the stances, movements and techniques learned during class in a non-combative manner. There are 24 different patterns students learn as they progress from white belt to 7th Dan Black Belt. Patterns competition between students are one of two primary components of a Taekwon-Do tournament along with sparring.
While students will be taught the appropriate Tul for their rank in class by the instructors, a Testing Syllabus is available to purchase with detailed, step-by-step instructions for
all patterns, step-sparring and required knowledge. This is very helpful for practicing at home or outside of class. See your instructor to purchase the appropriate syllabus.
Basic Pattern Information - The following is from General Choi's Encyclopedia of TaeKwon-Do:
Pattern should begin and end at exactly the same spot. This will indicate the performer's accuracy. Correct posture and facing must be maintained at all times. Muscles of the body should be either tensed or relaxed at the proper critical moments in the exercise. The exercise should be performed in a rhythmic movement with an absence of stiffness. Movement should be accelerated or decelerated according to the instructions in this. Each pattern should be perfected before moving to the next . Students should know the purpose of each movement. Students should perform each movement with realism. Attack and defense techniques should be equally distributed among right and left hands and feet.
Patterns competition at the annual Traditional TaeKwon-Do Alliance State Championship
Below are two YouTube videos of Master Hups (now Grand Master Hups) demonstrating Chon-Ji and Dan-Gun patterns. These are the first two patterns students learn when they first begin TaeKwon-Do. More videos of other patterns, blackbelt testings and demonstrations with our students are available at: https://www.youtube.com/@HupsTaeKwondo/videos