ITF Colour Belt Pattern Meanings

Chon Ji - Choong Moo Tul

Students should regularly study all the pattern meanings up to and including their current grade

Chon Ji (19)
Yellow Tag

Means literally the Heaven the 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.

Dan Gun (21)
Yellow Belt

Is named after the holy Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in the year of 2,333 B.C.

Do San (24)
Green Tag

Is the pseudonym (Soo-du-nim) 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.

Won Hyo (28)
Green Belt

Was the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year of 686 A.D.

Yul Gok (38)
Blue Tag

Is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi-l (1536-1584) nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea”. The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38th degree latitude and the diagram represents scholar.

Joon Gun (32)
Blue Belt

Is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumo Ito, the first Japanese governor / general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. There are 32 movements in this pattern to represent Mr. Ahns age when he was executed at Lui-Shung prison (1910).

Toi Gye (37)
Red Tag

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 degrees latitude, the diagram represents “scholar”.

Hwa Rang (29)
Red Belt

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 its full maturity.

Choong Moo (30)

Was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armored 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 potential checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king.