Chon-Ji

itf taekwondo pattern

CHON-JI (ITF Taekwondo)
Movements - 19
Ready Posture - PARALLEL READY STANCE

The illustrations for this pattern assume that the student is standing on line AB and facing D.
1. Move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B while executing a low block to B with the left forearm.
2. Move the right foot to B forming a right walking stance toward B while executing a middle punch to B with the right fist.
3. Move the right foot to A, turning clockwise to form a right walking stance toward A while executing a low block to A with the right forearm.
4. Move the left foot to A forming a left walking stance toward A while executing a middle punch to A with the left fist.
5. Move the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a low block to D with the left forearm.
6. Move the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
7. Move the right foot to C turning clockwise to form a right walking stance toward C while executing a low block to C with the right forearm.
8. Move the left foot to C forming a left walking stance toward C while executing a middle punch to C with the left fist.
9. Move the left foot to A forming a right L-stance toward A while executing a middle block to A with the left inner forearm.
10. Move the right foot to A forming a right walking stance toward A while executing a middle punch to A with the right fist.
11. Move the right foot to B turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward B while executing a middle block to B with the right inner forearm.
12. Move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B while executing a middle punch to B with the left fist.
13. Move the left foot to C forming a right L-stance toward C while executing a middle block to C with the left inner forearm.
14. Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a middle punch to C with the right fist.
15. Move the right foot to D turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward D while executing a middle block to D with the right inner forearm.
16. Move the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the left fist.
17. Move the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
18. Move the right foot to C forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the left fist.
19. Move the left foot to C forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
END: Bring the left foot back to a ready posture.

Reproduced, with permission, from "Taekwon-Do (The Korean Art of Self Defense)"
also known as "The Condensed Encyclopedia." Fifth Edition 1999, All rights reserved
Copyright 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999 General Choi, Hong Hi
 

General Choi developed twenty-four Taekwon-Do patterns. He chose the number 24 to correspond to the 24 hours in the day, a continuously repeated cycle that represents eternity. He named each pattern (except Chon-Ji) after important people in Korean history, as a reminder of the importance of honoring and cultivating respect for those who have accomplished great things. For certain patterns, the shape of the diagram and the total number of movements representing the taekwondo pattern are also significant.

A Taekwon-Do pattern is a choreographed sequence of fundamental movements in an imaginary fight against one attacker or several. The execution of the movements requires the application of the Theory of Power. Correct breathing generates internal energy, which increases power.

If we imagine that the fundamental movements of Taekwon-Do are like musical notes, then the twenty-four patterns are like the songs produced by assembling those notes.

The twenty-four patterns are introduced gradually as the student progresses with his training and are beneficial for Taekwon-Do students of all ages and levels of training. The patterns must be performed precisely and smoothly; the overall effect should be one of harmonious, perfectly-controlled movement.

By practicing the patterns diligently, students can improve their memory skills, ability to concentrate, muscular development, physical coordination, and sense of balance. Each student should strive to perform the patterns to the best of his or her ability.

As explained in the section Fundamental movements, ITF techniques have evolved continuously. Important modifications occurred when General Choi introduced the concept of wave movement, which is the principle for the development of power by generating a maximum of speed and mass through relaxation, breathing, and hip movements, and his insistence that movements be executed with solid and graceful stances.

Precisely-detailed descriptions of all twenty-four patterns are found in the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do.