Student & Instructor Resources
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We have always found the Encyclopedic descriptions of the patters to be very dense and quite hard to absorb, especially while you are preforming the pattern. During his transition into Chang Hon (ITF) pattern system, Instructor Nick extracted this information and translated it into a standard structured layout. The Blue Book is the result of his efforts.
The Blue Book does not attempt to replace the Encyclopedic descriptions; rather its intended to be used as a "cheat sheet" to help remind students the movements of their patterns. For example: Step #9 of Do-San, the Encyclopedic description states:
9) Move the left foot to E, turning counter clockwise to form a left walking stance toward E while executing a high side block to E with the left outer forearm.
This has been transformed into:
(Eyes To; Diagram Direction)
Leg Section Leg Technique
(Stance To; Diagram Direction)
Arm Section Arm Technique
(Arm Technique To; Diagram Direction)
|9||Turning L 270° (3:00;E)||L>R;L||L Walking Stance||L High Side Outer Forearm Block||H|
Some information has been compressed while other information has been added. Also note that in addition to diagram directionality ("E" in the example above), direction is also described in relation to a clock face (the student faces 12:00 at the start of the pattern). At Fusion Martial Arts, we have had great success using The Blue Book as both an in-class aid as well as a student handout to assist in home training.
As with The Blue Book above, The Gray Book has given a standard structured layout to the descriptions of the stances provided within the Encyclopedia. The Gray Book also takes the information about stances and presents it in a number of different ways in order to assist learning.
In addition to the text-based descriptions, there are tables representing which stances exhibit specific attributes (weight distribution, foot angles, etc.) as well as The Periodic Table of Taekwon-do Stances. Additionally, relationships between the stances have been highlighted; such as L-Stance and Fixed Stance being related to Vertical Stance and Rear-Foot Stance due to their similarities of shape, facings and foot angles. Lastly, the foot placement diagrams have been redesigned to allow for easier identification of the lengths as well as where they are measured from (these images are available in large format and SVG upon request for use in your own training materials, at no cost).
A "Periodic Table" is a tabular display of related items organized on the basis of their properties. Taking inspiration from chemistry's Periodic Table of the Elements, Instructor Nick created the The Periodic Table of Taekwon-do Stances. Organized by measurement, facings, default arm positions, lineage/relationships to other stances; visually representing weight distribution and foot angles; and employing a number of mnemonic devices ("I see thou", "STance", colors, etc.) The Periodic Table is an excellent resource for students to learn and remember the various characteristics of Taekwon-do stances.
Each Fusion Martial Arts student is given a printed copy of this Student Manual and Syllabus to assist them in learning the protocols and Taekwon-do theory. Included within The Green Book are expanded explanations and definitions for the Student Oath, the Five Parts of the Physical Composition, the Five Disciplines; Korean word definitions and pronunciation guide; as well as general information about protocols, Gup/Dan levels and even a parable to help you remember how to correctly tie your belt.
Gup Patterns & Exercises
- Saju Jirugi (10th Gup)
- Saju Makgi (10th Gup)
- Chon-Ji (9th Gup)
- Dan-Gun (8th Gup)
- Do-San (7th Gup)
- Won-Hyo (6th Gup)
- Yul-Gok (5th Gup)
- Joong-Goon (4th Gup)
- Toi-Gye (3rd Gup)
- Saju Tulgi (2nd Gup)
- Hwa-Rang (2nd Gup)
- Choong-Moo (1st Gup)
Fusion Martial Arts chose to use the Creative Commons Attribution And ShareAlike (CC BY-SA 3.0) for a number of reasons. Instructor Nick is a computer programmer who works with many pieces of software, code and ideas that have been freely shared by their authors. Sharing in this way has allowed him to accomplish far more as a programmer than he would have been able to on his own. In turn, Instructor Nick has also shared programs, code and ideas back to the community. Thanks to sharing his own work, he receives feedback and collaboration that would not have occurred otherwise. This input provided by individuals from around the world has helped Instructor Nick become a better programmer.
In Taekwon-do as in life, we truly stand on the shoulders of giants. If it were not for the works and ideas of those who came before us, everyone would have very little. It is due to this belief, due to our appreciation of General Choi Hong Hi’s efforts, due to our indomitable spirit and due to the personal experiences of our own Founding Members that requires us to openly share the works and ideas we create with our fellow students. When we help others become better Taekwon-do students, we become better students ourselves.
What we ask in return is that you do not claim this work as your own, that like us you share your work with others and (if you feel so inspired) give us feedback and offer any improvements in order to make these works and ideas better.
We are not giants nor are we likely to become giants, but we would be honoured if you would stand on our shoulders.