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Taikyoku Chodan

The original Taikyoku katas were created by Gichin Funakoshi. Taikyoku means ‘first course.’ Taikyoku Shodan is the first kata in the ChunJiDo system and is done at the white belt level. The white belt represents purity and an absence of knowledge. It is like a blank canvas ready to be filled with knowledge.

Taikyoku Chodan Front View

Taikyoku Chodan Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall
  • Breaking

    Instructor’s Discretion

Taikyoku Nidan

The original Taikyoku katas were created by Gichin Funakoshi. Taikyoku means ‘first course.’ Taikyoku Nidan is the second kata in the ChunJiDo system and is done at the white belt level. The white belt represents purity and an absence of knowledge. It is like a blank canvas ready to be filled with knowledge.

Taikyoku Nidan Front View

Taikyoku Nidan Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack, Haymaker Punch, Straight Punch, and Two Hand Push
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall
  • Breaking

    Instructor’s Discretion

Taikyoku Sandan

The original Taikyoku katas were created by Gichin Funakoshi. Taikyoku means ‘first course.’ Taikyoku Sandan is the third kata in the ChunJiDo system and is done at the white belt level. The white belt represents purity and an absence of knowledge. It is like a blank canvas ready to be filled with knowledge.

Taikyoku Sandan Front

Taikyoku Sandan Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall
  • Breaking

    White Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Chunji

Chunji is a kata from the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). ‘Literally Chun-Ji means heaven and earth. It is…interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history. Therefore it is one of the initial patterns done by the beginner. This pattern has two separate parts – one to represent the heavens, the other the earth.’ Chunji is the first form done at the yellow belt level. The yellow belt is the second belt in the ChunJiDo system. The yellow belt represents the sun which helps things grow. This belt symbolizes the beginning of growth in the martial arts. Also, the yellow belt represents sweat from the hard work of training.

Chunji Front View

Chunji Front

Chunji Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall
  • Breaking

    Instructor’s Discretion

Naihanchi

Naihanchi is the second kata done at the yellow belt level. Sokon Matsumura is credited with bringing Naihanchi to Okinawa from China. The kata is unique in that it is linear suggesting that it was developed for use on horseback. The meaning of Naihanchi may be obtained by looking to the individual roots: Nai: nerves/pressure points/dim mak Han: The Shaolin Master who created the original kata that was introduced to Okinawa. Chi: energy/spirit/intrinsic power Thus, a possible meaning of Naihanchi is the ‘Nerve Strikes of Master Han.’ Another translation is ‘Staying and Fighting.’ Funakoshi developed the Tekki (‘Iron Horse’) katas from Naihanchi for the Shotokan system.

Naihanchi Front View

Naihanchi Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall
  • Breaking

    Instructor’s Discretion

Do-San

Do-San is the third form done at the yellow belt level. Do-San is a pseudonym of the [Korean] patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1878 – 1938). The 24 movements represent his entire life, which he devoted to furthering education in Korea and the Korean independence movement. The name Do-San means Island Mountain.

Do-San Front

Do-San Rear View

  • Self-Defense (One-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute no-contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall
  • Breaking

    Yellow Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Won-Hyo

Won-Hyo is the first form done at the blue belt level and was the name of the noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 AD. The blue belt represents the sky which is vast. This belt is a reminder that although you have learned quite a bit by this rank there is still a lot more out there. This is also the rank at which things start to get more difficult; it is the transition from beginner to intermediate.

Won-Hyo Front View

Won-Hyo Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Two-on-One/Corner)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall
  • Breaking

    Green Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Seunchin

The high blue belt in ChunJiDo has a black stripe through the center. This stripe is a reminder of the goal to achieve black belt and a reminder that training in the martial arts is a continuous journey. The form done at the high blue belt level is Seunchin. Seunchin means ‘Strength of Ten’ and is considered to be an internal kata because of the use of muscle tensing and relaxing along with steady, deep breathing to generate power. Seunchin is credited to Chojun Miyagi, the founder of Goju-Ryu Karate.

Seunchin Front View

Seunchin Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Two-on-One/Corner)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall
  • Breaking

    Green Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Yul Guk

Yul-Gok is a pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536 – 1584) nicknamed the ‘Confucius of Korea’. The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38-degree latitude and the diagram of the pattern represents scholar.

Yul Guk Front View

Yul Guk Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Two-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw
  • Breaking

    Green Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Joon Gun

Joon-Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro Bumi 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. Ahn’s age when he was executed at Lui-Shung in 1910. Joon Gun is done at the high green belt level. The high green belt has a black stripe through the center. This stripe is a reminder of the goal to achieve black belt and a reminder that training in the martial arts is a continuous journey.

Joon Gun Front View

Joon Gun Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Two-on-One)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw
  • Breaking

    Green Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Pinan Sandan

Pinan means ‘Peace and Confidence’ or ‘Peaceful Mind.’ Sandan means third. The Pinan katas are attributed to Anko Itosu whose most famous student was Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan. Funakoshi developed the Heian katas from the Pinans. Pinan Sandan is done at the purple belt level. The purple belt represents getting bruises. At this rank, you will be pushed to your limits and will get bruises, cuts, and maybe even broken bones. This belt is the transition from the intermediate to the high ranks. Also, the color purple represents mountains. From the ground, the peak is often obscured by a purple haze. This serves as a reminder that although you have come very far in your training, there is still more to learn. There is always more to learn.

Pinan Sandan Front View

Pinan Sandan

  • Self-Defense (Triangle)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab Front Kick
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds One one-minute two-on-one round
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick Inside Crescent Kick Outside Crescent Kick Step Up Hook Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw Major Hip Throw
  • Breaking

    Brown Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Pinan Odan

Pinan means ‘Peace and Confidence’ or ‘Peaceful Mind.’ Odan (or Godan) means fifth. The Pinan katas are attributed to Anko Itosu whose most famous student was Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan. Funakoshi developed the Heian katas from the Pinans. Pinan Odan is done at the high purple belt level. The high purple belt has a black stripe through the center. This stripe is a reminder of the goal to achieve black belt and a reminder that training in the martial arts is a continuous journey.

Pinan Odan Front View

Pinan Odan Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Triangle)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab Front Kick
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds One one-minute two-on-one round
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick Inside Crescent Kick Outside Crescent Kick Step Up Hook Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw Major Hip Throw
  • Breaking

    Brown Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Hwa Rang

Hwa Rang 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 Tae Kwon Do developed into maturity. The 29th was organized by General Choi who later became acclaimed as the founder of modern Taekwondo. Hwa Rang translates to ‘Blossoming Flower’ or ‘Blossoming Manhood.’ The Hwa Rang Do warriors were a group of young men trained by Silla province to defend from the rival Korean provinces of Paekche and Koguryu. These young men were not only skilled in the combat arts but also trained in poetry, writing, painting, reading, music, and other intellectual pursuits. Hwa Rang is done at the brown and high brown belt level. The color brown represents the healing process. As bruises heal, they change from purple to brown. This is a reminder that perseverance and dedication have brought you to this point. You did not give up when you got hurt or faced a challenge but kept going. Also, brown symbolizes a tree. We see the trunk and leaves of a tree but just as important are the roots which support the tree. The Kyu ranks serve as the roots of your martial arts training to support you as continue your journey through the degrees of black belt. The high brown belt has a black stripe through the center. This stripe is a reminder of the goal to achieve black belt and a reminder that training in the martial arts is a continuous journey.

Hwa Rang Front View

Hwa Rang Rear View

  • Self-Defense (Triangle)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab Front Kick
  • Sparring

    Two one-minute contact rounds One one-minute two-on-one round
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick Inside Crescent Kick Outside Crescent Kick Step Up Hook Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw Major Hip Throw
  • Breaking

    Black Board: - Upper Body - Lower Body Additional Requirements at Instructor’s Discretion

Kata:

A student at this level must master all katas, Taikokyu Shodan through Hwa Rang. He/she will be tested on Hwa Rang and two surprise katas drawn from a hat.
  • Self-Defense (Triangle)

    Overhead Attack Haymaker Punch Straight Punch Two Hand Push Single Lapel Grab Double Lapel Grab Front Kick
  • Sparring

    Three one-minute contact rounds One one-minute two-on-one round
  • Techniques

    Front Kick Step Behind Side-Kick Number 2 Round Kick Backspin Side Kick Inside Crescent Kick Outside Crescent Kick Step Up Hook Kick
  • Rolls/Falls/Throws

    Front Judo Roll Back Break Fall Side Fall Choke Throw Major Hip Throw
  • Breaking

    Younger than 16: - 1 Board Upper Body - 1 Board Lower Body 16 and Older - 2 Boards Upper Body, Blind Draw - 2 Boards Lower Body, Blind Draw