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Hwa-Rang pattern was the first pattern devised in the Ch’ang Hon Tae Kwon-Do system and was created in 1955 in Korea by Colonel Nam Tae Hi and Sergeant Han Cha Kyo. It is named after the Hwa-Rang, who were also known as the Flowering Knights, skilled in martial ways but also in cultural history, etiquette and religious teachings. These warriors came from Silla, a Kingdom at the southern end of the Korean peninsula in the late 6th and early 7th Century, lasting until the 10th Century, some hundreds of years before the Samurai arose in Japan. They were instrumental in the unification of the Korean Peninsula Kingdoms into a single unified country. The 29 movements represent the 29th Infantry Division of the Korean Army where Tae Kwon-Do was developed. The 29th Infantry Division was formed in 1953 on Je-Ju Island and uses a clenched fist as it’s Divisional Emblem. 

29 Movements

Ready: Feet together with open hands forming a “V” in front of belt.

1. Move the left foot into horse-riding stance, executing a left palm block to centre of body.

2. Execute a right mid-section punch.

3. Execute a left mid-section punch.

4. Pivot on the left foot turning 90˚ to the right into left back stance and perform a twin forearm block.

5. Execute a left hammer fist strike to your front, bringing the right hand back to the left shoulder.

6. Execute a mid-section punch with the right fist whilst moving the right foot into fixed stance.

7. Execute a downward right knife-hand strike whilst forming a left vertical stance, pulling the right foot back.

8. Move the left foot into forward stance and execute a left mid-section punch.

9. Move the left foot 90˚ to the left into left forward stance and execute a left low-section block.

10. Step the right foot forward into right forward stance and execute a right mid-section punch.

11. Pull the left foot forward to the right foot, at the same time grasp the right fist with the left hand bending the right arm slightly.

12. Execute a mid-section right side kick while pulling both hands back, then lower the right foot into left back stance an execute a right knife-hand strike. 

13. Step forward into left forward stance and execute a left mid-section punch.

14. Step forward into right forward stance and execute a right mid-section punch.

15. Pivot on the right foot 90˚ anti-clockwise into right back stance and execute a mid-section knife hand guarding block.

16. Step forward into right forward stance executing a right spear hand after bringing the left hand downwards.

17. Bring the right foot across to the left and step into right back stance executing a mid-section knife hand guarding block.

18. Execute a right high section turning kick.

19. Execute a left high section turning kick the place left foot down into right back stance with twin knife-hand block.

20. Turn 90˚ to the left, moving the left foot into left forward stance and execute a left low section block.

21. Pull the left foot back and across to your centre to form a right back stance and execute a right mid-section reverse punch at a 30˚ angle out from straight ahead.

22. Step forward into left back stance and execute a left reverse punch at a 30˚ angle out from straight ahead.

23. Step forward into right back stance and execute a right mid-section reverse punch at a 30˚ angle out from straight ahead.

24. Execute a left low section X-block whilst slipping the left foot into left forward stance.

25. Pivot 180˚ on the left foot, moving into right back stance and execute a right elbow strike. Left hand settles on the left hip.

26. Pivot 90˚ anti-clockwise on the right foot into closed stance and execute a right inner forearm block simultaneously with a left low section block.

27. Execute a left inner forearm block simultaneously with a right low section block. Use hips to generate power.

28. Step forward with the left foot into right back stance and execute a twin knife-hand guarding block.

29. Close the stance by bringing the left foot back, turn 180˚ clockwise and step out into left back stance and execute a twin knife-hand guarding block. (Kyup)

Finish: Move the right foot back into ready stance

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