Taekwondo began it’s life in the middle of the 20th century in Korea. The art was developed from traditional Korean martial arts taekkyon and subak however it was also influenced by Karate..
Since it’s creation, patterns have been an important part of the Taekwondo syllabus. In the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) patterns are usually referred to as Poomse. in International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) they are sometimes called tul, other times they are simply called forms, they all refer to the same thing : a pre-determined set of moves against an imaginary enemy.
Puma Taekwondo Club – Master Dennis Robinson. “Investing in the True Spirit of Taekwondo”
Along with sparring, patterns are one of the most important aspects of Taekwondo Training. Many practitioners dislike patterns however in order to progress to the next belt you need to perform, so it’s important to know your patterns for your next grading. The more you learn in Taekwondo the more you will appreciate the benefits of patterns, they really do help you learn all the different techniques as you progress and are a great form of conditioning.