CHOONG-MOO was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king.
Instructional Video for ITF Pattern Choong-Moo
Demonstration Video of ITF Taekwondo Pattern 9 (Choong-Moo)
Demonstration Video of ITF Taekwondo Pattern 9 (Choong-Moo) directed by Gen. Choi Hong Hi
Written Instructions for ITF Taekwondo Pattern 9 (Choong-Moo)
To master Choong-Moo, you will need to work on your stances.
There are 30 movements in this ITF pattern.
Students start at C facing towards D (see position diagram below) and in a parallel ready stance
Turn left 90 degrees, move left foot towards B forming a right L-stance while executing a twin knife-hand block
Move the right foot to B forming a right walking stance while executing a high front strike towards B with the right knife-hand and bring the left back hand in front of the forehead
Move the right foot to A turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward A while executing a middle guarding block to A with a knife-hand
Move the left foot to A forming a left walking stance toward A while executing a high thrust to A with the left flat finger tip
Move the left foot to D forming a right L-stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with a knife-hand
Turn face towards C forming a left bending ready stance A toward C
Middle side piercing kick to C with the right foot
Lower the right foot to C forming a right L-stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with a knife-hand
Flying side piercing kick to D with the right foot soon after moving it to D and then land to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with a knife-hand
Move the left foot to E turning counter clockwise to form a right L-stance toward E at the same time executing a low block to E with the left forearm
Extend both hands upward as if to grab the opponent's head while forming a left walking stance toward E, slipping the left foot
Upward knee strike to E with the right knee and pulling both hands downward
Lower the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to F forming a left walking stance toward F while executing a high front strike to F with the right reverse knife-hand, bringing the left back hand under the right elbow joint
High turning kick to DF with the right foot and then lower it to the left foot
Middle back piercing kick to F with the left foot. Perform 14 and 15 in a fast motion
Lower the left foot to F forming a left L-stance toward E while executing a middle guarding block to E with the forearm
Middle turning kick to DE with the left foot
Lower the left foot to the right foot and then move the right foot to C forming a right fixed stance toward C while executing a U-shape block toward C
Jump and spin around counter clockwise, landing on the same spot to form a left L-stance toward C while executing a middle guarding block to C with a knife-hand
Move the left foot to C forming a left walking stance toward C at the same time executing a low thrust to C with the right upset fingertip
Side back strike to D with the right back fist and a low block to C with the left forearm while forming a right L-stance toward C, pulling the left foot
Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a middle thrust to C with the right straight finger tip
Move the left foot to B turning counter clockwise to form a left walking stance toward B while executing a high block to B with the left double forearm
Move the right foot to B forming a sitting stance toward C while executing a middle front block to C with the right forearm and then a high side strike to B with the right back fist
Middle side piercing kick to A with the right foot turning counter clockwise and then lower it to A
Middle side piercing kick to A with the left foot turning clockwise
Lower the left foot to A and then execute a checking block to B with an X-knife-hand while forming a left L-stance toward B pivoting with the left foot
Move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B while executing an upward block to B with a twin palm
Move the left foot on line AB and then execute a rising block with the right forearm while forming a right walking stance toward A
Middle punch towards A with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance towards A
Final step - Bring left foot back and return to the ready position.
ITF Taekwondo Pattern 9 (Choong-Moo) Position Diagram
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