Tae Kwon Do Kata (ITF Style)

Kata at MSTKD

Students at the Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do are required to master 1 kata, sometimes called "forms" or "hyungs", for each rank below Black Belt. An understanding and ability to perform the forms correctly is a requirement for advancement. Black belts are expected to know 3 advanced forms for each advanced rank they hold. So, a 1st Dan black belt testing for 2nd Dan would be required to know and correctly perform his or her 1st 12 kata.

Kata Essentials

  1. Kata should begin and end at exactly the same spot. This will indicate accuracy.
  2. Correct posture and facing must be maintained at all times
  3. Muscles of the body should be either tensed or relaxed at the proper critical moments in the kata.
  4. The kata should be performed in a rhythmic movement with an absence of stiffness.
  5. Movement should be accelerated or decelerated in accordance with the correct rythm of the kata
  6. Students should know the purpose of each movement.
  7. Students should know the meaning of each kata.

All patterns listed are performed under the assumption the student is facing "D" (see pattern diagrams).

There are a total of twenty-four patterns in Taekwon-Do. The name of the pattern, the number of movements, and the diagramm of each symbolize either heroic figures in Korean history or instances relating to historical events. The interpretation of each pattern will be found on its specific page. Click on the belt icon to navigate to the required form for that rank.

Chon Ji          Dan Gun          Do San          Won Hyo          Yul Gok          Joong Gun          Toi Gye          Hwa Rang          Choong Moo

For a directory of Black Belt kata, click Advanced Kata