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Most patterns may be performed using four different methods: traditional, quick, power, and concentration. Each method has its own specific purpose.

  • Traditional. This is the normal method to perform a pattern. It is the way patterns will be performed during a promotion testing or in competition. This method integrates the other three methods into a smooth, rhythmic presentation where each step flows gracefully into the next in an orderly fashion.
  • Quick. To perform a pattern using the quick method, complete it as fast as you can while still maintaining proper form and power. Each step is done in a quick, snappy fashion.
  • Power. To perform a pattern using the power method, perform each movement and technique using maximum power while maintaining proper form. Each step should still be performed smoothly and in an orderly fashion.
  • Concentration. To perform a pattern using the concentration method, perform each movement and technique slowly and deliberately with maximum concentration, while maintaining proper form. Each movement should be performed smoothly and in an orderly fashion but the body is kept under maximum tension. Each movement is performed as if your body was refusing to do the movement and you must fight against it to complete the movement. This method is mentally and physically exhausting.

Other ways to perform patterns

  • Count moves
    • With basic count
    • With multiple steps per count
    • Without count
  • Speed
    • Very Slow
    • Slow
    • Normal
    • Fast
    • Very Fast
  • Tension
    • Soft
    • Normal
    • Hard
  • Stance
    • Short
    • Normal
    • Long
  • Vision
    • Eyes Open
    • Eyes Closed for spatial and positional awareness
  • Partner(s)
    • Without
    • With
  • Kiai
    • Without
    • With kiai at specific points
    • With kiai on every technique.
  • Breathing
    • Normal breathing
    • Inhale on chamber exhale on technique
    • Slow breathing
  • Backward
    • Perform all pattern backward from the end.
    • Mirror Image
    • Start right instead of left or start left instead of right.
  • Rhythmic
    • Group techniques into defensive units according to a pre-determined plan. Simulating reality but with perfect form.
    • Random Turn Command
    • On command, stop, turn 90 degrees (or some other amount), and resume.
  • Emotional states
    • Very High Energy. Express volatile tension and expressive anger while using vigorous, strong, explosive, instinctive movements.
    • High Energy. Express internal tension and non-expressive anger while using dynamic tension, strong and restrained, and conscious and deliberate movements.
    • Medium Energy. Express formality while using firm, restrained and firm, conscious and deliberate movements.
    • Low Energy. Express relaxation with light/fast, unrestrained, soft, and instinctive movements.
    • Very Low Energy. Express sedation with relaxed, passive, unrestrained, soft and slow, conscious and deliberate movements.
  • With One Hand
    • In a fight, you may have one arm injured.
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