Taekwon-Do Patterns - So-San

So-San is the pseudonym of the great monk Choi Hyong Ung (1520-1604) during the Lee Dynasty. The 72 movements refer to his age when he organized a corps of monk soldiers with the assistance of his?pupil Sa Myung Dang. The monk soldiers helped repulse the Japanese pirates who overran most of the Korean peninsula in 1592.

Movements - 72

Ready Posture - CLOSE READY STANCE A

  1. Slide to C to form a right rear foot stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with the forearm.
  2. Execute a middle vertical punch to D with the right fist while forming a left walking stance toward D, slipping the left foot.
  3. Slide to C to form a left rear foot stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with the forearm.
  4. Execute a middle vertical punch to D with the left fist while forming a right walking stance toward D, slipping the right foot.
  5. Execute a high side block to BC with the right knife-hand while forming a left walking stance toward BC.
  6. Execute a middle punch to BD with the left fist while forming a sitting stance toward BD. Perform 5 and 6 in a fast motion.
  7. Execute a high side block to BD with the left knife-hand while forming a right walking stance toward BD.
  8. Execute a middle punch to BD with the right fist while forming a sitting stance toward BD. Perform 7 and 8 in a fast motion.
  9. Move the right foot to C turning clockwise to form a parallel stance toward A while executing a horizontal strike with a twin knife-hand.
  10. Execute a high side piercing kick to C with the right foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 9.
  11. Execute a high turning kick to D with the right foot. Perform 10 and 11 in a continuous kick.
  12. Lower the right foot to D in a jumping motion to form a right X-stance toward BD while executing a high side strike to D with the right back fist and bringing the left finger belly to the right side fist.
  13. Move the left foot to C forming a parallel stance toward B while executing a horizontal strike with a twin knife-hand.
  14. Execute a high side piercing kick to C with the left foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 13.
  15. Execute a high turning kick to D with the left foot. Perform 14 and 15 in a continuous kick.
  16. Lower the left foot to D in a jumping motion to form a left X-stance toward AD while executing a high side strike to D with the left back fist and bringing the right finger belly to the left side fist.
  17. Move the left foot to A forming a right L-stance toward A executing a low punch to A with a left double fist.
  18. Bring the right palm on the left fore fist and then twist them counter clockwise until the left back fist faces downward while forming a left walking stance toward A, slipping the left foot. Perform in a releasing motion.
  19. Execute a high punch to A with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward A.
  20. Move the left foot on line AB to form a left L-stance toward B while executing a low punch to B with a right double fist.
  21. Bring the left palm on the right fore fist and then twist them clockwise until the right back fist faces downward while forming a right walking stance toward B, slipping the right foot. Perform in a releasing motion.
  22. Execute a high punch to B with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward B.
  23. Slide to B to form a right L-stance toward B while executing an upset punch to B with the right middle knuckle fist and bringing the left side fist in front of the right shoulder.
  24. Execute a front strike to B with the right back fist while forming a left walking stance toward B, slipping the right foot.
  25. Slide to A, turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward A while executing an upset punch to A with the left middle knuckle fist and bringing the right side fist in front of the left shoulder.
  26. Execute a front strike to A with the left back fist while forming a right walking stance toward A, slipping the left foot.
  27. Move the left foot to D forming a right walking ready stance toward C.
  28. Jump to execute a flying front snap kick to C with the right foot.
  29. Land to C forming a left L-stance toward C while executing a middle guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  30. Move the right foot to D to form a left walking stance toward C while executing a high front block with the right forearm.
  31. Execute a middle punch to C with the left fist while shifting to C, maintaining a left walking stance toward C.
  32. Turn clockwise, pivoting with the left foot to form a right walking stance toward D while executing a high front block with the left forearm.
  33. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while shifting to D, maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  34. Execute a middle block to BC with a double arc-hand while forming a left walking stance toward BC and looking through the hands.
  35. Execute a high inward strike to BC with the right knife-hand and bringing the left side fist in front of the right shoulder while maintaining a left walking stance toward BC.
  36. Execute a circular block to BD with the left inner forearm while forming a right walking stance toward D.
  37. Execute a high punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  38. Execute a low front snap kick to D with the left foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 37.
  39. Lower the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing amiddle punch to D with the left fist.
  40. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Perform 39 and 40 in a fast motion.
  41. Execute a rising block with an X-knife-hand while maintaining a left walking stance toward D.
  42. Execute a middle block to AC with a double arc-hand while forming a right walking stance toward AC and looking through the hands.
  43. Execute a high inward strike to AC with the left knife-hand and bringing the right side fist in front of the left shoulder while maintaining a right walking stance toward AC.
  44. Execute a circular block to AD with the right inner forearm while forming a left walking stance toward D.
  45. Execute a high punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D.
  46. Execute a low front snap kick to D with the right foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 45.
  47. Lower the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
  48. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D. Perform 47 and 48 in a fast motion.
  49. Execute a rising block with an X-knife-hand while maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  50. Move the left foot to D, and then slide to D, turning counter-clockwise to form a right L-stance toward C while executing a low guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  51. Jump to C, spinning counter-clockwise to form a right L-stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with the forearm.
  52. Execute a low block to D with the right knife-hand and a middle outward block to D with the left inner forearm while forming a left walking stance toward D, slipping the left foot.
  53. Execute a high punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Perform 52 and 53 in a continuous motion.
  54. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while forming a right L-stance toward D, pulling the left foot.
  55. Move the right foot to D, and then slide to D, turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward C while executing a low guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  56. Jump to C, spinning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with the forearm.
  57. Execute a low block to D with the left knife-hand and a middle outward block to D with the right inner forearm while forming a right walking stance toward D slipping the right foot.
  58. Execute a high punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D. Perform 57 and 58 in a continuous motion.
  59. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while forming a left L-stance toward D, pulling the right foot.
  60. Move the right foot to the side rear of the left foot, and then slide to C, forming a left L-stance toward D at the same time executing a scooping block with the right palm.
  61. Shift to D, maintaining a left L-stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the left fist.
  62. Turn clockwise while forming a left bending ready stance A toward C.
  63. Execute a high side piercing kick to C with the right foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 62.
  64. Lower the right foot to C, forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a middle punch to C with the left fist.
  65. Move the right foot to D, forming a right L-stance toward C while executing a middle guarding block to C with a knife-hand.
  66. Move the left foot to the side rear of the right foot, and then slide to D, forming a right L-stance toward C while executing a scooping block with the left palm.
  67. Shift to C, maintaining a right L-stance toward C while executing a middle punch to C with the right fist.
  68. Turn counter-clockwise while forming a right bending ready stance A toward C.
  69. Execute a high side piercing kick to D with the left foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 68.
  70. Lower the left foot to D to form a left walking stance toward D at the same time executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
  71. Move the left foot to C to form a left L-stance toward D while executing a middle guarding block to D with a knife-hand.
  72. Execute a high punch to D with the right fist while forming a right walking stance toward D, slipping the right foot. Perform 71 and 72 in a continuous motion.

END: Bring the right foot back to a ready posture.