Do-San – Yellow-Black Belt Pattern (R24)

Pattern Do San – 24 movements

Do San is the yellow-black belt level form in the Chang Hon system of patterns. It introduces more variations of blocks, more open hand self defense techniques, and incorporates kicks for the first time in the beginner level patterns.

As with all patterns and new movements, we encourage you to learn your forms in class, with an instructor. This video series allows you to recall what you learned in class to ensure that you practice correctly at home. There is nuance to every move and pattern, and we want to ensure that you do not develop bad habits.

In the following video, you can practice along with Stevens Family instructors Jack Stevens III, and Jenna Davis. Master Jack Stevens calls out each technique, so you can practice with video assistance, or just listen for cues.

Do San – Energy from the Sun

Each of our solid color belts progresses to a black stripe belt to denote a “senior level” belt. Therefore, a solid yellow is a junior or “2nd grade”, a yellow-black stripe is a senior yellow or “4th grade” yellow. There is no additional meaning of the black stripe that students need to memorize. However, they will now begin to learn the “Student Oath.”

The student’s path to improvement is now clear. Do San is still considered a beginner level pattern, however, it incorporates offensive moves beyond basic punches. The student will perform kicks, move diagonally, and there is much more attention placed on the target area for each technique. 

The patterns created in the Chang Hon system are named after important people, places, or historical events in Korean history.

Pattern Synopsis

The 24 movements in Do San follow a similar “I” shape formation as Dan Gun. It begins with block and punch, then quickly advances to a series of functional self defense movements with a downward palm block and spearhead to the throat. The previous pattern’s spinning footwork makes a comeback with a 180 degree backfist. After some brief repetition, the second half of Do San features bilateral kicking techniques, and finishes with spinning knife hands and deep middle stances.

This pattern requires body awareness. More range of motion on the spinning techniques makes it more difficult to land in solid stancing. This is also the first pattern that deviates from the basic “north, south, east, west” map, and introduces different angles. 

After the pattern concludes, the right foot returns to ready position.

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