Hwa-Rang – Red Belt Pattern (R29)

Pattern Hwa Rang – 29 movements

Hwa Rang is the red belt level form in the Chang Hon system of patterns. Until this point, almost all forms were designed bilaterally, with equal attention given to the left and right side of the body. Hwa Rang challenges the practitioner’s ability to memorize, as many of the movements are performed only once, or in odd numbers per side. 

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.

Hwa Rang – Danger, the technician has power, but has not yet learned control

Red belt students are the first “advanced” level students. By this time, the student’s ability to display powerful technique should feel like second nature. All 13 elements of power should be evident in their movements. However, this power is not yet fully compatible with precision. The martial artist is still learning how to refine their power, technique, and accuracy. Hwa Rang is designed for powerful movements that must be thrown to precise targets.

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

Pattern Synopsis

Hwa Rang has only 29 movements (though many are singular and not repeated), and returns to the “I” shaped diagram. 

The first move in Hwa Rang clears a path for two follow-up strikes. You will then see a series of quick blocks, grabs and strikes, before advancing forward. Here, the practitioner will trap their attacker’s hand, pulling them into a side kick. After changing directions, Hwa Rang features powerful turning round kicks, strikes to multiple attackers, and a piercing elbow strike. It finishes with knife hand blocks in either direction.

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