Pattern Hyun Sil – 50 movements
Hyun Sil is the third of 4 forms that make up the pattern Choong Sil, developed by Grandmaster Robert Hardin for the Choong Sil Kwan Taekwondo Federation. It maintains similar symmetry as seen in most forms, but each section features a turn or change in direction after nearly every movement. The technician will constantly change directions to attack and defend.
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.
Hyun Sil – Actualization
Hyun Sil pattern displays techniques for the intermediate to advanced Taekwondo student. It is comprised of 50 movements in a linear form. It symbolizes Actualization, the third phase of a developing martial artist, in which the practitioner begins to see the results of their hard work. Hyun Sil teaches multidirectional, as well as short and long range blocking and striking. Constantly changing direction helps the student learn quick balance, awareness of surroundings, and provides a mental challenge.
Although Hyun Sil begins with retreating blocks, it quickly changes direction for the second block. These blocks are followed by long and short range kicking and striking attacks, utilizing various elbow strikes and turning kicks. After briefly repeating the series on the opposite side, the pattern quickly flows into a quick series of attacks. Balance plays a key feature in each sequence because of the constant changes in direction. This form ends with bilateral side kicks and knife hands, followed by a fadeaway ridgehand attack, and a downward motion hammer fist.
When practiced as a single pattern, the left foot returns to ready stance. When performed as part of pattern Choong Sil, the right foot will step back to flow directly into pattern Sil Hyun.
From the Choong Sil Kwan philosophy:
“Actualization is taking the first step and entering into the process of the work and reward system. The development of a strong work ethic is the most important element in this philosophy. Even the most average of people can achieve excellence through a positive work habit.”