Pattern Joong Gun – 32 movements
Joong Gun is the blue belt level form in the Chang Hon system of patterns. This pattern is very technical, and introduces new ways to utilize techniques that the student already knows. Many of the movements are thrown from a close quarter distance, and focus on precision to hit the correct target area.
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.
Joong Gun – Sky, and the Continued Upward Attainment
After developing a student’s foundation, and then further focusing on power generation, the instructor’s work becomes maintaining that upward trajectory. At blue belt, we discover that by playing with ranges of motion and finding different points of contact, we can develop strategies for unusual attack situations. Many students feel a plateau in progression at blue belt, but it is also the rank in which a martial artist can really feel more creativity and ease in their abilities.
The patterns created in the Chang Hon system are named after important people, places, or historical events in Korean history.
The 32 movements in Joong Gun run in an “I” shape diagram.
Joong Gun leads with an inverted ridge hand, followed by a lead leg front kick. These are both quick, yet powerful strikes. As the form continues, it is punctuated by upward elbows, double strikes to the chin and lower abdomen, as well as an overhead block. It includes techniques to break away from wrist grabs and stance work to add power to punches. Near the end of the pattern, you will see similar pressing stance work that was introduced in Yul Gok. The pattern ends with pole blocks.
After the pattern concludes, the left foot returns to ready stance.