Toi-Gye – Blue-Black Belt Pattern (R37)

Pattern Toi Gye – 37 movements

Toi Gye is the senior blue belt (blue belt black stripe) form in the Chang Hon system of patterns. This form features repetition of movements, yet it is highly technical. There is special attention noted in the geometry of the martial artist’s movements throughout all of Toi Gye.  

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.

Toi Gye – Sky, and the Continued Upward Attainment

As a senior level blue belt, students must be constantly preparing for the next step in their journey. By this time, they have solidified strong fundamentals, developed power, pressure tested themselves in sparring situations, tested their accuracy with board breaking, and continued to set new goals. At this point, they are preparing for the journey to red belt, and finally being considered an advanced level student.

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

Pattern Synopsis

The 37 movements in Toi Gye are performed in the same “scholar” diagram as Yul Gok. The layout looks like a capital letter “T”, with a strike drawn horizontally through the middle. 

Toi Gye begins traditionally, with a block. It is followed by a grab and low strike.  After revisiting a few movements from the previous level pattern, it continues with mountain blocks. Notice that the arms and legs of the practitioner mimic the same angles. Once the pattern turns to the opposite side, it heads in a straight line, with more intricate stancing shifts. The pattern finishes with scoop blocks from both sides and shifting angles, the ending with a strong middle stance, punch. 

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