Chunbi Hand Positions
All patterns start and end with a chunbi (ready) position. The position symbolize various states of readiness. The basic chunbi (both fists in front of the belt knot) shows a warrior who is ready to defend him or herself at a moment's notice. Chunbi using high twin open hands held in a triangular shape shows a warrior in meditation. Chunbi using low crossed open hands shows a warrior at peace with him or herself. Chunbi using an enclosed fist symbolizes the restrained force of Taekwondo. Taekwondo may be a destructive force when unleashed, this is symbolized by the closed fist. However, we train to restrain this force and only use it for a just and honorable reason. This is symbolized by the open hand that encloses the fist.
Patterns must be learned from a qualified instructor. Pattern movements may be learned from a book, but the emphasis and flow of the movements and the metal aspects of a pattern are learned from the watchful eye of an instructor. All patterns have specific movements that must be perform in a specific order and speed, but there is still room for variation. The height, weight, gender, age, etc. of a student affects the performance. These factors also affect how the instructor teaches the pattern.