The life of a human being, perhaps 100 years,
can be considered as a day when compared with eternity.Therefore,
we mortals are no more than simple travelers who pass by the eternal
years of an eon in a day. It is evident that no one can live more
than a limited amount of time. Nevertheless, most people foolishly
enslave themselves to materialism as if they could live for thousands
of years. And some people strive to bequeath a good spiritual
legacy for coming generations, in this way, gaining immortality.
Obviously, the spirit is perpetual while material is not; therefore,
what we can do to leave behind something for the welfare of mankind
is, perhaps, the most important thing in our lives.
Here I leave Taekwon-Do for mankind as a trace
of man of the late 20th century. The 24 patterns represent 24
hours, one day, or all my life. The name of the pattern, the number
of movements, and the diagrammatic symbol of each pattern symbolizes
either heroic figures in Korean history or instances relating
to historical events.
General Choi, Hong Hi
Reproduced, with permission, from
"Taekwon-Do (The Korean Art of Self Defense)"
also known as "The Condensed Encyclopedia."
Fifth Edition 1999, All rights reserved
Copyright 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999 General Choi, Hong Hi.
Redhill School of Tae Kwon-do,
Redhill and Reigate YMCA Sports Centre,
Princes Road, Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6JJ.