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Patterns are sets of memorized motions that must be performed in a prescribed order and way. The performance of a pattern is judged by how close the movements come to perfection as defined by a specific martial art, organization, school, or instructor. Most, but not all, martial arts use patterns as a training tool. If used correctly, patterns are useful tools in building the mental and physical skills needed to be a martial artist.


Fundamentals. What patterns are and their history.

Performance. How to perform patterns properly.

Pattern sets. What pattern sets are and some examples.

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