Jay-ooGold Belt - 26 movements
In Korean, Jay-oo means 'freedom'. This kata was developed by Jhoon Rhee and is the first kata you learn at AKSD. In the words of Jhoon Rhee:
The form "Jayoo" has been created in appreciation of the value of freedom. A concept which has been spread throughout the world since our founding fathers created this nation with the freedom system protected by the Constitution of the United States of America.
George Mason, one of the wisest of those founding fathers said, "Liberty is the gift of God, not the government; and the purpose of government is to protect that liberty, not destroy it." I believe our future world can be bright only if we choose to work to light the hearts of our young people by our living example. True liberty is practiced within the law of human conscience. Free behaviors that follow the animal instinct are not true freedom but are license. We must be able to distinguish license from freedom.
Chun-GiOrange Belt - 19 movements
Literally, Chun-Ji means "heaven and earth" and refers to the creation of the world or the beginning of human history.
Tan GunGreen Belt - 21 movements
Tan-Gun is named after the holy Dangun, the legendary founder of Korea in 2333 BC. All the punches in Tan-Gun are high section (at chin level), symbolising Dangun scaling a mountain.
Toe-SanBlue Belt - 27 movements
Toe-San is a pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-ho. The movements represent his entire life, which he devoted to furthering education in Korea and the Korean independence movement.
Won-HyoAdv. Blue Belt - 27 movements
This pattern is named after the noted monk Wonhyo who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 AD.
Yul-GokPurple Belt - 36 movements
Yul-Gok is a pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar Yi I nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". Originally the kata had 38 movements that refer to his birthplace on 38-degree latitude and the diagram of the pattern represents scholar.
Chun-GwenAdv. Purple - 36 movements
Chun-Gwen (or Joong-Gun) is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. Originally the kata had 32 movements to represent Mr. Ahn's age when he was executed at Lui-Shung Prison in 1910.