A tul is a simulated fight with imaginary opponents in a fixed pattern. The 24 tuls which represent the 24 hours of a day are designed for the development of different techniques. The practice of tuls gives the opportunity to practice certain combinations of techniques that are not normally practiced in basic exercises.
Tuls contain many balance exercises, muscle control exercises and combination forms, making this type of training extremely suitable for maintaining your own technique, or improving it.
An advantage of tuls is that they can be practiced without a partner and are therefore extremely suitable for self-learning. The practice of tuls gives the practitioner the opportunity to train his mind.
The frequent practice of tuls gives a unity of body and mind, which allows to make an optimal movement each time all the energy (force) is collected. The essence of the tul is no longer in the movement itself, but in the way the mind gives it its correct form.
Tuls have a multifunctional role, they help develop and refine coordination, balance, timing, breathing techniques and rhythm. All of these skills are essential for a Taekwon-Doka to control them.
The following points should be observed when executing movements :
- A tul must end at the point where it began (for accuracy of execution).
- The posture and direction must be constantly correct.
- The tul should be performed rhythmically, gracefully, but with strength.
- The person performing the tul must know the purpose of each movement.
- The person performing the tul must know the name.
- The names of the exercises, the number of movements and their graphic representation
- symbolize heroic figures of Korean history, or have a direct link with memorable events with them.