Click here to download the Stances ZIP archive. This ZIP archive contains huge A3 sized GIF images for each Taekwon-do stance. Additionally, this ZIP file also contains an Open Document Graphic (ODG) file which houses each stance in Scaleable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. SVG drawings are stored mathematically rather than as a “rasterized” moasic of pixels (as is the case with the GIF images) meaning that they can be scaled to any size without loosing image quality.
The SVG/ODG files can be opened by a number of paid and freeware applications. The file itself was authored with Open Office’s Draw application (see: http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html). You can download a freeware portable version of Open Office from http://portableapps.com/apps/office/openoffice_portable.
The stance drawings utilize the proportions of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to ensure accurate scaling and layout. da Vinci’s notes on the original drawing specify in part (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitruvian_Man):
- a foot is 4 palms
- a man is 24 palms
- the maximum width of the shoulders is a quarter of the height of a man (24 palms / 4 = 6 palms)
Ergo, the maximum width of the shoulders is equal to 1.5 times the length of the foot (6/4=1.5). Therefore, 1 shoulder width in the drawings equates to 1.5 foot lengths.
These drawings are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-By-SA) and may be used, reused, modified or otherwise for any purpose (including commercial use) as long as the following copyright notice is retained in full:
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