Unfortunately, many of today's pattern performances are: superficial, contrived, mechanical, robotic, unrealistic, posturing, awkward theatrical productions that are meant to entertain, not to demonstrate principles or an understanding of movements. Spectators tend to show wild applause as they would at a rousing sporting event.
Instead, pattern performance should display: continuity power, finesse , fluidity, realism, focus, inspiration, harmony, integration, and unity of movement. Rather than being entertained, spectators should feel awe, as if they had just witnessed once in a lifetime event. They should have the warm feeling that comes from watching a masterful performance. Many will have a tear in the corner of their eyes. After watching a masterful performance, spectators tend to sit stunned for a moment, and then rise in loud, but respectful, applause. They feel they have been witness to something special. Not many pattern performances rise to this level, but it should be the goal of every Taekwondo practitioner.