When I worked in London for a living, I used to perform my patterns on the train on the way to work. I never received any funny looks, I was just doing them in my head. Its a good trick if you have dead time to fill.
Today, I spent 35 minutes in a dentist chair. Whilst I am not afraid of dentistry, I still find it unnerving and unpleasant having people and machinery poking around inside my chops. I decided that to help take my mind off the procedures, and to help regulate my breathing – and thus keep rising panic at bay – I would go though my patterns again, mentally. It was hard work, but it passed time, and helped to keep my breathing under control during the carnage. I started at Il-jang and got all the way chil-jang, pattern number 7. It got me through, but the ending of 7 was a little weak. Next time, I will practice it when I am having a haircut, far less unpleasant. Let’s see if I do better then.
So, train, dentist, and if you see my pictures on facebook, the beach…where do you practice your patterns?