Why the Kukkiwon replaced Palgwe poomsae by Yugupja Taegeuk Poomsae

4:02:00 AM Tkd kwan 8 Comments





Palgwe Il Jang is one the poomsaes that only the old Taekwondo generation know, and if you ask students who started Taekwondo in this century about them you would notice that they have no idea about the name, except is there are grand masters or masters mentioning them or sometimes teaching them. 
Palgwe 1 poomsae are different than Taegeug 1 poomsae. 
Example of differences :

The stances in Palgwe 1 are Ap Kubi (front stance) and Dwit Kubi (back stance). 




The stances in Taegeuk 1 are Ap seogi (walking stance) and Ap kubi (front Stance). 



8 comments:

  1. Ap Kubi is not open stance. Naranhi seogi is open stance. Ap Kubi is front stance, more correctly bent knee front stance.

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    1. GM Giamo is correct. Sometimes Apseogi is called a "walking stance," and Apkubi is called a "Lunging stance." However, GM Giamo is correct about the translation of Apkubi--"front leg bent." Likewise, Dwitkubi is "rear leg bent," not back stance.

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  2. Taeguk forms use to not have a "walking stance" that just came about in the past 10 years or so and the front stance was taught differently than it is now. The front stance they use now is a lot more narrow than it use to be.

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  3. Still didn't see any info about why Palgwes were replaced by Taegeuks.

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    1. I've read it was partly because Palgwe were devised quickly to differentiate from ITF patterns. They were then revised to, in part, make it easier for kids to learn.

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  4. It's my understanding that when General Choi left South Korea, returning to his home in North Korea, the Kukkiwon felt the need to legitimize the South Korean branch of TKD which gave rise to the WTF. They did this, on part, by developing their own eight poomse, the Taegeuk series. My master taught both, Taegeuk for 1st Dan and Palgwe plus Koryo for 2nd Dan.

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  5. As quoted from Wiki:- ITF taekwondo organizations credits Choi with starting the spread of taekwondo internationally by stationing Korean taekwondo instructors around the world,[8] and have consistently claimed that ITF-style taekwondo is the only authentic style of taekwondo, most notably in early sections of its textbooks.[12] He was also the author of the first English taekwondo syllabus book, Taekwon-Do, published by Daeha Publication Company in 1965. In 1972, Choi went into exile in Canada after the South Korean government objected to his introduction of the sport into North Korea, and the South Korea government formed the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) in 1973[9] (renamed to WT in 2018). He moved again in 1979 to North Korea where he was welcomed by the government and supported in his project of spreading Taekwondo to the world.[13] He was remembered as the founder and champion of taekwondo. We were taught Palgwe until 1977 and then gradually switched to Taeguk although some schools still teach both

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