Poomsae 1 - 13

2:07:00 PM Tkd kwan 6 Comments

 Poomsae refers to a set sequence of martial arts movements in taekwondo. These movements are performed in a specific order and are designed to showcase the practitioner's skill, balance, power, and precision. Poomsae is an integral part of taekwondo training and is used to develop technique, discipline, and mental focus. Each poomsae has a specific name and is often based on traditional taekwondo techniques and principles.
The creation of Taekwondo poomsae, also known as forms or patterns, can be traced back to the early 1950s when the martial art was being systematized and standardized. The patterns were developed as a way to preserve and transmit the techniques and principles of Taekwondo in a structured and organized manner.
The first set of poomsae, known as the Palgwe will be replaced by Taegeuk forms established by the Korea Taekwondo Association around 1972. These forms were based on the concept of yin and yang and were designed to represent the idea of continuous development and progression in Taekwondo.
As Taekwondo spread internationally, various organizations and federations developed their own sets of poomsae, incorporating different techniques and philosophies. This led to the creation of multiple poomsae sets, including the Palgwe forms and the Black Belt forms.
Taekwondo Yougupja poomsae are the forms designed for kup grades (color belts), it is composed of alternate offense and defense techniques.
Yougupja poomsae starts from Taegeuk Il Jan (1) to Taegeuk Pal Jang (8)

Competitions involving poomsae were introduced to provide practitioners with the opportunity to demonstrate their technical proficiency, precision, and artistic interpretation of the movements. Poomsae competitions are judged based on criteria such as accuracy, power, balance, and rhythm, and are an integral part of Taekwondo tournaments at both national and international levels. 
These competitions serve to showcase the practitioners' mastery of Taekwondo techniques and are considered a significant aspect of the art's overall development and promotion.


  1. I hate this obsession with every kick being an attempt to knock a giraffe's teeth out.

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    2. Maybe the guy they're fighting is very tall, or maybe you're just jealous? I wish I was that limber.

    3. Like punches are aimed under your own nose - so should kicks be aimed for your own height of head and not above. It does not make any sense that high punches and kicks are not aimed at the same height.

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