Taegeuk attempt to embody the principal of um-yang, the Korean equivelant of yin-yang.
These forms are also numbered 1-8 and are used to teach a variety of tae kwon do techniques. The forms become progressively more complicated as the progress from 1 to 8.
The WTF now uses the Tae geuk forms in World Tae kwon do Poomse Competition.
From Tae kwon do forms to the I Ching Trigrams
Illustrated TKD Forms : Tae geuk
Some forms in the Tang Soo Do style are the Pyang Ahn poomse.
The Pyang Ahn forms were used prior to 1967 when most kwans adopted the Palgwe forms for colored belt curriculum.
I personally like them very much. They are different from the Palgwe and Taegeuk and are quite beautiful.
Tae kwon do form video :
Another set of black belt forms are the Nai han chi (which I have also heard pronounced nai bo chin)
My school which is not specifically a Tang Soo Do school, teaches these forms to black belts to further their education in taekwondo techniques.
There are 3 nai han chi taekwondo forms that we perform as a trilogy once they are all mastered.
Tae kwon do form video : Nai Han Chi
ITF tae kwon do patterns
The Palgwe poomse are long fluid deliveries with many long stances while your head strives to stay level at all times.
Tae geuk patterns are shorter, sharper more compact deliveries intended to be more modern.
Down blocks leave the fist aligned with the groin while palgwe down blocks leave the fist aligned with the thigh.
ITF traditional hyung are noticably different. They are characterized by circular motions and long deliveries. There is a rhythmic rising and falling of the head in a wave motion as you move through the form.
ITF tae kwon do video :
Chang Hun forms
- Chon Ji
- Dan Gun
- Do San
- Won Hyo
- Yul Gok
- Joong Gun
- Toi Gye
- Hwa Rang
- Choong Moo
- Kwang Gae
- Po Eun
- Ge Baek
ATA and ITA tae kwon do forms
The ATA used the chang hun forms listed above for many years before introducing the Songham system. Songham forms are protected under US copyright laws.
ITA use the original 24 chang hun forms of the Oh Do Kwan with no modern variations. The first 12 of these tae kwon do forms, video are accessible through the links above.
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