Tae Geuk is the name of the Poomsae (form or pattern) we practice. We practice eight (8) different Tae Geuk Poomsaes.
Tae-Geuk : Name of Poomsae we practice
Ordinal Number: Il(1st), Ee(2nd), Sam(3rd), Sa(4th), Oh(5th), Yook(6th), Chil(7th), Pal(8th), Goo(9th), Ship(10th)
Jang : Lesson, chapter
Forms are one of the most important elements in the development of Taekwondo. They range from beginner through master levels. While the forms' steps may seem easy to learn, their difficulty lies in the necessity to perfect certain skills to perform said forms; refinement of coordination and balance, precision of timing, breath control and rhythm, concentration, agility and strength all need to be mastered to execute a poomsae properly.
Poomsaes are essentially a series of defending and attacking movements performed against imaginary opponents in a set pattern. The movements include 90, 180, and 360 degree turns and motions of up, down, left, and right in order to deal with a wide array of attacks from all possible directions. It is essential in Taekwondo for students to become equally proficient in defending or attacking from both the left and right side of the body as the situation demands. To perfect a poomsae series, practice repetitively until it is deeply ingrained so that all movements are instinctive. Remember, simply memorizing a poomsae is not important – performing a poomsae with crisp, precise movements that display strength and proficiency is key.