Today, I would like to tell you the meaning behind the forms we learn. The Korean term for form is Poomse. Each Poomse has a specific meaning and purpose. The overall purpose is to practice kicking and punching in a simulated defense situation. I'll start with the Palgwes, yellow belt in particular. There are eight Palgwe forms, Pal(eight) and Gwe(trigrams). The trigram represents the fundamental principles of reality, for example: wind, water and fire. I will try to have a new post up weekly!
Palgwe Il Jang
The things to keep in mind when practicing your forms are technique, attitude, posture and balance, precision, timing, power, breathing, and the very important Kihap! The kihap yell during your form shows your spirit, and Master Hwang likes a lot of spirit!