The forms of Taekwondo are a formal series of movements that have been designed over many years to exercise your movement, speed, and power. Executing a form successfully is an act of meditation in movement and requires your utmost concentration. It is important that a student understands the philosophy of both Taekwondo training and the meaning of the poomsae in order to perform the poomsae properly. Providing this level of understanding ensures a true educational experience aligned with the cultural understanding for the meaning of the poomsae occurs during their training. The teaching of Taekwondo philosophy is equally important as the physical exercise of training. Example: Connecting the meaning of poomsae to how the poomsae is performed is to truly understand how to perform the poomsae.
Poomsae are to be taught utilizing the UWTA teaching system and professional terminology as articulated during instructor training sessions conducted by the organization. UWTA testing requirements mandate that the Kukkiwon Poomsae be used for examinations (not the WTF/USAT or other group’s competition style).
The Kukkiwon poomsae consist of the “Yougupja” Taeguek patterns and the “Youdanja” Black Blet patterns.
In the UWTA we have injected the KeeCho ILJang poomsae out of respect for our heritage with the Korea
Taekwondo MooDukKwan. Keecho is the first MooDukKwan form used in their system. It is performed at our 9th Gup Level. We do not have a poomsae for the 10th Gup level. It is left to the instructors discretion to devise their own training curriculum at this level; however, training in the basic blocks, kicks, strikes and stances provides more than enough curriculum for a beginner. Proper training will include practical application of all of the beginner techniques with and without a partner.