The Tae Kwon Do Form

TAEKWONDO sparringTae Kwon Do is practised one of two ways, through performing forms, or patterns of movement, or through sparring.

Forms really form the groundwork of Tae Kwon Do Training. A form is made up of many moves strung together in logical fashion.

Often times practicality is not the goal of practicing a form, instead the goal is to further one’s ability to perform the techniques present in the form.

The number of forms depends on the school and organization, though it is common to learn one new form per rank, and possibly more forms per rank at higher ranks. Forms vary in their complexity, and tend to get more complex as rank increases.

The first step in form practice is memorization. As the forms can often get quite complex, it is important to be able to perform them confidently from memory. Usually when learning a form, it is helpful to practice alongside an instructor or senior student who knows the form well.

After memorization comes refinement, refinement of both the techniques found in the form and also the pacing and structure of the form it’s self.

 Pacing is very important to a form, when you get off pace it can lead to difficulty performing the moves correctly and also to balance issues. Another important aspect of Tae Kwon Do in general, and forms specifically, is the Kihap.

 The Kihap is a loud yell done after certain points in the form. It improves the form overall, as well as showing the strength and power of the individual performing the form.

Sometimes it is helpful so film yourself practicing the form so as to review things you may be able to improve upon that you may not notice while performing the form.

 When the time comes to show the form to an instructor, usually as a test to gain rank, or in competition, you must be able to execute the form comfortably and confidently, performing kihaps at the proper time and showing energy and strength throughout.

 Keep these things in mind during training and on testing day and your form will be top notch.

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