Taekwondo Forms (Taegeuk) - Free Videos & Step-by-Step Instructions

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Taekwondo Forms (Taegeuk) - Free Videos & Step-by-Step Instructions

This page provides instructions for WTF or WT Taekwondo forms (Taegeuk forms). It covers Taekwondo color belt forms and Taekwondo black belt forms. You will need to learn these Taekwondo forms in order to be awarded your next level Taekwondo color belt or black belt. If you are looking for ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) Taekwondo patterns (i.e. Chon-Ji), please go to the main ITF Taekwondo Patterns section.

This Taekwondo form section covers the eight WT Taekwondo color belt forms (Taegeuk forms) and the nine WT Taekwondo black belt forms. Most WT Taekwondo schools use Taegeuk forms for the color belt levels. However, before the current Taegeuk forms were adopted, the WT used Palgwe forms. Therefore, there are still some Taekwondo schools that use the older Palgwe forms. Please check with your instructor to see your Taekwondo school uses Taegeuk forms or Palgwe forms.

FYI - This wiki section provides details & videos for the World Taekwondo (formerly known as WTF) forms. In 2017, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) changed its name to World Taekwondo (WT). This has led to a little confusion regarding what are WTF and WT forms but they are the same thing. The organization just changed its name to avoid the negative connotation associated with "WTF".

In addition, most students are often tested on the meaning of each WT Taekwondo form. Therefore, you should also visit the wiki section focused on meaning of Taegeuk forms in order to prep for a belt test.

Martial Arts Books - Taekwondo Forms

Introductory Non-Belt or White Belt Forms (Kibon) - Kibon are introductory forms taught to entry-level students at some Taekwondo schools.

List of Taekwondo Color Belt Forms (Taegeuk) - Click on pages below for form videos and/or written instructions

List of Taekwondo Black Belt Forms - Click on pages below for form videos and/or written instructions

  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 1 - Koryo
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 2 - Keumgang
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 3 - Taebaek
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 4 - Pyongwon
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 5 - Sipjin
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 6 - Jitae
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 7 - Cheonkwon
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 8 - Hansu
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Form 9 - Ilyo

Reasons for Taekwondo Forms & Patterns

In Korean, Taekwondo forms are generally known as Poomse. Poomse can also be spelled as Poomsae, Pumsae, etc. In addition, Taekwondo forms are known as patterns, teul, tul, hyeong, hyung, etc. In Japanese martial arts such as Karate, forms and patterns are known as kata.

Many martial arts styles use forms in order to help students practice certain moves (i.e. kicking techniques, self-defense techniques and various strikes) as well as for improving a student's physical conditioning, muscle memory, focus/concentration, balance, etc. For additional benefits, you should read our section on the Benefits of Forms, Patterns & Kata.

To master Taekwondo forms, martial arts students should try to imagine that they are fighting an imaginary opponent. This allows students to practice "offensive" and "defensive" techniques (i.e. strike the imaginary opponent's neck at the correct height and angle) versus just going through the motions in order to pass a belt test.

Korean Master Demonstrating Taekwondo Form 1 (Taegeuk Il Jang)

Taegeuk Il Jang - Video Instructions for Taekwondo Form 1

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