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WTF Taekwondo Forms with Videos & Instructions
This page provides free video and written instructions for all WTF Taekwondo forms (color belt and black belt forms). You will need to learn these Taekwondo forms in order to be awarded your next level color belt or black belt at WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) Taekwondo schools. 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 section covers the eight WTF Taekwondo color belt forms and the nine WTF Taekwondo black belt forms. Most WTF Taekwondo schools generally use Taegeuk forms for the color belt levels (see below). However, before the current Taegeuk forms were adopted, the WTF 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.
Students are often tested on the meaning of each WTF Taekwondo form. Therefore, you should also visit the wiki section focused on meaning of WTF forms in order to prep for a belt test. For additional form-related information, you might like to visit the wiki community's Forms & Kata section that contains conversations such as Are forms useful or useless?, etc.
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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) - Each form below includes written and/or video instructions.
List of Taekwondo Black Belt Forms - Each form below includes written and/or video instructions.
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.
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