Taekwondo poomse (pattern) is essentially a routine with a theme. It is a combination of techniques of blocks and attacks performed consecutively while moving in certain directions.

These are a series of poomses designed to correspond with each learning level from beginner to advanced. The proper way to learn, practice poomse is to first know the name of the poomse then determine the three components of each movement in the order of

1) Direction
2) Stance
3) Technique of block or attack.

The Taekwondo poomse is unique. It can be practiced individually or with a group. Individual practice is an excellent opportunity for creating artistic expression or to contemplate peacefully. This inspires independence. Group practice is both challenging and fun. This practice inspires cooperation. Since you can practice poomse anywhere, inside, outside, at home or on vacation, it is a valuable exercise package you should continue to practice as a source of better health and inner peace.

The World Taekwondo Federation has 8 colored belt forms and 9 black belt forms. The colored belt forms are all numbered one to eight and are called Taegeuk. "Taegeuk represents the most profound Oriental philosophy from which Oriental philosophical views on the world, cosmos, and life are derived."

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