I put together this image from an old Tae Kwon Do book I have. It’s from the 70s and loaded with pictures. Some are hilarious, and I’m gonna save them for future posts and tumbles. But this is the 6th of the Pal-Gwe Forms (Formal Exercises) in Tae Kwon Do. It’s called Yook-Chang.
Every time you advance to a higher belt level you learn a new form and practice it daily. There are 8 Pal-Gwe Forms, so doing a backwards count-off from Black Belt puts this one at Red, no stripes… although, I could be wrong. It was a long time ago.
It was also HANDS DOWN my favorite form when I was learning as kid. And there was one clear reason for that… move number 7(2). I just loved that jump. Years before I was able to learn it, I would watch some of the older, more advanced students do it. There was this one guy named Juan that would practically take flight on that move.
Here’s what the book says about the Pal-Gwe Forms:
The Pal-Gwe Forms refer to a philosophy of universal being, which comprehends Truth as a constant within the phenomenon of an ever-changing cosmos. Inherent in the concept of “form,” in this context, is the awareness that the universe is infinite and unknowable, having no apparent ties binding it together– and yet some integrating force of cosmic cohesion keeps order: movement within perceptible patterns, energy within stillness, lines of force inscribed within circles of harmony, yielding an integral strength. The constancy of truth, and the truth of constant change, are both symbolized in the Pal-Gwe Forms.
- Richard Chun, Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Badass
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