Poomsae or Patterns are a set sequence of movements that consists of the various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants.
Each Poomsae consists of an established sequence of movements which has a philosophical meaning each Poomsae has its own character and distinct quality. Poomsae teaches a student balance, technique, coordination and self-discipline.There are Poomsae competitions nationally and internationally at which patterns are displayed and judged. British Taekwondo runs both Poomsae Training Course and has a national team including Cadets ,Juniors and Seniors.
As well as being a required technical element to both Dan and Kup gradings, like Kyorugi (Sparring) Poomsae is also a competitive discipline of Taekwondo with Poomsae competitions held nationally and internationally at which patterns are displayed and judged.
As Poomsae has started to move more and more to the forefront with the advent of the World Poomsae Championships organised by the World Taekwondo Federation as well as European and Commonwealth Poomsae Championships, and a very noticeable growth in participation in Poomsae in Great Britain in General , British Taekwondo has as a specially select Poomsae Committee who are charged with developing Poomsae in this country.