You can watch demonstrations of Taekwondo Poomsae for Kup and Dan grades on the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters education playlist on YouTube.

Below is a video showing Taegeuk O Jang.

What is Poomsae?

Poomsae (patterns) are a non-contact and enjoyable part of the martial art that you practice individually. The non-contact setting is perfect for people of all ages and abilities.

Poomsae comprises sets of pre-arranged defence and attacking movements that gradually become more complex as you progress your development in Taekwondo.

Generally there will be one new Poomsae to learn and master for each belt level. There are eight Poomsae to learn for Kup grades (coloured belts) and a further nine Poomsae to learn for Dan grades (black belts).

Regular practice of Poomsae provides a deep understanding of every aspect of Taekwondo; basic technique, breathing control, balance, co-ordination and concentration. The mind and body work together striving for perfect performance.

Poomsae is a required technical element of both coloured belt (Kup) and black belt (Dan) martial art gradings.

Visit the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters website for more information.

Please take a look around the Poomsae section of the website to find out more about Poomsae activity in the UK, including competitions, training, events, coaching, and refereeing.