Tae Kwon Do Form Taegeuk Ee Jan(also spelled Taegeuk Yi) is the second form in a series of 8. Its meaning is to be strong inside but fragile on the outside.
The movements of this Poomse (or form) should be performed knowing that man has limitations, but that we can overcome these limitations. By doing this, it will lead to a feeling of joy, knowing that we can control our future.
The form is still simple, though it introduces 270 degree turns which may get confusing if you turn or pivot yourself with the wrong foot! Always be aware of your body and your actions to master this form!
Types of Kicks, Blocks and Stances Used
- JoonBi – Ready Stance (i.e. “at ease”)
- Ap seogi Arae Makki – Low Block
- Ap koobi Momtong Jireugi – Middle Punch
- Ap seogi Momtong Makki – Outside Block
- Ap Chagi – Front Snap Kick
- Ap koobi – Forward Stance
- Eolgool Jireugi – High Punch
- KiHap– A shout
- Baro – Return to Start
Video of Form 2 – Taegeuk Ee Jan
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Form 2 – Taegeuk Ee Jang Step By Step
Starting from Joon Bi Seogi, turn to the left with your left leg in front, and execute a left low block!
Next, you’re going to step forward with your right foot while delivering a right middle punch.
From there, turn 180 degrees to face the left side of the room. This time, your right leg should be in front and your right arm will execute a low block!
Now just like you did on the other side, advance with your left foot while delivering a left middle punch! See the pattern there? Makes it a lot easier to memorize!
Moving on, the next step is to pivot on your right foot to face forward and have your left foot in front while simultaneously pulling in your left arm to your left oblique and blocking directly in front of you with your right arm; this is a right middle block!
Do the exact same thing using the other side with your right foot stepping forward and left arm executing a middle block.
From here, pivot with your right foot to face the right side and take your left leg in front while performing a left low block.
Perform a front kick with your right foot while pulling in your arms and then execute a right middle punch as soon as you land your right foot!
You then transition to a right middle punch to a right low block by pivoting 180 degrees on your left foot ending with your right leg in front.
Follow up the move by delivering a front kick with your left leg and once it’s down and at the front, deliver a middle punch with your left hand!
Now, turn 90 degrees to your right to face the front and with your left foot forward, execute a left upper block with your arm!
Now step forward once with your right foot and execute a right upper block.
Keeping the fluidity of the movement, turn 270 degrees to your left with your right foot while simultaneously getting your right arm into a middle block!
Now that you are facing the left side, take a 180 turn and face the right while performing a left middle block.
From here, take a 90 degree turn to your left to face the back and do a low block with your left arm.
Just like you did a while ago, deliver a front kick this time with your right leg followed by a middle punch from your right arm!
Deliver another front kick with your left leg and follow it up once again with a left middle punch.
Do a front kick one last time with your right side, before turning to face front and getting back into your Joon Bi Seogi.
Keep in mind the followings:
1. This Form should begin and end at exactly the same spot. This indicates the quality of the student’s stances and technique.
2. Correct posture and body position must be maintained at all times.
3. Muscles of the body should be either tensed or relaxed at the proper, critical moments in the form.
4. The exercise should be performed in a rhythmic movement with an absence of stiffness.
5. Movement should be accelerated or decelerated according to the specifications of that pattern.
6. Exhale on exertion of each technique in order to maximize power.
7. Each pattern should be perfected before moving to the next.
8. Students should know the purpose of each movement.
In performing this form as well as all the others, you should think not of executing techniques in a vacuum, but rather of responding to attacks from a number of opponents surrounding you.
You should always turn your head first, look at your imaginary opponent, then perform the required block or attack.
Always wait for the “Baro!” or end signal of your master before getting into Joon Bi Seogi after every form; this shows that you are taught to be disciplined during Tae Kwon Do sessions.