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Palgwae forms are an older set of poomsae (forms) originally used by the Korean Taekwondo Association in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s these were replaced by the modern taegeuk forms that are still in use in Kukkiwon/ WTF-style taekwondo for all color belts (belts below black).

The palgwae forms are:

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Palgwe Oh Jang


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Written Instructions Edit

  • Begin from ready stance (junbi seogi).
  • 1. Move the left foot one step backward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Scissors Block (kawi makgi) where the right arm is low.
  • 2. Moving the left foot, turn 90 left into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Low Block (sonnal arae makgi).
  • 3. Step forward into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 4. Slide the right foot back one step into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a downward Palmheel Pressing Block (batangson momtong nullo makgi).
  • 5. Step forward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Right Punch (momtong bandae jireugi).
  • 6. Moving the right foot, turn 180 into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Low Block (sonnal arae makgi).
  • 7. Step forward into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 8. Slide the left foot back one step into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Palmheel Pressing Block (batangson momtong nullo makgi).
  • 9. Step forward into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Left Punch (momtong bandae jireugi).
  • 10. Moving the left foot, turn 90 into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Scissors Block (kawi makgi).
  • 11. Step forward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Right Augmented Middle Block (kodureo momtong makgi).
  • 12. Step forward into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Left Augmented Middle Block (kodureo momtong makgi).
  • 13. Step forward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Vertical Fingertip Thrust (pyonsonkkeut sewotzireugi).
  • 14. Step way back with the left foot to turn 270 counterclockwise into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Left Outward Block (momtong bakkat makgi).
  • 15a-b. With the feet fixed, execute a Double Punch (dubeon jireugi), punching first with the right hand and then with the left.
  • 16. With the right foot fixed, raise the left foot to the right knee into Crane Stance (hakdariseogi).
  • 17a. Simultaneously execute a Left Side Kick (yopchagi) and a left punch (jireugi).
  • 17b. Place the left foot down in Left Front Stance (wen abkubi) and execute a Right Elbow Target Strike (palkup pyojeok chigii).
  • 18. Step forward into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 19. Step right with the right foot to turn 180 clockwise into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Right Outward Block (momtong bakkat makgi).
  • 20a-b. With the feet fixed, execute a Double Punch (dubeon jireugi), punching first with the left hand and then with the right.
  • 21. With the left foot fixed, raise the right foot to the left knee into Crane Stance (hakdariseogi).
  • 22a. Simultaneously execute a Right Side Kick (yopchagi) and a right punch (jireugi).
  • 22b. Place the right foot down in Right Front Stance (oreun abkubi) and execute a Left Elbow Target Strike (palkup pyojeok chigii).
  • 23. Step forward into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 24. Step left with the left foot to turn 90 counterclockwise into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Scissors Block (kawi makgi).
  • 25. Step forward into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a right Augmented Low Block (kodureo arae makgi).
  • 26. Step forward into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a left Augmented Low Block (kodureo arae makgi).
  • 27. Step forward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Right Punch (momtong bandae jireugi). Kihap.
  • 28. Moving the left foot, turn 270 into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Low Block (sonnal arae makgi).
  • 29. Step forward into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 30. Slide the right foot back one step into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Palmheel Pressing Block (batangson momtong nullo makgi).
  • 31. Step forward into Right Front Stance (oreun apkubi) and execute a Right Punch (momtong bandae jireugi).
  • 32. Moving the right foot, turn 180 into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Low Block (sonnal arae makgi).
  • 33. Step forward into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward, oreun dwitkubi) and execute a Double Knifehand Block (sonnal momtong makgi).
  • 34. Slide the left foot back one step into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward, wen dwitkubi) and execute a Palmheel Pressing Block (batangson momtong nullo makgi).
  • 35. Step forward into Left Front Stance (wen apkubi) and execute a Left Punch (momtong bandae jireugi).
  • Moving the left foot, return to ready stance by turning counterclockwise.

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