The system of rank in Taekwondo is shown by the colour of the belt worn.
The poomsae are a series of movements for offense and defence techniques which can be practiced at home to improve technique.
These patterns consists of various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks all logically arranged in a meaningful order as a response to possible attacks from multiple assailants coming from different directions.
These established sequences, (typically begin with a blocking technique and end with an attacking technique), have both purpose as well as a philosophical meaning. And it is from practice and repetition that students begin to understand the true meaning and nature; and benefits of:- balance, focus, coordination, breath control, self-discipline are gained
The belt colours are not chosen at random, but are based on tradition. Colours of Black, Red and Blue denote the various levels of hierarchy during the Koguryo and Silla Dynasties in Korea.
(Click on current rank/belt, to the left for that syllabus/poomsae)