1. Anarax

    Forms without supervision/feedback

    Hello all, I want to know your opinion on the different methods of form training. Over the years I've seen mainly two methods. 1) Instructor carefully supervises the students doing the form(s) and makes corrections/gives feedback. 2) Instructor tells the students to do forms and doesn't...
  2. F

    The value of forms

    i am wanting to know peoples opinion on forms and what the value is, i train forms and teach them at my dojang cause it is a part of the MA but i dont like them that much cause the moves dont work if you do them the way you do in the form. In order to do those moves in a sparring round or for...
  3. L


    Hi all, new to the site but been training in SKK for about 16 years now. Not sure if everyone else heard this story, but while I was learning Nengli South my instructor told me that these forms were once a two-man set. Flash forward a few years and, having learned both sides, I noticed that...
  4. W

    Forms practice

    Does anyone recall Master Rhee's suggestion on the number of times one must practice a form to master it?
  5. Ivan

    What separates a good form practitioner from a bad one in your art?

    I see a lot of people that get excited about winning a specific position when performing katas/forms etc, however, I have never understood how judges decide who wins and loses, points etc. In my Tae Kwon Do class, my Sa bum states that there are four points which are judged when performing...
  6. Y

    southern praying mantis kungfu

    Hi all, I would like to introduce you to a very old system of Southern Praying Mantis that was brought to India by a gentleman named Sifu Chen Kiu.He learnt this system while he was working as a sailor from the cook of the ship,called Yaap Mune who claimed to have been a Monk,this was around...
  7. Gerry Seymour

    Documenting forms

    Hey, I'm wondering if any of you who use long forms (more than a couple of steps) have figured out a good way to document them. What I've been doing is good for technical reference for me, but isn't really useful to someone trying to follow along. Even I am not successful at using it as a...
  8. Gerry Seymour

    Working with kata

    I just wanted to share my experience working with kata. Some styles have kata, some don't. Some that have kata only have short forms ("one-step kata", some call them). I've trained with and without kata. I don't see them as necessary (in fact, I seriously considered removing them when creating...
  9. L

    Question about forms.

    I'm still practicing Kibon Hana, but I'm wondering how many forms there are in the kibon set? What are kicho forms? And I guess on a personal one, do you practice (and or teach) the Palgwe set? I guess what I really mean to ask is, how many total forms are there in both kukkiwon and Chang...
  10. NinjaChristian

    Good to practice or bad to practice?

    An instructor that's been visiting classes gave me some advice on my poomse, Won-hyo, and I am not sure if I want to follow it or not. Normally when I do the sidekicks in won-hyo, I do my best to snap them back as quickly as possible, because that is what I would do in a fight to prevent my leg...
  11. NinjaChristian

    Troublesome poomse

    So each poomse is supposed to end up where you started, but in a couple of my poomse I end up off my starting point at a consistent distance. I know about how one side is dominant, how stances will be longer/wider with one foot than the other, but even when using the boards on a wooden floor to...
  12. A

    Traditional Tae Kwon Do

    My school teaches traditional Tae Kwon Do, we use the Ch'ang Hon family for forms (Chon-ji to Chong-moo, Kwang-gae to Tong-il) except I noticed that my instructor teaches them slightly diffenrent than the ITF. We are not ITF affiliated. The difference is that the ITF turns counter-clockwise...