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Hey everyone. I was going through all of my 40+ forms, something I haven't done in awhile, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy traditional martial arts forms. I wanted to start a thread asking everyone their favorite martial arts form, including a link to the form if you have one. Maybe I'll pick up a few new ones from you all. One of my favorites is a Kempo form named Invincible Wall. I don't know the performer in the video, I just youtubed the form and his came up. I think he represents the form well. What is your favorite form? Thanks in advance.

 

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Hey everyone. I was going through all of my 40+ forms, something I haven't done in awhile, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy traditional martial arts forms. I wanted to start a thread asking everyone their favorite martial arts form, including a link to the form if you have one. Maybe I'll pick up a few new ones from you all. One of my favorites is a Kempo form named Invincible Wall. I don't know the performer in the video, I just youtubed the form and his came up. I think he represents the form well. What is your favorite form? Thanks in advance.

I've not done a bunch of work with what most would call forms. In NGA, traditionally, the closest thing we had was one-step forms (entry and technique) with a (usually) relatively static partner. I introduced some longer forms about a year ago. I'm quite fond of the First Set Classical form. It flows much better than either of the others. That said, the First Set Applications form is more challenging, and mixes in strikes and level changes. The other one (Second Set Classical) requires a lot of moving to the ground and getting back up - not nearly as much fun, nor as much flow.

I had originally planned 8 forms (each takes less than a minute to perform), then decided to back down to 5. They become too much of a distraction from the rest of the curriculum, so I stopped at 3. I may eventually drop the Second Set Classical. If I change curriculum again, I might just build 2 from the best grouping of techniques.
 

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Sei Ping. It's the beginners form and it's the first and last easiest form. Everything after that gets tough and more demanding. I probably like it so much because I can apply all of the techniques found in that form in sparring. Once I "master" the techniques in the second form and can actually use them, then that second form will probably be my favorite.
This is the form. It's not very good in the video (it's a beginners form) but it gives you an idea of what it looks like.
 

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Lok Lik Kuen. It is our most basic form, consisting of lines of simple punching techniques as you move down the floor. I like it because it is the cleanest example and way to drill our fundamental techniques and learning to create full-body connection with our techniques. It is a very useful form in our system.
 

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Don't have one. I enjoy forms but I just can't say which I like best
 

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This is not my form. But I like his form better than all the forms that I have learned. This form give me a very positive feeling - young, healthy, flexible, smooth, ... I recorded this myself back in 1974 in Dallas Karate tournament (one year after Bruce Lee'd death). There were only 3 Kung Fu guys in that tournament. This guy, Johnny Lee, and myself.


This is my favor form that I have learned.

 
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I find this photo of Jacquie's form to be one of my favorites. No this is not a recent photo but I still fine her form to one of my favorites. :D
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3 favorites, all for different reasons...

Sanchin for the training (non-application) purposes of checking me - teachers pushing and pulling me, holding me back, kicking and punching me during it...

Saiha/Saifa for the applications. It just makes sense to me and feels more practical than anything else I know...

Seiunchin when I was a black belt. I never got sick of doing that one. I always felt badass...
 

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This is not my form. But I like his form better than all the forms that I have learned. This form give me a very positive feeling - young, healthy, flexible, smooth, ... I recorded this myself back in 1974 in Dallas Karate tournament (one year after Bruce Lee'd death). There were only 3 Kung Fu guys in that tournament. This guy, Johnny Lee, and myself.


This is my favor form that I have learned.

Yeah that looks like something you would like based on previous videos you have posted.
 

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3 favorites, all for different reasons...

Sanchin for the training (non-application) purposes of checking me - teachers pushing and pulling me, holding me back, kicking and punching me during it...

Saiha/Saifa for the applications. It just makes sense to me and feels more practical than anything else I know...

Seiunchin when I was a black belt. I never got sick of doing that one. I always felt badass...
Forms with tension suck (as in are really tough). One of the most challenging things I've done with forms.
 

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seisan,
my performance is more dynamic but fundamentally the same
 

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My top 5 from my school, in order:

1) Palgwe Chil Jang (7th Palgwe form, 12th form we learn, 2nd to last form before Black Belt). This is one of the more complex forms we have, with a lot of techniques that flow back and forth like a wave. I have a special place in my heart for this form, because of glowing praises I got from my Master after performing this during my Junior Black Belt test. The form is detailed and nuanced, but yet is one of our most beautiful forms.

2) Taebaek Hyung (18th form we learn, form for 3rd Dan test). This one I just recently learned, so maybe there's some recency bias. It's taking the place of Palgwe Sah Jang for me, our blue belt form, because in a lot of respects it's very similar to our 4th and 5th Palgwe form. However, I much prefer the pacing of this form. It ranges from slower and stronger than the Palgwe, as well as some of the combinations being faster and higher difficulty. It combines most of the best aspects of Form 4 and Form 5, and I feel a bit of pride in being one of the few people at my school who knows the form (we only have one other student who needs it yet), so maybe there's a bit of bias there, too.

3) Kibon Sah Jang (4th form we learn, form for adults to get Orange belt or kids to get Green belt). We have 5 Kibon, or basic forms, but this one is actually the hardest of the five. I know, because I made a mathematical formula to calculate the difficulty of each form, and this one ranked pretty high. Like how Taebaek Hyung combines Palgwe 4 and 5, Kibon Sah Jang combines Kibon Yi Jang and Kibon Sam Jang (Kibons 2 & 3). Our first form teaches the basic pattern, and then the next two forms sort of branch out and teach different concepts, which are combined together into Kibon Sah Jang. This form feels like the finished product of the three before it. If Kibon 1 is the frame of the car, Kibon 2 is the engine, and Kibon 3 is the cab, but Kibon 4 is the complete car.

As with the others I brought up, it has a special place in my heart, because it got me a gold medal at my first tournament as an adult, back when I was an orange belt. It is the most dynamic form we have up until Palgwe Sam Jang or Palgwe Sah Jang (Palgwe 3 or 4, our 8th or 9th form). This form feels like a return to basics, but still with enough meat to it that I can practice a few different concepts.

4) Keumgang Il Jang (17th form we learn, for intermediate ranks between 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan). This is a more traditional version of Keumgang Hyung. This is by far the most complex form I know. You know how a lot of the posts I've made before have mentioned how great I've done forms in the past or how proud I am of them? This one...I'm not proud of yet. I know it, I understand it, but my body has trouble with it. It's still a challenge for me, and I'm still working on some pieces that need a lot of polishing, like the triple side kick and the 360 hook kick. Of course, I'm tempted to ask my Master if I can just do a mirror image version of the form, to get my good side on all these techniques.

So, I don't have a prideful stake in this form, but it does tickle the other itch I have with these forms: the level of difficulty. Most forms I know don't really challenge me. I might try to work on my stances, or make my techniques more crisp, but aside from Taebaek Hyung (which I only recently learned, and already feel I have a better grasp on than Keumgang Il Jang), this is the only form I still break up into pieces or individual techniques to work on, instead of working through the whole form at once.

5) Koryo Hyung (14th form we learn, first Black Belt form). We have a Koryo Il Jang, which like Keumgang Il Jang is a more traditional, more difficult version of the Hyung form we learn first. However, I actually prefer Koryo Hyung in this case. I like the flow of it better, and even after being a black belt for 2 1/2 years, I'm still learning nuances to the form that I didn't realize before. I do Koryo Hyung better today than I did when I got my 2nd degree, and I did it better than than when I passed my 1st Dan, 1st Gup (or as I explain it to people, Black Belt v1.1) test. I also think this is the only black belt form I've taught in class, so once again it has a special place in my heart. I mentor the black belts in my class when I have a chance, but it's rare I lead the whole class through forms. So, a bit of a place in my heart, a well-paced form, and one I'm still learning details on 2 1/2 years in, Koryo Hyung is my 5th favorite.
 

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I personally think that Chung-San is one of the most graceful and challenging forms in the Songahm style. Here's a very nice performance:
 
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