“The explanation of Official Taekwondo Poomsae”

The club has a copy of this book which you will be a good reference for members to help explain and fine tune patterns.

While the Kukkiwon textbook can provide great information, it leaves alot to be desired as far as minute details. For example, in 6-Jang, in movement 10, should he left hand be in front, or the right hand, when the hands are crossed and brought down to the side. Some folks say one way, some say another way.

On a pleasant note, while scanning the Taekwondo books here in Korea a few weeks ago, I found a very wonderful book. Though I did not buy it at that time, I took a picture of the cover, so i could remember the title.

The English Title is "The Explanation of Official Taekwondo Poomsae". As I scanned through this book, written with English translations, it explained alot of small details such as the example I gave above. There were many diagrams, showing various angles and directions of many many techniques.

I would highly recommend this book to add to your collection. The book was published in 2007, so the explanations reflect the poomse as directed within the Kukkiwon Textbook.


Reference:  http://www.budoseek.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?22788-quot-The-Explanation-of-Official-Taekwondo-Poomsae-quot-.

Poomsae technical Directors and Handbook

At the 2010 Union Annual General Meeting and the following Executive Council Meeting a proposal to improve Poomsae skills and knowledge with Union clubs was discussed.  It was noted that there is a wide discrepancy in the levels of Poomsae performance between different Union clubs, and understanding and enforcement of current WTF standards between examiners.  It was agreed that the Union should appoint a number of geographically based Poomsae Technical Directors to assist in achieving a number of goals;

  • Improve poomsae performance generally across the Union
  • Up-skill instructors and examiners to comply with the current WTF standard patterns
  • Identify talent
  • Create a high performance program for selected Union students
  • Select for and organise a Union team for available international competitions e.g. Australian Open.

 The Executive Council are pleased to announce the appointment of the following Poomsae Technical Directors

-          Vivienne Luckman (Auckland)
-          Greg O’Brien (Wellington)
-          Samantha Knox (Wellington)
-          Ken Glassenbury (Christchurch)
-          Liam Fernyhough (Christchurch)
-          Lani Morrisson (Dunedin)

The Union has also purchased copies of the book “The explanation of Official Taekwondo Poomsae” which will be given to each club and be the official written copy of the way the Union practises taekwondo.  All clubs who have paid their 2010-2011 Union fees will receive a copy over the next few weeks (at Nationals if attending).

We congratulate the Poomsae Technical Directors and look forward to progressing our Poomsae standard across the Union.

Nicole Tulett
Taekwondo Union of NZ

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