Chil-Jang-TrigramTaegeuk Chil Jang symbolizes the "Kan", one of the 8 divination signs, which represents the mountain, meaning ponder and firmness. Chil Jang introduces the hand-edge-block from the inside outward, hand-assisted block, covered-fist-block, knee strike, middle-trunk-push-block, cross-fist-middle-punch, hand-blade cross underneath blocking, target strike, side punch and such stances as tiger stance and horse riding stance.

To your right is a video demonstrating Taegeuk Chil Jang from 3 basic angles, front, back, and the side.

Some movements in Chil Jang are interpreted differently or changed for show and competition by many instructors, so check with yours before using this video as a reference to learn the form.

For example: the intention of the cross block and what arm should be on top, (whether its blocking a kick to the groin or body), what type of twin punch to use, and how low to be in your cross stance while executing the twin punch. Also the front snap kicks are many times done as high as you can kick instead of to the mid-section of your opponent. This is typical for demonstration purposes because it adds flare or shows the flexibility of the person performing it.

I try and stick with function versus show, so use this video only as a supplement to class time in order to remember the techniques and movements. Even though I have been practicing taekwondo for over 10 years, I never stop learning small details about each form. As a result I am always trying to improve the techniques I do and make them more accurate to their originally intended purposes.


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25 Movements, 4 kicks, 1 punch, 1 keup.

 

Step 1:

Look left – turn left (90′) – left foot forward into a cat stance while executing a right arm palm block


Step 2:

Right foot snap (front) kick bringing it back into a cat stance while executing a left arm outside to inside forearm block

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Step 3:

Look right – turn right (180′) – right foot in front into a cat stance while executing a left arm palm block


Step 4:

Left foot snap (front) kick bringing it back into a cat stance while executing a right arm outside to inside forearm block

 


Step 5:

Look left – turn left (90′) – step left foot forward into a back-stance while executing a left double knife hand low block


Step 6:

Step right foot forward into a back-stance while executing a right double knife hand low block


Step 7:

Look left – turn left (90′) sliding your left foot into a cat stance – execute a right arm palm block while placing your left fist below your right elbow, palm side down


Step 8:

From the same position execute a right arm back fist strike


Step 9:

Look right – turn right (180′) sliding your right foot into a cat stance executing a left arm palm block while placing your right fist below your left elbow, palm side down


Step 10:

From the same position execute a left arm back fist strike


Step 11:

Look left – turn left (90′) sliding your left foot over your right while cupping your right fist in your left palm below your belt and slowly rising to your chest


Step 12:

Step left foot forward into a low stance while executing a right reverse low block, and a left outward middle block (scissor block) followed by a right outward middle block and a left low block (scissor block)


Step 13:

Step right foot forward into a low stance while executing a left reverse low block, and a right outward middle block (scissor block) followed by a left outward middle block and a right low block (scissor block)


Step 14:

Look left – turn left (270′) into a left foot low stance while executing an inside to outside double forearm block (fists tight/palms out)


Step 15:

Both arms out for a head grab closing hands as you bring them down into a right leg knee strike immediately leaping forward onto your right foot bringing your left foot up behind your right into a cross legged stance while executing a double uppercut to the mid section


Step 16:

Move left foot back behind your right into a low stance while bringing your arms up (left over right) for a low cross block


Step 17:

Step right foot back – turn right (180′) landing in a right foot low stance while executing an inside to outside double forearm block (fists tight/palms out)


Step 18:

Both arms out for a head grab closing hands as you bring them down into a left leg knee strike immediately leaping forward onto your left foot bringing your right foot up behind your left into a cross legged stance while executing a double uppercut to the mid section


Step 19:

Step right foot back behind your left into a low stance while bringing your arms up (right over left) for a low cross block


Step 20:

Look left – turn left (90′) stepping left foot forward into a walking stance while executing a left back fist strike to the temple

(back view)


Step 21:

Right foot crescent kick striking the arch of the foot with your left palm at the highest point of the kick – step right foot forward landing in a horse stance as you turn your body sideways executing a right arm elbow strike


Step 22:

Look right – turn right into a walking stance (right foot out) as your left foot slides up into position and execute a right back fist to the temple

(back view)


Step 23:

Left foot crescent kick striking the arch of the foot with your right palm at the highest point of the kick – step left foot forward landing in a horse stance as you turn your body sideways executing a left arm elbow strike


Step 24:

From the same position (horse stance) turn left and execute a left arm inside to outside knife hand block


Step 25:

From the same position clench left knife hand into a fist stepping forward with the right foot into a horse stance while executing a right side punch..Kia!


Step 26:

Look left – turn left – return to ready stance