Yuk-Jang-TrigramTaegeuk Yuk Jang symbolizes the "Kam", one of the 8 divination signs, which represents water, meaning incessant flow and softness. Yuk Jang introduces a hand-edge-block from outside inward, round-house-kick, upper-middle-block and open-palm-block in addition to at-ease stance.

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

Some movements in Yuk 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: some change the knife hand blocks to slow tension movements and also modify the front snap kicks to be as high as you can go 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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23 Movements, 8 Kicks, 6 Punches, 2 Kia.

 

Step 1

Start in the Ready or "Joon Bi" stance, turn left 90 degrees into left front stance, execute left hand low block



Step 2

 

Keep left foot fixed, right leg front kick, place right foot back behind you into left back stance, execute reverse inside block



Step 3

 

Turn right 180 degree into right front stance, right low block



Step 4

 

Keeping right foot fixed, left front kick, then place left foot back behind you into a right back stance, and execute a right reverse inside block



Step 5

 

Turn left 90 degrees into a left front stance, right knife hand high block



Step 6

 

Execute right roundhouse kick turning 90 degrees when you finish the roundhouse kick, drop your right foot behind you, so you are in a left front stance

Alternate: Execute right roundhouse kick turning 90 degrees and set right foot down so that you are in a parallel stance, step forward with the left foot into left front stance



Step 7

 

Execute left reverse inside block, then right middle punch



Step 8

 

Right front kick and land in a right front stance, left middle punch



Step 9

 

Turn right 180 degrees into right front stance, execute a right reverse inside block, then a left middle punch



Step 10

 

Left front kick landing in a left front stance, right middle punch



Step 11

 

Turn left 90 degrees into a joon bi/ready stance, cross both hands over your head on a X block, and execute a slow double low block



Step 12

 

Step forward into a right front stance, left knife hand high block



Step 13

 

Left roundhouse kick and yell keup! Drop your left foot so you are approximately 270 degrees into a right turn

Alternate: Execute left roundhouse kick turning 90 degrees and set left foot down so that you are in a parallel stance, begin turning 180 degrees right by pivoting on the left foot



Step 14

 

Complete the turn by moving your right leg into a right front stance and execute a right hand low block



Step 15

 

Keeping right foot fixed, left front kick, then place left foot behind you, so you are in a right back stance. Execute a right reverse inside block



Step 16

 

Turn left 180 degrees into left front stance, left low block



Step 17

 

Keeping left foot fixed, right front kick, then place right foot behind you into a left back stance, and execute a left reverse inside block, step back into left back stance, left hand reverse inside block



Step 18

 

Pivot on left foot turning left 90 degrees into a left back stance, double knife hand middle block



Step 19

 

Stepping back into right back stance, double knife hand middle block



Step 20

 

Stepping back into left front stance, left down palm block


 

Step 21

 

Execute right middle punch


 

Step 22

 

Left foot steps back into right front stance, right hand palm down block


 

Step 23

 

Execute left middle punch and keup! Move your right foot forward (in line with your left foot) and go into a ready stance.