Forms (Hyung)

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Forms (Hyung)

‘Forms’ are set patterns of moves performed in a determined order — ‘choreographed’. However, despite this, forms should not be considered a ‘dance’. Forms are meant to be examples of mock fights against one or more (imagined) opponents, with real moves and real blocks.

Forms are often called kata in Japanese martial arts, such as karate. In Tae Kwon Do, they are called hyung, pumsae, or teul. These words all mean ‘pattern’. Our school uses the word hyung.

There are ten basic forms, ranging from 18 to over 30 moves. More about our philosophy and guidelines behind the forms is available below, as well as detailed walk-throughs of the forms themselves, and an explanation of abbreviations used in the form explanations.