Taekwondo Form Tips
Here are my personal tips on how
to ace your Taekwondo forms. These are the tips that I have
given my sons in order to get them ready for their belt
practice & practice some more! I practice my
forms every day for about 5 minutes before I go to work. Constant repetition
forced to re-learn the "older" forms.
Practice the forms that you learned from your earlier belt tests... not just the forms
that you need for the next test. You will need to know
these forms later and you don't want to have to re-learn
everything again! Don't forget that you will need to
know all eight WTF forms for your black belt test.
goof off. You must do your Taekwondo forms with power
and precision. Sloppy practice means sloppy tests. Practice like you
were going to take the test today.
Work on your
stances. This can be one of the hardest parts of
mastering your forms. Visit our
page for help on perfecting your Taekwondo stances.
videos done by experts. Many of our Taekwondo
videos will show you how a Korean Master performs
these forms. These videos will show you the "correct"
version of each form movement.
make a video of your forms. You can see if you are good
as you think you are. :) I use the cheap video
camera in order to video tape my
boys and show them where they are messing up their
help. If you have forgotten something, ask your Master
or a fellow student (who knows what he/she is doing) for
help. They will be more than willing to help. Beyond
items such as kicking & punching, Taekwondo is also
about things like camaraderie and friendship.
on every element. To master Taekwondo forms, you need to focus on
even the small things (i.e. the location of your hands during
not a dance. Visualize what you are doing to an
imaginary opponent (i.e. grabbing their head or blocking
a kick). Each movement has a meaning... so don't just go
through the motions. Aim the kicks, punches and blocks
at the appropriate spot on your imaginary opponent's
body (i.e. their head or torso).
you have a free moment. If you are on the bus,
riding the train or
just relaxing at home, read a
form book in order to learn the steps for your next
My favorite form book is
Taekwondo: The State of the Art
because it has detailed written and visual instructions on how to
perform each Taekwondo WTF form.
things down into bite-sized bits. Don't get
overwhelmed because the form seems like it has 600
moves. First, try to learn a quarter of the form. Stop and work on
this small portion of the form. Then learn a half. Then
three quarters and so on. It will seem more manageable.
rush! Work on your timing. You need to be aware of
the pace of each movement. Some are deliberately slow
and others are fast.
your endurance. You will be doing many forms during
your black belt test (as well as many other events such
as breaking and sparring). If you lack endurance, you
will be worn out and make mistakes.
panic if you forget something. Just keep going. Your
"muscle memory" will often carry you through when your
mind has forgotten the next move.
the last movement. Don't return to the ready stance
(Joon Bi stance) UNTIL you hear the Master or
Judge saying "Baro".
If you have
any other good form tips, please
send me an email
and I will add your advice to this list. Your fellow
Taekwondo students will appreciate your help!