How to Get a Form Checked Off

Steps to getting a form checked off:

1.  Memorize your form.  You can't perform it at a Black Belt level if you don't know the      next move.

2.  Film yourself doing the form.  You can probably "see" and fix 75% of things on your own.

3.  Watch your video and really look at each row of your form to see what needs to be fixed.

4.  Once you have done steps 1-3 THEN go to a black belt and ask them to review your form.

5.  Write down all feedback on a separate piece of paper labelled for JUST that form (a couple of sheets of paper should be behind each form in your binder). Note which Black Belt gave you the feedback and what day they gave it to you.

6.  Work on that feedback.  This is not taking 10 minutes to work on your chambers in the mirror.  This means taking it home, working on it, video taping to be sure it is corrected.  Don’t expect to be looked at again until the NEXT CLASS.

7.  Go back to the same Black Belt if possible and tell them EXACTLY what you were working on and ask them to review your form.  Expect NEW things to come your way – we only give 3-5 things each time to work on.  You will probably need 3-5 reviews in order to get a form checked off at a Black Belt level.  This is a PROCESS.

8.  When the Black Belt you have been working with gives you the go ahead, sign up to have Instructor Dan and Marcia look at the form.

9.  Be prepared to do pushups AND a previously marked off form in order to get your form reviewed.

Last but not least - if you have been working this system for 2-3 weeks and haven't been able to get a specific form checked off you NEED to go see the Instructors to get help.  Tell them you have hit a road block and you need a push to get you across the line on that form.  Whatever you do, make sure you don't spin your wheels on one specific item for more than 2-3 weeks.  The goal is to always keep moving forward -whether you need a Private Lesson or just a few tips the only way to get help is to be proactive on it.

All Palchugi Forms – what needs to be there for check off:
1.   Joonbee – three distinct moves and timing on the step out.

2. Stepping out wide enough when you start a leg of your form.

3.  Strong start and strong finish to each leg of the form. Give a tiny pause to emphasize.

4.  When you move from leg to leg of the form your hands switch at the elbows – do not bring your hands in to push them out.

5.  All kicks are chambered and re-chambered at height.

6.  All kicks are at least belt high.

7.  Your base foot is completely backwards when you do a back or side kick.

8.  Your shoulders stay over your base foot on a back or side kick – don’t rotate them around with the kick or you will over-rotate on your base foot and probably lose your balance.

9.  Your back and side kicks are slightly to the outside of your body – no kicking over your crack – you will lose your balance.

10.  All kicks are fully extended.  The hip joint, knee joint and ankle joint form one straight smooth line.

11.  All Round and Butterfly kicks are done to the line, not over it with joints all in line and full extension (no knee bends).

12.  When you finish on the barro, your hands stay at height as they come around – no elephant trunks.

13.  To change from one side to the other (180 turn) drop step behind to make a smooth transition – no “barn door”

14.  Arms stay tight to the body in a fight stance – one hand up near your cheek bone and the other out in front ready to jab. Don’t invite others into your party – make it aggressive and watch for “chicken wings” when your elbows come off your body.

15.  Spotting crisply at the end of each leg prior to moving into the next leg.

16. Good “weight transfer” – your body settles foot and hands at the same time.

17.  Symmetry in the placement of your hands for any chambers and same height for fight stance or reverse stance.

18.  No floppy feet - your foot should always be pointed on round, butterfly and hook kicks, sharp knife edge for back and side kicks and flexed up then down for Ax kicks.

Palchugi EE Jang
1.  Knee comes around to front prior to the first side kick.

2.  Good step behind – long and a little deep.

3.  After the step-behind, re-chamber the kick and THEN come around so you land in a good fight stance.  Otherwise you will not be able to spot nicely and turn fully from that leg.

Palchugi Sah Jang

1.    Your cut is a well defined knife edge.

2.    You switch to the round in the air.

3.    Your Ax kick is slow on the way up and regular speed on the way down with toes flexed appropriately.

Palchugi Yuk Jang

1. The Hook/Round combination is two distinct kicks – rechamber your thigh on the line after the hook kick.

2. Your running round is an aggressive move – quick paced.

All Taeguek Forms – what needs to be there for check off:
1.   Joonbee – three distinct moves and timing on the step out. Step one has your fists under your eyes and “punching the sky” so they stay level.  Step two has your elbows pulled straight back so there is no elbow showing at the sides.  Step three has your hands off your body and centered over your thighs “punching the ground” with no wrist curling and your feet stepping out at the same time your hands strike.

2.  All Walking Stances have a little length between front foot and back foot, width is about shoulder width apart, hips square under shoulders and toes are straight forward with heels straight back.

3.  All Front Stances have knee above or behind the ankle (not over the ankle), back foot is flat on the ground with heel straight back, hips are directly under the shoulders and square, to deepen the stance you drop your hips towards the floor.  Your width should be wide enough for good stability and your depth should be as deep as you can go and still kick out of it.

4.  In a Walking Stance or a Front Stance your shoulders are directly above your hips and squared.  Your shoulders should be relaxed (not up by your ears) and back straight. This is the “squaring up” you’ll hear us mention.

5.  In a Back Stance – your front toe is straight forward, your back foot is pointed slightly back and 60-70% of your weight is on your back foot.  Your shoulders are directly over your hips.  Make sure you have some width between your feet and you are not “on a skateboard” – check for stability by having someone push you slightly – if you have to catch yourself you need to be wider in this stance.

6.  The Chamber in front of your body is always at a 90 degree angle and flat.  If you look in the mirror you should only see the side of your arm and the side of your fist.  If you can see any part of the top of your arm or the top of your hand you have a “roll” and you need to straighten it out.

7.  The Chamber at your belt should be above your belt line and at 90 degrees tucked tight against your body.  From the front you shouldn’t be able to see any elbow poking out the back.  Your wrist should be flat and straight – check for “curling” up or down.  Going higher or lower with this chamber can sometimes fix curling issues.

8.  All high block and outside block Chambers should be symmetrical and off your body.  When you look in the mirror you should only be able to see the back sides of your hands and arms (no rolling) and no curling at the wrists.  You should have two sides of a diamond shape in front of you with one fist over your opposite leg and one fist level with your cheek bone but off your body.

9.  All Inside Block chambers have one chamber at 90 degrees in front, the other chamber should be 90 degrees with your fist pointing up and visible in front of you (don’t pull it back to your ear).

10.  Your motions during Taeguek forms should be precise and almost robotic.  Every chamber and strike should be sharply defined and your timing needs to be spot on.  Your foot and your hand motions need to end at the exact same time.

11.  Knife hands have the thumb tucked in tight to the side of the hand and no curling the fingers up.  You should be able to bend only the top joint of your fingers with practice – the hand should be flat and flexed during a knife.  No wrist curls – to check this, loosen your arm muscles and pinch your wrist then tighten it up again.  This should help your straighten out your wrist. 

12.  In a double knife, the knife hand on your stomach needs to be flat (no cupping) and at the center of your ribs.

13.  All punches are with a slight bend in the elbow and a slight downward angle so a marble could roll from your elbow off your knuckle.  The punch should be centered on your chest so if you pulled your fist back it comes to the center of your body and your wrist is straight. The only high punch is the second row of Taeguek Ee Jang – all others are done this way.

14. All hand motions are strikes – no placement.  When you complete a hand motion, your muscles should tense so your arms and hands stay locked in position.  You release the muscles to perform the next motion and end the motion by tightening up your muscles again for the strike and locking in the placement.

15.  All elements from the Palchugi Cheat Sheet apply to Taegueks as well – chambering and re-chambering kicks at height, kicking to the line not over it, base foot backwards on side and back kicks, etc.  Use these two documents together to help polish your forms.

Taeguek Ee Jang

1.  Your high high punch is about to nose level.

2.  On the last leg of the form you must pivot when doing the kick but on the rechamber and set down your heel should come straight back into a walk stance.

Taeguek Sah Jang

1.  Your press should be at a 90 degree angle from your body and your poke (spear hand) should have a slight downward angle.

2.  Chamber for the high block and a knife (serve it up) and land the timing in the front stance.

3.  Outside block stays within your body triangle – it shouldn’t extend past your side or extend the shoulder joint.

Taeguek Yuk Jang

1.  On the first leg up the floor, the high knife is about at your chin level and your shoulders are square.

2.  Accurate chambering on the last leg – chamber/press/punch, chamber/press/punch.

3.  The “press” is a board break in front of you – it should be level and a bit higher than your belly button.  Palm is flat and hand is in a knife.

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