Super Brown Belt CurriculumMajest Martial Arts
Super-Brown Belt students at Majest (2nd gup) practice the form Taegeuk Yook Jang. The I Ching trigram for this poomsae (☵) represents water. In this form, the student is seen flowing around the opponent wearing him down (for instance with the Twist Block and Roundhouse Kick) before flowing downhill (backwards) at the end of the form (steps 16-18) like water back to its source. Note that because the form ends with backward stepping, a kihap (yell) at the end would not really fit — so the kihap is instead at the last movement at the top of the stem, the Left Roundhouse Kick.
Taegeuk Yook Jang is the last of the “intermediate difficulty” poomsae; after this, the forms become significantly more challenging. Read more about this poomsae — including written instructions — at Taegeuk Yook Jang.
2nd gup - Super-Brown Belt, Taegeuk Yook Jang (step by step)
2nd gup - Super-Brown Belt, Taegeuk Yook Jang (with written instructions)
2nd gup - Super-Brown Belt, Taegeuk Yook Jang
2nd gup - Super-Brown Belt breaking
The breaking technique for Super-Brown Belt is the Back Hook Kick, called Hwe Chuk at Majest (pronounced “hweh-chook” — arcing heel).
2nd gup - Super-Brown Belt kicking combination
The kicking combination for Majest Super-Brown Belts is a Roundhouse Kick (ap doolo chagi) with the right leg, a Tornado Kick (doolgae chagi) again with the right leg, and then a Back Kick (dwi chagi) with the left leg. As is normal with a Back Kick, the kicking leg is placed behind the student after the kick. The idea is that a sufficiently strong Back Kick should naturally cause your back leg to land behind you.
2nd gup - How Parents Can Help
As you help you child practice this poomsae at home, here are some things to keep an eye on:
- Step 5 is a bit tricky. The right hand goes forward, and the left leg goes forward. Students often have a difficult time remembering which hand, and which leg. But then…
- …Step 11 is where some students really have difficulty. It’s the exact same movement, but with the opposite hand and leg. It’s surprisingly difficult to remember which hand and which leg go forward. As your child practices this form at home, pay particular attention to Steps 5 and 11 to make sure they’re leading with the correct hand and leg.
Here’s another TaeKwonDo activity game, just for fun: