Taegeuk IL Jang represents the symbol of “Keon”, one of the 8 Kwaes (divination signs). Keon symobolises the heaven and “yang”. As “Keon” symbolizes the beginning of the creation of all things in the universe. Taegeuk IL jang therefore symbolises the beginning of training in Taekwondo. This poomsae is charaterized by its simplicity to learn and practice. It largely consists of walking and basic actions, such as arae-makki,momtong-makki, momtong-jireugi and ap-chagi. This poomsae is practiced by 8th Kup-grade trainees and above.
Starting with your feet together and your hands by your side open the hands whilst simultaneously lifting them to your solar plexus, then lowering and closing the fists to groin level . At the same time the feet are seperated to a shoulders width into naranhi seogi. These movements are all executed at the same time finishing in kibon jumbi seogi (basic ready stance).
Moving the right foot first and twisting through 180 degrees turn to make an oreun ap-seogi (right walking stance) pointing in the opposite direction, and execute an arae-makki (low section block) with the right arm.
Moving the right foot turn to the right through 90 degrees into oreun ap-seogi (right walking stance) and execute a momtong an-makki (mid-section inner forearm block). Note that the left foot retains the position from the previous stance but turns to the right.