In our organization we study traditional Palgwe Poomse (Forms). Each rank is required to learn 1 or more to advance. In addition to learning forms you will also be required to demostrate additional skills that your instructor will help you with. Below is a list of required forms for each rank.
Palgwe Il Jang -- Heaven (South, Father) Yellow Belt The first Palgwe is the beginning of all Poomses. The associated trigram represents Yang (heaven, light), therefore, this Poomse should be performed with the greatness of Heaven.
Palgwe Ee Jang -- Lake (South East, Youngest daughter) Yellow/Green Belt In the depths of the lake are treasures and mysteries. The movements of this palgwe should be performed knowing that man has limitations, but that we can overcome these limitations. This should lead to a feeling of joy, knowing that we can control our future.
Palgwe Sam Jang -- Fire (East, Second daughter) Low Green Fire contains a lot of energy. Fire helped man to survive, but on the other hand had some catastrophical results. This form should be performed rhythmically, with some outbursts of energy.
Palgwe Sa Jang -- Thunder (North East, Eldest son) High Green Thunder comes from the sky and is absorbed by the earth. Thunder is one of the most powerful natural forces, circling, gyrating. This palgwe should be performed with this in mind.
Palgwe Oh Jang -- Wind (South West, Eldest daughter) Low Blue Wind is a gently force, but can sometimes be furious, destroying everything in it's path. Palgwe Oh Jang should be performed like the wind: gently, but knowing the ability of mass destruction with a single movement.
Palgwe Yook Jang -- Water (West, Second son) High Blue Water can move a mountain. The movements of this Poomse should be performed like water. Sometimes standing still like water in a lake, sometimes thriving as a river.
Palgwe Chil Jang -- Mountain (North West, Youngest son) Low Red Mountains will always look majestic, no matter the size. This Poomse should be performed with the feeling that all movements are this majestic and deserved to be praised.
Palgwe Pal Jang -- Earth (North, Mother) High Red The associated trigram of this Poomse is Yin: the end of the beginning, the evil part of all that is good. Even in this darkness, there is still some light. Performing this palgwe, one should be aware that this is the last palgwe to be learned, it also is the end of a circle, and therefore it is also the first, the second etc...