There is a pretty good article in the October Black Belt Magazine by Doug Cook about forms. It is not up on their site yet, but I expect it to be there in a month or so. Crux is the history of modern forms. It talks about borrowing forms from Shotokan, and the need to have their own forms. Then it talk about the creation of the ITF forms and briefly (Master Cook is not in ITF) talks about the wave theory in the ITF forms. It also talks about giving up the Palgwe forms for the Taeguks, and why, and a bit of history of the black belt forms. Two passages I thought I would share. They are the only passages where the author injects his opinion on the practice of modern Taekwondo. "Today, the forms that Korean stylists are required to learn vary greatly from organizationto organization and school to school. Based on the 1970s edict by Kukkiwon that the taegeuk series should eclipse the palgwe series completely, a vast majority of mastor instructors sadly jettisoned the latter in favor of the former. Likewise, the original iteration of koryo was replaced by the radically different version currently sanctioned by the WTF, Kukkiwon and KTA." Here he talk about giving up on the first series of forms. We have not adopted the Taegyuk forms for now. I do not think our GM will ever do this. His rationale is that he likes the forms with the deeper stances that require greater technical ability. (in his estimation) The second passage to share sums up one of the great debates in modern Taekwondo- "The pratice of forms is a double-edged sword: Forfeiting poomsae altogether in favor of strategies that focus on sparring represents a tragedy of grand proportions because it denies the practitioner a chance to experience the myriad benefits associated with the process (emphasis mine) Likewise, attempting to master every pattern in taekwondo could be equally injurious to one's martial education because an in-depth analysis of the practical applications of so many forms would require many lifetimes. As Funakoshi was fond of saying, "The old masters used to keep a narrow field but plow a deep furrow"" Again this passage in many ways reflects the deeply held beliefs of my gm. Thank you for your time.