Fighting system of Taegeuk Il-Jang: Keon

Discussion in 'Taekwondo Patterns' started by NoBullShitFighting, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. NoBullShitFighting

    NoBullShitFighting Active Member


    Taegeuk Il-jang is the first of eight patterns in WTF Taekwondo based on the eight divination signs known as the Palgwe. It is designed after the esoteric principles of the Palgwe Keon, pronounced Kon(kånn), and represents heaven, or the concept of transcendance, and masculine energy. It also represents the tracendance of reasons attempt at understanding. The man is trancendant in nature having to use reason to survive and comfort, the woman is bound to the earth by her obligation to the circle of life and death.

    Being the first attempt to understand the pattern is a simple and basic rule of thumb. Relying mainly on going between neutral and wide stance, hammerfists to the head, straight punches to the upper body and front kicks to the lower body, preferably legs, hips, lower back and groin. It also stresses the importance of keeping on ones toes “reaching for heaven” as the practitioner will get approximatly 20% behind the start position for each turn done without turning on the ball of the foot.


    The first manurism the practitioner is introduced to is the startposition of Il-Jang, and also all eight of the taegeuk patterns. By moving ones hands up from this position and moving one foot forward into ap-seogi you are in the basic guard neutral stance, this is your go to guard adviced by the pattern. By going into Ap-kubi you have the basic guard wide stance, this is good for moving in fast with a punch or a counterattack. The pattern advices that this is to be done with a block and a straight powerpunch from the same position, like a right straight in boxing. Or moving in from a block into a powerful punch, hopefully ending the fight.

    This Taegeuk stresses the importance of simplicity. A good exercise going along the same theme, for better execution of defense utilizing the guard with the movements kept within the pattern, is to have a training partner attack you with pads, forcing you to move the guard with attention for economy of motion, attempting to delete big openings in the guard, usually created by panic reactions and also closing eyes at impact of an attack. While immediately after counterattacking with a high hammerfist, mid straight or mid-low front kick. It can also be wise to try and make combinations with these three moves, to find out what is a good combination in terms of controlling the momentum stored up from the movement, when this is done the small and simple arsenal can be quite potent and fast.



    Think of the patterns as simple memos to remember the different defense systems by. Like a person studying for a medical exam might create rimes and stories, about musclegroups and organs to remember for an exam, martial artist create patterns to remember self-defense systems for when dealing with an attacker. What follows is not meant to be one-step extravaganza for students to swallow raw and practice without thought to get a belt, it is meant as examples of what a practical use of the system when dealing with a real life attacker could look like.


    In this example the TKD practitioner pics up on two things. The aggressor is waving a finger in his face, it is sensed as a feeling of a highly aggressive energy and rising impulse to attack. The aggressor also has a wide and loud energy in his body, suggesting a use of very round overarticulated haymaker punches. This is blocked by both hands in the guard in a cross, like when performing area maki, but here the areamaki is used as a hammer-fist, preferably to the groin, but livershots, tanden and floating ribs are good alternatives.
    As the TKD practitioner is on the inside of the attacker, between his arms, aggressiveness is deployed to force the attacker on the defense, this is not a position to relax in and hope one hit did the job. The area maki hammer-fist is immediately followed up by a mean combination of a nausea invoking straight punch to the upper body to blow his balls from the stomach and back into his scrotum. A chopping hammer-fist momtong maki to the throat and neck area, profiting on the nausea. A kick to the lower body, preferably to the small bones in the wrist, but weak chins, upper-knees and groin is also good. The point of this is to make it easier to escape and harder for the attacker to follow.


    In this example the TKD practitioner senses a forward energy telegraphed in the body-language of the aggressor. The response is to move to the side moving the guard in a momtong maki motion to get on the outside of the attack. The practitioner continues to move to the side while straight punching the side of the body under the attackers arm. He hooks the attackers neck with a turning momtong maki and tosses the body over the hip to bring the attacker to the ground. The attacker persists to feed aggressive energy and is dealt several rapid straight punches to the body and hammer-fists to head and groin before he rolls over into fetal position and snorts for air.


    In the third example one deals with a energy coming in a downward motion, as the attacker is using a bottle as weapon. Defender steps outside of the line of danger, but just to make sure redirects attackers arm with an egul maki. Quickly counterattack with apchagi to hips, or kick towards what we call the unfortunate triad of the knee, attacking the knee from the side to cause strain to anterior cruciate ligament, medial menisk and medial collateral ligament. If this is not enough momtong maki hammer-fist is used to trap the arm from moving up while attacking face, momtong chirigy is used to attack body and trap arm from going down. If the unfortunate triad is triggered you can simply walk away or concentrate on different attacker, the attacker is effectively unable to follow you.

    The entire clue with the system is to step up the game one notch from the brawlers bread and butter. The brawlers bread and butter consists mainly of sloppy haymakers, telegraphing straight punch, front kick to shins, storming tackle takedowns. It is also crucial that this is done fast. It shouldn't be a routine for display. It should be an understanding of the system that reacts fast and allows creativity. At once you taste the energy you feed it right back on autopilot. Also, these few examples are just scratching the surface of how this system can be used, there are some really important stuff I have not drawn yet.
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  2. John McNally

    John McNally Active Member

    NBSF are you i take it WTF ? like the artistry again :)
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  3. NoBullShitFighting

    NoBullShitFighting Active Member

    NO! Under no circumstances would I be associated with OL-sparring! And the horrible OL-sparring only focused business that has been built up around it.

    I do both ITF and WTF patterns, I know OL-Sparring, but prefer sparring with more freedom of expression. I am currently doing kickboxing, hoping to enter a WAKO tournament in K1 as soon as possible.
  4. bowlie

    bowlie Well-Known Member

    Really cool thread, havnt had time to read it properly, but I think this is great
  5. Oerjan

    Oerjan Active Member

    Interesting:) Glad to see that there are others that are researching our forms:) Have you read the "Taegeuk Cipher" by Simon John O`Neill? Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
  6. NoBullShitFighting

    NoBullShitFighting Active Member

    No, but I have read master Cho Woon Sup's book, the old one with the white cover, not that crayon drawings stuff. I don't want to read it before I am done with making threads for all 17 WTF patterns. Is it good? Practical applications? I have seen some applications over the years that where very wishful to say the least.
  7. Oerjan

    Oerjan Active Member

    The applications in The Taegeuk Cipher are very realistic, but the author does stray from the current Kukkiwon`s way of excecuting the techniques. For example he does the chamber for single knife hand block on the inside instead of the outside as is the norm for Kukkiwon today. I do not think that straying somewhat from the forms take too much away from the applications though as the forms still can serve as mnemonic devises to remember the self defense tecniques. The applications themselves are simple and to the point. All attacks are HAOV (abitual acts of violence) and not the typical Taekwondo attacks.

    I have all of Master Cho`s books so I know wich ones you are reffering to. I hope you have his old book number 2 (the white cover with a colored picture of himself on the same place as on the cover of his first book as this is now out of print (as far as I know never to be printed again). Are you a member of the TTU?

    Looking forward to see more of your work:)
  8. John McNally

    John McNally Active Member

    Hi Oerjan i have never been invited to be a member of the TTU are you ?
    In regards the book (Condensed) i have the First embossed Fist Green 1st edition 1965 version (English translated) however i have the 1968 sleeve cover on it unfortunately.
    Great book :)
    I look forward to seeing more of your work too.

    Will post images soon of the book.
  9. NoBullShitFighting

    NoBullShitFighting Active Member

    I'd love to go to the TTU one time. I've met Cho Woon Sup a long time ago in Bergen, it was a friendly sparring session between Norway and South Koreas B-team in 2007 at the Hall of Grieg. He performed Sipjin, I think. He was a very pleasant and calm man. Karl Erik Haarstad from Nestun was also there and did a demo, he is more of a badboy.
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  10. Blue_Knight

    Blue_Knight Active Member

    Some corrections you might want to consider:

    Since you are not part of the Kukkiwon or WTF, it would be better to state that these are Kukki Taekwondo Poomsae. Although the sport governing body of the WTF uses the same Taegeuk Poomsae for competion, it is not their own curriculum since the WTF does not have a curriculum to teach, and there really is no such thing as "WTF Taekwondo." Yes, many people use that incorrect label, but I prefer to be accurate and work to educate the public and future generations of Taekwondo students.

    While I understand that you are considering possible variable applications of techniques that exist in the forms, your above list seems to indicate what techniques exist in Il jang. "Hammer-fists to the head" do not exist in the form, but you could modify moves to become such - which is what I assume you are implying.

    The correct translation of 아래 for "low section" ("below" or "underneath") is "arae" not "area" and 막기 for "block" is makgi. (there are two k/g. One at the end of the first syllable that is pronounced soft as in "k" and one at the beginning of the second syllable that is pronounced hard as in "g").

    This is a contradiction of terms and target. A "chopping hammer-fist" to the neck is a strike and should not be called a "maki" (makgi or "block"). Also, if it is to the throat or neck area, it is a "mok chigi" (neck strike) which is included as part of the head target so it should not be labeled as a "momtong maki" or "body block."

    Blue Knight
  11. NoBullShitFighting

    NoBullShitFighting Active Member

    I really appreciate this! I will fix it when I have time on my hands. Thank you for your contribution, I knew I had a reason for posting this here ;)
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