On June 23rd 2017 the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo announced the development of three new poomsae to be added to the current classic poomsae in competitions during the [World Taekwondo | WT] General Assembly in Muju, Korea. [1] [2]

  • Bee-gak Il Jang will be added to the Cadet (age 12-14), Junior (age 15-17) and Under 30 (age 18-30) divisions.
  • Bee-gak Ee Jang will be added to the Junior (age 15-17) and Senior 1 (age 18-30) divisions.
  • Bee-gak Sam Jang will be added to the Senior 1 (age 18-30) division.

In addition, it was announced that some of the classic poomsae would be dropped for use in competition and substituted for higher forms:

These changes are scheduled to be used at the 2018 Asian Games and the 2020 World Poomsae, Freestyle and Para Championships. [3] [4] Disambiguation of the name Bigak:

Poomsae Year Introduced Used By Is Similar To
Bikkak 2007 Never adopted Is the basis for the 2017 WT form Bigak Il Jang
Bigak 2016 Kukkiwon Is the basis for the 2017 WT form Bigak Ee Jang
Bee-gak Il Jang 2017 World Taekwondo Is based on the 2007 Bikkak
Bee-gak Ee Jang 2017 World Taekwondo Is based on the 2016 Bigak
Bee-gak Sam Jang 2017 World Taekwondo Is based on the 2016 Nareusya

Latest News about the Bee-gak Poomsae:[edit | edit source]

November 2017: It was revealed that:

December 2017: The latest information we got this weekend from the WT vice president is that at the 2018 world championships competitors will be able to choose for the traditional (taegeuk, poomsae koryo - poomsae hansu) or modern (bigak 1-3) forms. Starting 2019 the modern forms will be compulsory.

February 2018: Poomsae competition rules will also be updated. Minor technical errors will not be counted anymore, only big errors for erroneous technique. Different judges will score different espects of the performance and those scores will be combined.

April 2018: The introduction of the new Poomsae & Freestyle competition rules have been temporarily postponed until further notice.

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Bigak 1

Poomsae Bee-gak Il Jang


2017 Beegak 1 - Full video

Poomsae Bee-gak Il Jang

Step-by-Step Lessons[edit | edit source]


Bigak 1 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (1)


Bigak 1 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (2)


Bigak 1 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (3)

Diagram[edit | edit source]

The floor pattern of this poomsae is an I-shape. On the first line of the floor pattern, you move left (DA), then right (RA), then left again to return to the center. Then you move up the stem to the second line, then left, and then right again to return to center. And finally, you move down the stem to return to the starting position.

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Bigak Il Jang.png

Written Instructions[edit | edit source]

These instructions do not currently match the diagram (I need to update the instructions). The diagram is more correct. 

The following instructions are NOT definitive; they're just based on what can be seen in the video. The times given in the instructions correspond to the second of the two videos above.

Part 1: Going in the DA direction[edit | edit source]

0:07 seconds - Front Riding Stance with High Punch.

0:08 seconds - A Left Hook! In a poomsae!

0:09 seconds - Cross Stance with Low Side Block.

  • 0:04 0. Pushing Hands Joonbee
  • 0:06 1. Step left with the left foot to turn left to face DA in Right Back Stance, Left Low Block.
  • 0:06 2. Without stepping, Left High Block.
  • 0:07 3. Slide the left foot forward, then bring up the right foot to Left Front Riding Stance, Right High Punch.
  • 0:08 4. Without stepping, Left Hook Punch.
  • 0:08 5. Slide the right foot to Cross Stance (weight on left leg, right leg crossed behind), facing NA, looking right; Right Low Side Block.
  • 0:09 6. Continue stepping the right foot forward to Right Front Stance, facing DA; Swallowform Palm Strike (left palm striking, right fist high).
  • 0:10 7. Step the right foot back, then step the left foot forward to Right Back Stance, with the fists in a guard position.
  • 0:12 8. Perform three Right Side Kicks in the DA direction (low, medium high).
  • 0:17 9. Step the right foot down, then perform one Slow Left Side Kick, again in the DA direction.
  • 0:19 10. Step the left foot down to Left Front Stance, Left Knifehand Low Block, still in the DA direction.
  • 0:19 11. Without stepping, Right Arc-Hand Strike.

Part 2: Going in the RA direction[edit | edit source]

0:24 seconds - Inward Hammerfist to the ribs, augmented by a Knifehand at the shoulder.

  • 0:24 12. Pivot clockwise to Right Front Stance facing RA; Left Inward Hammerfist Strike to the ribs, while chambering the right knifehand palm-down to the left shoulder.
  • 0:25 13. Step the right foot back to Left Fighting Stance, still facing RA, with the fist in a guard position.
  • 0:25 14. Skip forward to Left High Punch (still with the left leg leading).
  • 0:26 15. Then bring the right foot forward to Left Front Riding Stance (still with the left leg leading), Right High Punch.
  • 0:26 16. Right Front Kick to middle height.
  • 0:27 17. Step the right foot down, then high Left Front Kick.
  • 0:28 18. Step the left foot down, then launch off the left foot to Left Jump Front Kick.
  • 0:33 19. Land on the right leg, step the left foot down, then slow high Right Front Kick.
  • 0:33 20. Step the right foot down to Right Front Stance, Swallowform Knifehand Strike (right hand high).
  • 0:34 21. Step the left foot forward to Left Front Stance, while swatting down and outward with the left palm, then Right Middle Punch.
  • 0:34 22. Without stepping, Right Backfist to middle height.
  • 0:35 23. Without stepping, Left Middle Punch.
  • 0:35 24. Without stepping, Left High Block.
  • 0:36 25. Without stepping, Right High Punch.

Part 3: Going DA, and then going up the stem[edit | edit source]

0:40 seconds - This appears to be an inward ridgehand to the back of the opponents neck, augmented with a hand on the forearm.

Part 4: Going in the DA direction on the second line[edit | edit source]

Part 5: Going RA, and then returning down the stem[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "WTF General Assembly", Muju, Korea, June 23, 2017
  2. "New Poomsae Rules", Muju, Korea, June 23, 2017
  3. "Poomsae Competition Rules and Interpretation pages 14-15", Seoul, Korea, June 24, 2017
  4. "Poomsae Competition Rules and Interpretation", Seoul, Korea, June 24, 2017.
  • Post in Facebook group "Poomsae USA" dated November 11, 2017 by Leslie Cheung: "Hi everyone, I am current in Gwangju for the poomsae refresher course. There is a lot of new information but I want to share some information on the new poomsae, Beegak 1, 2 and 3. In case you have learned the new Kukkiwon poomsaes, what was known as Beegak (or Bigak) is Beegak 2 from WT’s perspective, and Nareusya is Beegak 3. I don’t know if Beegak 1 is the same as any of the new poomsae, but I have videos that I can share when I have a chance."
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