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 Bigak 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.

Video[edit | edit source]

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Bigak 3

Poomsae Bee-gak Sam Jang

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


Bigak 3 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (1)


Bigak 3 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (2)-0


Bigak 3 - Vietnam Poomsae Team (3)

Diagram[edit | edit source]

The following diagram is not definitive. It's based only on what can be seen in Kukkiwon's Nareusya video. It has not yet been verified against the above (new) video.

Nareusya 3D.png

Written Instructions[edit | edit source]

Until we have definitive written instructions for Bigak Sam Jang, see the (draft) written instructions for Kukkiwon's Nareusya poomsae: Nareusya:Written Instructions

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.
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