Kukkiwon/WT Taekwondo uses the following series of forms (called the Yudanja series) for Black Belt forms:

  • Koryo (고려) - first dan, also spelled Goryeo and Koryeo ("learned man", symbolizing a wise person)
    • An older, deprecated form called Original Koryo is also considered by some clubs/associations to be one of the Yudanja forms, but it isn't considered so by the Kukkiwon (for gradings or the Master Instructor Course) or by the WTF (for the World Poomsae Championships).
  • Keumgang (금강)) - second dan ("diamond", symbolizing hardness, unbreakable)
  • Taebaek (태백)) - third dan ("sacred mountain", symbolizing spirituality)
  • Pyongwon (평원)- fourth dan, also spelled Pyeong-won ("open plain", symbolizing peacefulness)
  • Sipjin (싶진)) - fifth dan, also spelled Shipjin ("eternal 10", symbolizing health and longevity)
  • Jitae (지태) - sixth dan (symbolizes mankind as the connection between heaven and earth)
  • Cheonkwon (천권) - seventh dan, also spelled Cheon-gwon ("sky", symbolizing piety)
  • Hansoo (한수) - eighth dan, also spelled Hansu ("water", symbolizing adaptability)
  • Ilyeo (일여) - ninth dan (symbolizing the Buddhist concept of oneness of the mind and body)

Each of the yudanja forms has a floor pattern that traces out a Chinese character or other symbol. Each character is said to represent a characteristic that should be exhibited by a taekwondo master: wise, unbreakable, spiritual, peaceful, long-lived, pious, adaptable, etc.

Yudanja Meanings

Ship (shipjin) é o caractere chinês para 10 e refere-se a dez essências de longevidade: sol, lua, água, pedra, como montanhas, pinheiros, erva da eterna juventude, tartaruga, cervo e o guindaste. Esse formulário manifesto de desenvolvimento e crescimento sem fim, mas um crescimento altamente ordenado e previsível que promove a estabilidade. Portanto, cada movimento dessa forma deve seguir uma progressão ordenada e sistemática.


The Kukkiwon video for this form is here.

Grand Master Kyu Hyung Lee - WTF Poomsae Sipjin

Grand Master Kyu Hyung Lee - WTF Poomsae Sipjin

Diagram Edit

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Sipjin 3D

Written Instructions Edit

The movements in this poomsae for a + sign. You start in the middle of the +, which makes this fairly unique among the WTF-style forms.


Sipjin BullBlock

Bull Block

  • Ready stance
  • 1. Without stepping, Bull Block.
  • 2a. Without stepping, open the arms and pause briefly.

The Left Arm of the + SignEdit

Sipjin PalmAugmentedOutwardBlock

Palm Augmented Outward Block

Sipjin HorizontalFingertipThrust

Horizontal Fingertip Thrust

Sipjin OpeningMountainBlock

Opening Mountain Block

Sipjin DoubleElbowStrike

Double Elbow Strike

  • 2b. Move the left foot into a Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward). Left Palm Augmented Outward Block.
  • 3a. Slowly open the left fist. Twist the left wrist inward. Slide the left foot forward into Left Front Stance.
    • Application note: The idea of this slow, augmented block is that your opponent has grabbed your arm, and you are either (a) twisting your arm to get him to release his grip, with your fingers prying under his grip to loosen the grip, or (b) using his grip against him, to force your opponent into an awkward position.
  • 3b. Without stepping, Right Horizontal Fingertip Thrust (i.e., Horizontal Spearhand)
  • 3c-d. Without stepping, Left then Right Punch.
  • 4. Step forward with the right foot to turn 90 right into Horse Stance, looking right. Opening Mountain Block.
  • 5a. Step with the left foot to place it in front of the right foot into Cross Stance. Grab your opponent with the left hand and chamber the right hand for a Side Punch
  • 5b. Continue moving in the same direction; step with the right foot into a Horse Stance. Right Side PunchKihap.
  • 6. Step with the right foot to turn 180 counterclockwise into Horse Stance. Double Elbow Strike.

The Right Arm of the + SignEdit

Moving Down the + SignEdit

Sipjin PullUp

Pull Up

Sipjin Boulder1

Chamber for the Boulder Push

Sipjin Boulder2

Boulder Push

  • 12. Step backward with the right foot to turn 180 clockwise, into Left Back Stance (i.e., right foot forward). Right Palm Augmented Outward Block.
  • 13a. Slowly open the right fist. When the fingers are nearly open, start twisting the right wrist inward. The left hand continues to support. Slide the right foot into Right Front Stance.
  • 13b. Without stepping, complete the movement started in 13a by performing a Left Horizontal Fingertip Thrust.
  • 13c-d. Without stepping, Left then Right Punch.
  • 14. Step forward with the left foot into Right Back Stance (i.e., left foot forward). Double Knifehand Low Block.
  • 15a. Step forward with the right foot into Right Front Stance. Bring the hands to the right side of the waist, palms open and thumbs pointing toward each other.
  • 15b. Without stepping, Right Boulder Push.
  • 16. Pivot 90 counterclockwise, slide the right foot back to Horse Stance. Ridgehand Opening Block.
  • 17. Without stepping, Double Knifehand Low Opening Block.
  • 18. Slowly close the fists so that you're in the position of a Low Opening Block. When the hands are almost closed, straighted the legs into a Wide Stance.
  • 19. Pivot 90 counterclockwise into Left Front Stance. Pull Up.
  • 20a. Without stepping, bring the hands to the right side of the waist, palms open and thumbs pointing toward each other.
  • 20b. Without stepping, Right Boulder Push.

Moving Up the + SignEdit

Sipjin SimultaneousPunch

Simultaneous Punch

Again Moving Down the + SignEdit

References Edit

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