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Taegeuk Yook Jang - Water


Taegeuk Yook Jang - alternative diagram

Taegeuk Yook Jang (also spelled Taegeuk Yuk Jang) is the sixth of eight "taegeuk" forms (i.e., poomsae) used by Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo (WT). The word "Yook" is the number 6 in the sino-Korean numbering system.

Each taegeuk form is represented by a trigram (such as ); trigrams are divination symbols derived from the I Ching. The trigram for Taegeuk Yook Jang represents the concept of "Kam" (also spelled Gam). Kam symbolizes water, which is flowing and gentle but also persistent, able to wear away at the hardest stone. (See the article Taegeuk for additional detail regarding the symbolism of this form.)

This form requires very fluid movements, such as the immediate but complex transition from step 12a to step 12b: the left Roundhouse Kick to the right Low Block. Like water, the attacks are persistent, such as with steps 8-9: punch, kick, punch - uninterrupted by blocks. The final backwards steps 16-18 mimic the way water flows formlessly back to its container. 3rd Gup grade trainees practice this poomsae.


  • Of all the taegeuk forms, only Yook Jang and Pal Jang do not have a kihap at the end.
  • Of all the taegeuk forms, only Yook Jang concludes by moving the right foot to the left foot to return to the ready position.
  • Of all the taegeuk forms, only Sam Jang and Yook Jang conclude with a left-hand technique.
  • Of all the taegeuk forms, only Sam Jang and Yook Jang repeat the first line on the third line.

Official Video[]

The Kukkiwon official video for this form.

GM Kyu Hyung Lee Video[]

The following video is a step-by-step demonstration of Taegeuk Yook Jang, with notes.

Video with Notes[]

The following video is a step-by-step demonstration of Taegeuk Yook Jang, with notes.

Video from Behind[]

Often it's useful to watch a video that's viewed from behind the performer's starting position.


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New movements in this form: Twist Block (at step 5), Roundhouse Kick (at step 6a), High Outward Block (at step 6b), Low Opening Block (at step 10), Palmheel Block (at step 18a).

Other movements in this form: Low Block (aka Downward Block), Front Kick, Outward Block, Punch, High Block (aka Upward Block).

Written Instructions[]

Like all Taegeuk forms, this poomsae is performed on three lines. Imagine three parallel lines laid out side-to-side before you. You first perform the steps on the first line, then step forward to the second line, perform the steps on the second line, step forward to the third line, etc. The left side of each line is a mirror image of the right side of the line.


T6 Twistblock

Knifehand High Twist Block

  • Start in the Ready position or "joon-bee" stance
  • FIRST GOING LEFT (Da 1)...
  • THEN GOING RIGHT (Ra 1, mirror image)...
    • 5. Stepping with the left foot, turn left 90 degrees (so that you're facing the Ga direction) into a left front stance. Chamber the right knifehand to the left side waist, then raise the right knifehand to perform a right knifehand high twist block, as if grabbing the opponent's shoulder.
    • 6a. Right roundhouse kick. As you finish the roundhouse kick, place the kicking leg down just ahead of the left foot, in preparation for the upcoming pivot.
      • Technically, at the end of the roundhouse kick, as you place your kicking foot on the floor, you're still facing in the Ga direction, in preparation for an upcoming pivot to the left. In practice, however, these two things (6a-6b) happen so quickly that it may feel like you put your kicking foot down immediately into a pivoted position.


T6 HighOutwardBlock

High Outward Block

T6 OpeningBlock

Low Opening Block


  • FIRST GOING LEFT (Da 3)...
    • 12b. Place the left kicking leg down next to right foot (so that technically you're still facing in the Ga direction), then step back with the right foot to turn right 270 degrees into a right front stance. In practice, the step-down-and-pivot might happen so quickly that it feels like you only had to turn 180 degrees to the right. In any case, you wind up facing in the Da direction in a front stance. Right low block.
    • 13a. Left front kick.
    • 13b. Step back into left back stance (i.e., right foot forward). Right outward block.
  • THEN GOING RIGHT (Ra 3, mirror image)...


Helpful Tips[]

  • This is another one of those forms where the first line and the third line are the same. That makes it easier to remember.
  • A lot of people seem to have trouble remembering Step 5 and Step 11. “Which hand is used? Which foot goes forward?” Here’s a couple of tips: (1) the forward hand and the forward foot are always opposite. So for example at Step 5 it’s the right arm forward, therefore it must be the left foot forward. (2) the blocking hand will always be pointing in the direction of the upcoming Roundhouse Kick.


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Other Forms in the Taegeuk Series[]

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