General Ul Ji Moon Dok

Ul-Ji is one of the 4th degree black belt forms used in ITF-style taekwondo. Ul-Ji is named after General Ul Ji Moon Dok who successfully defended Korea against a Tang invasion force of nearly 1,000,000 soldiers led by Yang Je in 612 AD. General Ul Ji used hit-and-run tactics to destroy a large number of the opposing force. The diagram represents his surname. The 42 movements represent General Choi's age when he designed this form.

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Written Instructions[edit | edit source]

The lines of Ul-Ji (student view)

  • Ready Posture: Parallel Stance with an X-Back Hand
  • Step 1. Move the left foot to C forming a right walking stance toward D while executing a horizontal strike with twin side fists.
  • Step 2. Move the right foot to C to form a left walking stance toward D while executing a pressing block with an X-fist.
  • Step 3. Execute a rising block with an X-knife-hand while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Perform 2 and 3 in a continuous motion.
  • Step 4. Execute a high front strike to D with the right knife-hand bringing the left palm on the right elbow joint while maintaining a left walking stance toward D.
  • Step 5. Move the left foot to C to form a sitting stance toward B while executing a horizontal strike to C with the left back hand.
  • Step 6. Execute a middle crescent kick to the left palm with the right foot.
  • Step 7. Lower the right foot to C, forming a sitting stance toward A while striking the left palm with the right front elbow.
  • Step 8. Thrust to B with the left back elbow placing the right side fist on the left fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward A.
  • Step 9. Execute a side back strike to B with the right back fist and extending the left arm to the side-downward while maintaining a sitting stance toward A.
  • Step 10. Bring the left foot to the right foot, forming a close stance toward D, at the same time thrusting with a twin side elbow.
  • Step 11. Cross the left foot to the right foot, forming a close stance toward D while turning the face to A, Keeping the position of the hands as they were in 10. Perform in a fast motion.
  • Step 12. Execute a middle side piercing kick to A with the right foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 11.
  • Step 13. Lower the right foot to A, and then cross the left foot over the right foot, forming a right X-stance toward D while executing a horizontal thrust with a twin elbow.
  • Step 14. Move the right foot to A to form the sitting stance toward D while executing a right horizontal punch to A.
  • Step 15. Execute a high front strike to D with right knife-hand, bringing the left back hand in front of the forehead while standing up toward D.
  • Step 16. Execute a twin knife-hand block to B while forming a right L-stance toward B, pivoting with the right foot.
  • Step 17. Jump to execute a mid-air kick to B with the right foot while spinning clockwise.
  • Step 18. Land to B forming a right walking stance toward B while executing a middle block to B with the right double forearm.
  • Step 19. Bring the left foot to the right foot to form a closed ready stance B toward D.
  • Step 20. Jump to D forming a right X-stance toward BD while executing a high side strike to B with the right back fist bringing the left finger belly to the right side fist.
  • Step 21. Move the left foot to C to form a right walking stance toward D while executing a rising block with the left forearm.
  • Step 22. Execute a middle front snap kick to D with the left foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 21.
  • Step 23. Lower the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a high punch to D with the right fist.
  • Step 24. Move the right foot to D to form a right walking stance toward D while executing a middle thrust to D with the right straight fingertip.
  • Step 25. Move the left foot to D turning counter-clockwise to form a sitting stance toward A while executing a high side strike to D with the left back fist.
  • Step 26. Move the right foot to F turning counter-clockwise to form a right walking ready stance toward F.
  • Step 27. Jump to execute a flying high kick to F with the right foot.
  • Step 28. Land to F to form a right fixed stance toward F while executing a checking block to F with an X-knife hand.
  • Step 29. Move the left foot to F forming a right L-stance toward F while executing a pressing block with an X-fist.
  • Step 30. Execute a middle side front snap kick to F with the left foot while executing a middle wedging block with the inner forearm.
  • Step 31. Lower the left foot to F forming a left walking stance toward F while executing a high vertical punch to F with a twin fist.
  • Step 32. Move the right foot to F to form a right fixed stance toward F while executing a middle outward block with the right knife hand and a middle pushing block with the left palm.
  • Step 33. Slide to F forming a right L-stance toward F while executing a middle punch to F with the left fist.
  • Step 34. Move the left foot to the side rear of the right foot and the right foot to E to form a right L-stance toward F and then jump to E maintaining a right L-stance towards F while executing a middle guarding block to F with the forearm.
  • Step 35. Execute a middle turning kick to DF with the right foot.
  • Step 36. Lower the right foot to F and then execute a middle back piercing kick to F with the left foot.
  • Step 37. Lower the left foot to F to form a right L-stance toward F while executing a middle guarding block to F with the forearm.
  • Step 38. Move the left foot to E forming a left l-stance toward F while executing an upward block to F with the right palm.
  • Step 39. Move the right foot to E forming a right walking stance to E while executing a circular block to ED with the left inner forearm.
  • Step 40. Execute a circular block to DE with the right inner forearm while forming a right walking stance toward DF.
  • Step 41. Move the left foot on line EF to form a sitting stance toward D while executing a middle punch to D with the left fist.
  • Step 42. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D.
  • End: Bring the foot back to a ready position

Black Belt Forms[edit | edit source]

The ITF-style Black Belt forms are:

Forms no longer used:

* Ko-Dang is an older form, replaced with Juche. Ko-Dang is still taught in some schools however.

U-Nam is an ITF/Chang Hon-style form that appears only in the 1959 edition of Choi Hong Hi's Tae Kwon Do Teaching Manual.

References[edit | edit source]

The primary reference is:

The following websites are also particularly good online references for ITF-style taekwondo:

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