Both Keumgang and Taebaek are mountains in Korea (more accurately Keumgang Mountain is located in the Taebaek mountain range. Poomse Keumgang Keumgang, meaning diamond, is symbolized Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Poomsae (Taekwondo Poomsae series Book 3).

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When a 3rd Dan has acquired these qualities, then he or she is ready for 4th Dan promotion.

The second group of three is focused on mental development, while the last three are concerned mainly with spiritual development. Aug 19, Messages: Jan 19, 1. May 14, 5. Accordingly, ‘Keumgang’ in Taekwondo means movement based on spiritual strength that is as beautiful and majestic as the Diamond Mountains and hard and adamant as the diamond. No, create an account now. Thank you a lot for the information.

The Meaning of Keumgang and Taebaek Poomsae

As may be understood, Poomse ‘Taebaek’ has it basic principles of movement from the word Taebaek with the meaning of light and being looked upon as sacred by the Korean people. The Taekwondo poomsae textbook describes Taebaek as follows: Nov 7, Messages: And of course the way to develop speed is through thorough knowledge and practice of the basics, which is what Taebaek is all about.


The symbolism of the mountains in the first three yudanja poomsae has extra meaning in that it marks the climb of a martial artist’s journey up through the physical levels of his art. No other style outlines so clearly through its poomsae, the path which we are supposed to take. Do you already have an account? Sep 25, Messages: Could you do the same for the other Poomsae as well?

Taekwondo Black Belt Form 2 – Keumgang

The movements should be powerful and well-balanced so as to befit a black belter’s dignity. Mount Baekdoo is regarded as the symbol of Korea.

The thing that distinguishes a 4th Dan from a 3rd Dan is or should be the depth of knowledge with regard to the basics, as well as speed. May 11, 4.

Traditional Taekwondo Ramblings: Practical application for Keumgang Poomsae Part Five

The Taebaek poomsae focuses on an entirely different lesson. Apr 24, Messages: I didn’t even know the Yudanja Poomsae were divided in groups and that they even posed meaning while grouped. May 27, Messages: These are the qualities stressed in the Keumgang poomsae. Here are the explanations of Keumgang and Taebaek, in case you’re still looking for them.

The poomsae are sign posts on your martial arts journey, defining each step, which I believe is a unique characteristic of the Kukkiwon poomsae. This is why I am against the concept of skip dans, because if one does not spend time at each rank, then the student fails to appreciate the lessons to be learned the different dan levels.


Yes, my password is: May 14, 6. The nine Kukkiwon yudanja poomsae are divided up into groups of three. I was already familiar with the general meaning of those two Poomsae, but not in such detail.

Keumgang on the Korean peninsula, which is regarded as the center of national spirit, and the ‘Keumgang Yoksa’ Keumgang warrior as named by Buddha, who represents a mightest warrior, are the background denominating this poomsae. Apr 11, 2. Your user name or email address: Therefore, every motion of Poomse ‘Taebaek’ should keumgwng displayed not only precisely and nimbly but also with rigor and a determined will.

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It is these qualities that differentiate a 3rd Dan from lower ranks, and once these qualities are achieved, then the 2nd Dan is ready for promotion to 3rd Dan. Mount Baekdoo is the loftiest and grandest mountain in Korea.

In my opinion, studying the philosophy behind each of the poomsae gives additional insight into not only the poomsae themselves, but also into the process of developing through the dan ranks. Search tags for this page.

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