- Taeguek Il Jang – Symbolises Heaven
This form represents the source of creation by presenting the most basic techniques. It, therefore, is the foundation from which the other forms build.
- Taeguek Ee Jang – Symbolises Joyfulness
This form represents a frame of mind, which is serene and gentle, yet, firm within, the state from which true virtue smiles. This form consists of movements that are made softly yet firmly with control.
- Taeguek Sam Jang – Symbolises Fire
This form represents fire and sun, and their characteristics of warmth, enthusiasm, and hope. Like fire, this form is filled with changing bursts of power connected with a continuous flow of motion.
- Taeguek Sa Jang – Symbolises Thunder
Thunder, combined with lightning, evokes fear and trembling but reminds us that danger, like a thunderstorm, passes as suddenly as it comes, leaving blue sky, sunshine, and rain freshened air in its wake. It teaches to act calmly and bravely in the face of loud and terrifying dangers, real or imagined, knowing that they, too, shall pass.
- Taeguek Oh Jang – Symbolises Wind
Although there are horrible and destructive winds, such as the typhoon, hurricane, and tornado, the wind’s true nature is gentle but penetrating. The wind teaches humility and good-natured actions. Like a gentle breeze, this form is simple. Yet like a storm, it is strong and powerful.
- Taeguek Yuk Jang – Symbolises Water
Water always flows downward and, in time, can wear away the hardest granite. We learn that we can overcome every difficulty if we go forward with self-confidence and persistence. Like water, this form is gentle yet destructive. It teaches that man, when faced with a challenge, can overcome it by persistence and unwavering belief.
- Taeguek Chil Jang – Symbolises Mountain
A mountain is stable and cannot be moved. This form teaches us to move only when it is necessary to move – and then move rapidly – and stop suddenly and solidly, standing like a rock. It teaches commitment to notion and to immobility, for one must not waver.
- Taeguek Pal Jang – Symbolises Earth
The earth is receptive, gentle and nurturing. It signifies the infinite concentration of UM energy. (UM is a passive, receptive force) The Earth hugs and grows everything. It nurtures in silence and in strength. It teaches us the importance of the life force within ourselves and to respect life in all forms.