Dan-Grade Poomsae


Koryo poomsae symbolises “seonbae”, which means ‘learned man”, who is characterised by a strong martial spirit, as well as a righteous learned man’s spirit. New techniques appearing in this poomsae are:

  • Kodeup yop chagi – double side kick
  • Sonnal arae maki – Low section knife hand block
  • Khalgaebi mureup nullo kkokki – Sweep with hand then knee break
  • Momtong hecho maki – Mid section spreading block
  • Jumeok pyojeok jireugi – Target punch
  • Pyonsonkkeut gecho tzireugi – Flat fist spearfinger strike
  • Batangson nullo maki – Heel of palm downwards block
  • Mejumeok arae pyojeok chigi – Hammer fist low section target strike

Jumbi seogi is in the tongmilji which required mental concentration by positioning the hand in between the upper and lower abdomen where “sin” (divine) and “jeong” (spirit) converge.

The line of the poomsae represents the chinese letter which means “seonbae” in Korean.


Keumgang (meaning “diamond”) has the significance of ‘hardness’, ‘largeness’ and ‘power’, such as a mountain. Mount Keumgang is on the Korean peninsula and is regarded as the center of national spirit, and the Keumgang warrior as named by Buddha. The Keumgang warrior represents the mightiest warrior and this should be thought of when performing this poomsae. New techniques appearing in this poomsae are:

  • Batangson teok chigi – Palm heel jaw strike
  • Hansonnal momtong an maki – Single knife hand midsection inner block
  • Keumgang maki – Diamond block
  • Santeul maki – Wide open block
  • Kheun doltzeogi – Large hinge
  • Hakdari seogi – Crane stance

The poomsae line follows the chinese letter for ‘mountain’.

Movements should be powerful and well balanced.