A “form” (called a “hyung” in Korean) is a prearranged series of movements performed in a dance-like manner, and is probably the most important training tool that you will have in the martial arts.
A traditional form is designed to not only allow you to practice patterns and techniques, or to train your body and build muscles and stamina â€” it is also extremely important in helping your body to learn the “vocabulary” of the martial art.
Every style or system of martial arts is different, and each has it’s own particular “flavor” as different from one style to the next as apples are from oranges. Practicing forms helps you to internalize the particular “flavor” of your style of martial arts through consistent practice, which will help you in every other aspect of your training. In Kuk Sool Won forms are an integral part of your training, with an empty-hand form (and, often, one or more weapons forms) required for each rank.
In practicing forms, the student should strive for balance, coordination, and smoothness. Over time the student will be able to add power and speed to his/her movements. The student should concentrate on the following 5 principles of Jae Se while practicing forms:
- Eyes: Bright and Clear
- Mind: Calm and Focused
- Stance: Low and Stable
- Feet: Slow and Precise
- Hands: Fast and Controlled
Below is a list of the empty-hand forms in Kuk Sool. This list is not complete, as there are many more high-level forms that were intentionally left off.
- White Belt: Ki Cho Hyung
- Yellow Belt: Cho Geup Hyung
- Blue Belt: Joong Geup Hyung
- Red Belt: Goh Geup Hyung
- Brown Belt: Dae Geup Hyung
- Black-Brown Belt: Guhm Moo Hyung
- 1st Degree Black Belt: Beak Pa Ki Hyung
- 2nd Degree Black Belt: Kyuk Pa Hyung
- 3rd Degree Black Belt: