Definition of Poomsae
Taekwondo Poomsae are set movements in different directions, with a purpose of bringing the practitioners co-ordination and technique to a higher standard. WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) style Taekwondo has 17 of these forms. 8 are for all students, and the remaining 9 are only for black belts.
From the technical viewpoint, Poomsae is set movements within Taekwondo. Poomsae is the style of movement which expresses the mental and physical requirements of offence and defence, defining movement pattern, coordination and change of pace. Most importantly it enforces techniques to various body parts and critical points. A set of 17 ‘forms’ each with their own philosophy and purpose, universally identical in WTF Taekwondo.