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Poomsae Taegeuk - Il Jang.  Movements - 18.

Meaning - Keon (Heaven and Light).  Direction / Relation - South / Father.

Poomsae taegeuk il jang: (first pattern) is the beginning of all the poomsae, the "birth" of the martial artist into Taekwondo.  Heaven is beautiful, peaceful, serene and balanced.  It is full of majesty and grandeur.  Taegeuk il jang is the embodiment of this balance and perfection.

Strong precise and balanced movements characterise this pattern.  The associated trigram represents yang (heaven and light).  Therefore, this poomsae should be performed with the greatness of Heaven.  Heaven gives us rain and the sun gives us light and makes things grow.  Therefore, keon (heaven and light) is the beginning of everything on earth and the source of all creation.  It can be compared to a plant growing up to heaven from it’s living place on earth.  Taegeuk poomsae begin with keon, namely the heaven.

Il jang is the taegeuk poomsae for yellow belt (8th Kup).

Next pattern: Yee Jang