Taebaek

태백, 太白

Interpretation

태백 (taebaek), meaning “bright mountain”, is the name of a mountain in Korean mythology, from where the legendary founder of Korea, 단군 왕검 (dan-gun wanggeom), is thought to have ruled the nation. Numerous places are known as 태백 (taebaek), one of which is 백두산 (baekdusan), an iconic mountain on the peninsula. [1]

This form also represents 홍익인간 (hong-ik in-gan), or “humanitarianism”. [1]

In the Northern Style, the lower grade forms 천지 (cheonji) and 단군 (dan-gun) have interpretations based on similar aspects of Korean legends.

Floor Diagram

A B C D E F

Number of Movements

26

Movements

Number Transition Stance Technique
parallel ready stance, 나란히 주비 서기 (naranhi junbi seogi)
1 Turn left and step towards E with the left foot. tiger stance, 범 서기 (beom seogi) low double bladehand block, 아래 손날 헤쳐 막기 (arae sonnal hechyeo makgi)
2:1 right front kick, 오른 앞 차기 (oreun ap chagi)
2:2 Step towards E with the right foot to land. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) double punch to the body, 두번 몸통 지르기 (dubeon momtong jireugi)
3 Turn to the right and step towards C with the right foot. tiger stance, 범 서기 (beom seogi) low double bladehand block, 아래 손날 헤쳐 막기 (arae sonnal hechyeo makgi)
4:1 left front kick, 왼 앞 차기 (oen ap chagi)
4:2 Step towards C with the left foot to land. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) double punch to the body, 두번 몸통 지르기 (dubeon momtong jireugi)
5 Turn to the left and step towards A with the left foot. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) neck strike, 제비품 목 치기 (jebi-pum mok chigi)
6 Step forwards towards A with the right foot. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
7 Step forwards towards A with the left foot. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
8 Step forwards towards A with the right foot. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
9 Turn the the left and step towards B with the left foot. right back stance, 오른 뒷 쿠비 (oreun dwit kubi) diamond block, 금강 막기 (geumgang makgi)
10 right back stance, 오른 뒷 쿠비 (oreun dwit kubi) pulling jaw strike, 당겨 턱 치기 (danggyeo teok chigi)
11 right back stance, 오른 뒷 쿠비 (oreun dwit kubi) side punch, 옆 지르기 (yeop jireugi)
12 Bring the left foot up. right crane stance, 오른 학다리 서기 (oreun hakdari seogi) pivoting punch and elbow strike, 작은 돌쩌귀 (jageun doljjeogwi)
13:1 left side kick, 왼 옆 차기 (oen yeop chagi)
13:2 Step towards B with the left foot to land. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) elbow target strike, 팔굽 표적 치기 (palgup pyojeok chigi)
14 Bring the left foot to the right, turn to the right and step towards F with the right foot. left back stance, 왼 뒷 쿠비 (oen dwit kubi) diamond block, 금강 막기 (geumgang makgi)
15 left back stance, 왼 뒷 쿠비 (oen dwit kubi) pulling jaw strike, 당겨 턱 치기 (danggyeo teok chigi)
16 left back stance, 왼 뒷 쿠비 (oen dwit kubi) side punch, 옆 지르기 (yeop jireugi)
17 Bring the right foot up. left crane stance, 왼 학다리 서기 (oen hakdari seogi) pivoting punch and elbow strike, 작은 돌쩌귀 (jageun doljjeogwi)
18:1 right side kick, 오른 옆 차기 (oreun yeop chagi)
18:2 Step towards F with the left foot to land. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) elbow target strike, 팔굽 표적 치기 (palgup pyojeok chigi)
19 Bring the right foot to the left, and then step towards D with the left foot. right back stance, 오른 뒷 쿠비 (oreun dwit kubi) bladehand block to the body, 손날 몸통 막기 (sonnal momtong makgi)
20 Step forwards towards D with the right foot. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) right spearhand strike and left pressing block, 오른 편손끝 찌르기 과 왼 눌러 막기 (oreun pyeonsonkkeut jjireugi gwa oen nulleo makgi)
21 Move the left foot across behind the right foot, turn to look towards A, and then turn to the left again to look towards D and step towards D with the left foot. right back stance, 오른 뒷 쿠비 (oreun dwit kubi) backfist strike, 등주먹 차기 (deungjumeok chigi)
22 Step forwards towards D with the right foot. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) reverse punch to the body, 반대 몸통 지르기 (bandae momtong jireugi)
23 Turn to the left and step towards E with the left foot. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) scissor block, 가위 막기 (gawi makgi)
24:1 right front kick, 오른 앞 차기 (oreun ap chagi)
24:2 Step towards E with the right foot to land. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) double punch to the body, 두번 몸통 지르기 (dubeon momtong jireugi)
25 Turn to the right and step towards C with the right foot. right long stance, 오른 앞 쿠비 (oreun ap kubi) scissor block, 가위 막기 (gawi makgi)
26:1 left front kick, 왼 앞 차기 (oen ap chagi)
26:2 Step towards C with the left foot to land. left long stance, 왼 앞 쿠비 (oen ap kubi) double punch to the body, 두번 몸통 지르기 (dubeon momtong jireugi)

Korean in Context

Here are Korean names of some of the rarer movements that are in this form.

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tiger stance
범 서기 (beom seogi)

neck strike
제비품 목 치기 (jebi-pum mok chigi)

pulling jaw strike
당겨 턱 치기 (danggyeo teok chigi)

pivoting punch and elbow strike
작은 돌쩌귀 (jageun doljjeogwi)

elbow target strike
팔굽 표적 치기 (palgup pyojeok chigi)

spearhand strike
편손끝 찌르기 (pyeonsonkkeut jjireugi)

scissor block
가위 막기 (gawi makgi)

References

  1. World Taekwondo Federation, http://www.wtf.org

Korean Date

The date today is,

4350 년 3 월 30 일 (4350, Month 3 Day 30) (25 May 2017 CE)

This is the date according to the traditional lunisolar calendar of Korea. (Note that this is not an authoritative calculation; I’m still working on the details.) The years count back to the legendary founding of Korea by 단군 왕검 (Dan-gun Wanggeom).