Taegeuk Il Jang – Geon

태극 일장 건 · 太極 一章 乾

Sometimes written Taeguk Il Jang, Taeguk Gon, Taeguk Gun, Taeguk Kon, Taeguk Kun.

Taegeuk I Jang

Interpretation

(geon) is the first of the eight trigrams - the symbols which represent light and darkness - and so represents the beginning of the universe. This form similarly represents beginning.

Palgwae

Floor Diagram

A B C D E F G H

Number of Movements

18

Movements

Number Transition Stance Technique
ready stance, 준비 서기 (junbi seogi)
1 Turn to the left and step towards F with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) low forearm block, 아래 팔목 막기 (arae palmok makgi)
2 Step forwards towards F with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) reverse punch to the body, 몸통 반대 지르기 (momtong bandae jireugi)
3 Turn to the right and step towards D with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) low forearm block, 아래 팔목 막기 (arae palmok makgi)
4 Step forwards towards D with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) reverse punch to the body, 몸통 반대 지르기 (momtong bandae jireugi)
5 Turn to the left and step towards A with the left foot. left forward stance, 왼 앞굽이 (oen apgubi) low forearm block, 아래 팔목 막기 (arae palmok makgi)
6 left forward stance, 왼 앞굽이 (oen apgubi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
7 Move the right foot to the left and then step towards C with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) forearm block to the body, 팔목 몸통 막기 (palmok momtong makgi)
8 Step forwards towards C with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
9 Turn to the left and step towards G with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) forearm block to the body, 팔목 몸통 막기 (palmok momtong makgi)
10 Step forwards towards G with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
11 Turn to the right and step towards A with the right foot. right forward stance, 오른 앞굽이 (oreun apgubi) low forearm block, 아래 팔목 막기 (arae palmok makgi)
12 right forward stance, 오른 앞굽이 (oreun apgubi) punch to the body, 몸통 바로 지르기 (momtong baro jireugi)
13 Move the left foot to the right foot, and then turn to the left to step towards H with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) block to the head, 얼굴 막기 (eolgul makgi)
14 right front kick, 오른 앞 차기 (oreun ap chagi)
Step down towards H with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) reverse punch to the body, 몸통 반대 지르기 (momtong bandae jireugi)
15 Turn to the right and step towards B with the right foot. right walking stance, 오른 앞 서기 (right ap seogi) block to the head, 얼굴 막기 (eolgul makgi)
16 left front kick, 왼 앞 차기 (oen ap chagi)
Step down towards B with the left foot. left walking stance, 왼 앞 서기 (oen ap seogi) reverse punch to the body, 몸통 반대 지르기 (momtong bandae jireugi)
17 Turn to the right and step towards E with the left foot. left forward stance, 왼 앞굽이 (oen apgubi) low forearm block, 아래 팔목 막기 (arae palmok makgi)
18 Step forwards towards E with the right foot. right forward stance, 오른 앞굽이 (oreun apgubi) reverse punch to the body, 몸통 반대 지르기 (momtong bandae jireugi)
Turn to the left to look towards A, moving the left foot to the right foot. ready stance, 준비 서기 (junbi seogi)

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ready stance
준비 서기 (junbi seogi)
walking stance
앞 서기 (ap seogi)
forward stance
앞굽이 (apgubi)
left
(oen)
right
오른 (oreun)
block
막기 (makgi)
punch
지르기 (jireugi)
kick
차기 (chagi)

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Korean Date

The date today is,

4349 년 12 월 25 일 (4349, Month 12 Day 25) (20 February 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).