Learning your taekwondo patterns? Here's help with taegeuk-sah-jang (taegeuk 4)

On this page we show a slow motion video of Deb doing taegeuk-sah-jang - you'll be able to follow each move.

We also include full written instructions.



We think taegeuk 4 is beautiful taekwondo poomse.

The first three taegeuk forms start with a low block. But in taegeuk-sah-jang you start with a double knife-hand in back stance.

And for the first time in the taegeuk forms you have the challenge of performing a simultaneous block and strike.

You also need to show your sidekick. If your sidekick is not great yet. Don't sweat! It takes a while.

OK. Let's go with taegeuk-sah-jang.

  • Swivel 90' to your left. This brings you into back stance- left foot in front. As you turn do a mid-section double knife-hand.
  • Step forward into long stance with your right foot in front. Do a left mid section pressing block. Then a right spear finger strike.
  • Swivel on your left foot and turn 180' to your right into back stance (right foot in front). As you turn do a mid-section double knife-hand.
  • Step forward into long stance with your left foot in front. Do a right mid section pressing block. Then a left spear finger strike.
  • Swivel on your right foot turn to the left 90 degrees into end in long forward stance with you left foot in front. As you turn do a left high section knife-hand block and and a right inward knife-hand strike at neck level.
  • Do a right front kick stepping forward into front stance with your right foot forwards. As your foot lands complete a left mid section punch
  • OK here's the tricky bit of taegeuk-sah-jang. Do a side kick with your left leg to end in walking stance with your left leg in font.
  • Then do a side kick with your right leg to end in back stance with your right foot in front. As you land complete a mid-section double knife-hand. As you can see Deb's side kicks still need a lot more work!
  • Now swivel on your right foot and turn 270' to your left to end in back stance with your left foot in front. As you turn do a left mid section outer forearm block.
  • Do a front kick with your right leg but step it back this time into back stance with your left foot forwards. As you land complete a right inward middle block.
  • Swivel on your left foot to turn 180' to your right. You should be in back stance with your left foot forwards. As you finish the turn complete a right mid section outer forearm block.
  • Do a front kick with your left leg and step it back into back stance keeping your right foot forwards. As you land complete a left inward middle block.
  • Swivel on your right foot turn to the left 90 degrees into end in long forward stance with you left foot in front. As you turn do a left high section knife-hand block and and a right inward knife-hand strike at neck level.
  • Do a right leg front kick and step forwards into front stance with your right foot in front. Do a right back fist strike at nose level.
  • Swivel on the right foot and step with your left to turn 90' to your left into walking stance. As you finish the turn complete a left inward block.
  • Keep your feet where they are and do a right mid section punch
  • Keep your feet pretty much where they are and swivel 180' to your right into walking stance. Do a right inward middle block as you complete the turn.
  • Keep your feet where they are and do a left mid section punch
  • Swivel on your right foot and turn 90' to your left into front stance with your left leg forwards. As you turn complete a left inner middle block.
  • Keep you feet where they are and do a double mid section punch - right then left.
  • Step your right forward into front stance and do a right inner middle block.
  • Keep you feet where they are and do then double mid section double punch left then right. Ki-hup!

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