WTF Taekwondo Patterns 5 - Taegeuk Oh Jang

Taegeuk Oh Jang is number 5 out of 8 WTF taegeuk taekwondo patterns.

It represents the changing nature of the wind and humility.

There's a tricky set of blocks to remember as you move forwards at the beginning.

And as always in taekwondo patterns the side-kicks as always are difficult to get right!




OK let's get into Taegeuk Oh Jang.

  • Swivel 90' to your left into front stance- left foot in front. As you turn do a left low block.
  • Slide your left foot back to your right foot to form an upright L shaped stance. Do a left hammer fist strike to the top of your opponent's head.
  • Swivel on your left foot turn to 180'to your right step your right foot out into front stance. As you turn do a right low block.
  • Slide your right foot back to your left foot to form an upright L shaped stance. Do a right hammer fist strike to the top of your opponent's head.
  • Step 90' to the left with your left foot into front stance. Do a left inner middle block. Keep your feet still and do a right inner middle block.
  • Do a right leg front kick and to land in right front stance. As you land do a right back fist strike to your opponent's nose. Then keep your feet where they are and do a left inner middle block.
  • Do a left leg front kick and to land in left front stance. As you land do a left back fist strike to your opponent's nose. Then keep your feet where they are and do a right inner middle block.
  • Step forwards into right long stance. As you land your foot do a right back fist strike to your opponent's nose. (Some styles ki-hup here in taegeuk oh jang.)
  • Swivel through 270' to your left so you end up in back stance with your left foot forwards. As you finish the turn execute a left single mid section knife-hand block.
  • Step forwards with your right foot into front stance and do a right high section elbow strike. (Styles vary here, sometimes the elbow strikes into the left palm, sometimes the left palm cups the right fist.)
  • Swivel through 180' to your right so you end up in back stance with your right foot forwards. As you finish the turn execute a right single mid section knife-hand block.
  • Step forwards with your left foot into front stance and do a left high section elbow strike.
  • Swivel on your right foot, step 90' to your left into left front stance. Do a left low block.
  • Keep your feet where they are and do a right inner middle block.
  • Do a front kick with your right leg to land the leg in front in front stance. Do a right low block.
  • Keep your feet where they are and do a left inner middle block.
  • Swivel on your right foot turn 90' to your left into left front stance (some clubs teach walking stance here), do a left high section block.
  • Now the bit we find tricky in all taekwondo patterns- side kick! Do a right side kick (some styles do a side punch at the same time) and then land in right front stance. Do a mid section elbow strike- your left elbow strikes into you right palm.
  • Swivel on your left foot and turn 180 degrees to your right into right front stance (again some clubs teach walking stance) and do a right high section block.
  • Here's the second side kick. Do a left side kick (again some styles do a side punch at the same time), land in left front stance. Do a mid section elbow strike- your right elbow strikes into you left palm.
  • Swivel on your right foot and turn 90' to your left into left front stance. Do a left low block followed by a right inner middle block.
  • Do a right front kick. There are 2 variations we know of this last bit. Some clubs teach a stamp with the right foot and and others teach a jump. Either way you end up in X stance with your left foot behind your right and finish with a right back fist strike and a Key-hup!

As always with taekwondo patterns take your time with your taegeuk oh jang. There is no rush. Learn them slowly and thoroughly bit by bit.

In time you might even grow to love them!


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