Hyung (Forms)

Forms are a staple of many martial arts studios. Forms themselves don't teach us about defense or the knowledge of fighting. Without the experience of a trained instructor they are no different than dances we commit to memory. However, as part of martial arts instruction, these forms become the talking point to train our minds in the applicaiton of various fighting techniques while we commit their motions to muscle memory with power and flow.

These 6 short forms are the students' first introduction to self-defense. These are prescribed self-defense steps that the students will eventually practice with a partner. Once proficient, these forms will be used to help students practice spacing, power, speed, and technique in regards to self-defense. 

The Key Bon Series is the first five basic forms that are taught at NITSD. The purpose of these forms are to commit basic tecniques to muscle memory and start to develop power and flow. You will notice that all five forms follow the same capital "I" shape. As students increase in rank, mastery of these forms is intergral for promotion.

The Pyong Series is an intermediate form series that increases the complexity of the basic techniques of Tang Soo Do. These forms require students not only to engage in techniques a little more complicated, but they also require students to think about the purpose of techniques in order to generate the proper power.

Naihanchi comes to us from the time of the Empire of Japan. With roots in Isshin-Ryu Karate this series of three forms was originally one whole form. These forms were adopted by early schools of Tang Soo Do. Each of these forms requires students to showcase both power and control.

The forms in the category of advanced are not part of a series. These forms, aside from Tae Shun Hyung, are taught at the highest levels in Tang Soo Do. These forms often have specific foci that students must master in order to be eligible for promotion.