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Pyung An Forms (Tang Soo Do/Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk
Forms or "Hyungs" in Korean, are a series of
defending and attacking movements performed against imaginary opponents
in a set pattern. Through the practice of forms, students learn the
application of various Tae Kwon Do techniques and classical
combinations. Forms serve a multi-dimensional purpose, aiding in the
development of coordination, balance, timing, breath control and rhythm.
Meaning of the Pyung-Ahn Forms
Keecho Hyung Il Bu, Ee Bu & Sam Bu --
Literally translates into Basic form. These forms are a simple
techniques taught to beginning belts.
Pyung Ahn 1-5 -- The Pyung Ahn
symbols are Chinese characters. The first character (Pyung), shaped
similar to that of a balanced scale, corresponds to the English terms
well-balanced, calm and peaceful. The second symbol (Ahn), corresponds
to safe, confident and comfortable. It is said that by mastering the
Pyung Ahn forms one can develop a feeling of "Pyung Ahn" (peace and
confidence), regardless of the situation. This state can be achived
because of the capabilities developed by the practice of these forms.
These capabilities include, but not limited to; self-defense, balance ,
speed, and power control, endurance, precision and spirit.
The animal representation of Pyung Ahn
forms is the turtle. This animal lives in a state of constant peace and
confidence. It's actions are always slow and deliberate. It presents an
impression of calm, comfort, and peace. Upon being attacked, it can
withdraw into it's shell keeping it safe from harm