The Philosophy of Black Belt Poomse
Koryo – 1st Dan
Koryo is the name of an ancient Korean dynasty (A.D. 918-1392) and the English word Korea is derived from this. Koryo men invented metal type in 1234, and shortly afterwards invented Koryo ceramics. The Koryo men showed great fortitude by persistently defeating the aggression of Mongolians who were sweeping the known world at the time. Each move of the poomse should demonstrate the strong conviction of Koryo men.
Keumgang – 2nd Dan
The word Keumgang originally has the meaning of being too strong to be broken. The Korean people named the beautiful mountain in Korea Keumbang-San. It's is located in the Taebaek range of mountains. The Korean people call Diamond the hardest substance known to man. The poomse pattern uses the Chinese character for mountain.
Taebaek – 3rd Dan
The founding of Korea over four thousand years ago was traced back to the Taebaek Mountains. Present day mount Baekdoo is the loftiest and grandest mountain in Korea. Poomse Taebaek has its basic principles of movement from the word Taebaek which means light. It is looked upon as sacred by the Korean people. Each motion should be displayed with rigor and a determined will.
Pyongwon – 4th Dan
The living lot of humans is the plain. Fertile and vast plains give us food. On the other hand, a great open plain stretching out endlessly gives us a feeling of majesty that is different from what we feel on a mountain or the sea. Pyongwon should be preformed with strength, flexibility, and boldness, as well as in the majestic spirit of the vast plain that blesses us with abundance and grace.
Sipjin – 5th Dan
The decimal system is the standard numerical value of hundred, thousand, million, billion and so on. In this sense 10 is the standard figure which means endless development and growth. The growth is always affected by systematic and orderly rule. The life of poomse Sipjin lies in the supreme change and orderly discipline of the decimal system. Stability is sought in every change of movement. The poomse changes in the direction of the Chinese character of 10 (+).
Jitae – 6th Dan
According to oriental belief all living things come from and return to the earth. Poomse Jitae is the movement which applies these features and properties of the earth. The key point of this poomse lies in the movements which are derived from the harmony of implicitly welling power and strong muscles.
Cheonkwon – 7th Dan
From ancient time, the sky creates and controls everything in nature. As the ruler of the universe the sky may be a mysterious and profound world of imagination in the eyes of humans. Poomse Cheonkwon is composed of the motions that remind a man looking up at the sky from the earth, seeing an eagle, to fly towards the high sky.