By Amy Krupp, 1st dan, CTI Instructor
Training in poomse also keeps you honest. Poomses are like friends. You have your old friends that you’ve known since you were a little kid (or a white belt). They stick with you. Throughout your training, you’ll do four directional punch hundreds, maybe even thousands of times. You’ve spent so much time with it that you’ll never forget it. Just like that old friend you’ve had since elementary school. It’s an old, trusty friend that will never let you down.
Then you have the friends you’ve known since middle school (blue belt). They were in all of your classes with you, you ate lunch with them, and talked to them in the hallway between classes. You spent a lot of time hanging out with Taegeuk O Chang; you thought they were really cool with their sweeping hammer fists and elbow smashes. They’ll always be your friend, right?
Then you have your new poomse. The one that you’re learning now. It’s new, and fun, and exciting. It has jump 360’s and flying side kicks in it! You want to spend all of your time with this awesome, new friend. You hang out with them all the time, spend all of your free time with them, and really work on strengthening that friendship. You even think they may become one of your best friends (I mean… not your very best friend. No one will ever replace Four Directional Punch. But this new friend may be a close second). Pretty soon you spend so much time with this new poomse, that you start to forget about Taegeuk O Chang. You step into chumbi. You of course remember the sweeping hammer fists, but… what move comes next again?
This happens to the best of us. You become hyper focused on your new poomses, and forget about those middle ones. Don’t neglect the To Sans, Taegeuk O Changs, and Chung Guns. If you don’t get a chance to do them in class, practice them at home. Don’t get stuck mid-poomse, forgetting what comes next. Be well rounded, not only in your Moo Sul Kwan martial arts training, but in your poomse training. Poomses are trusted friends- with a little bit of love and attention, they’ll always be by your side.