Niahanchi Cho Dan..... Niahanchi Ee Dan..... Niahanchi Sam Dan

1st Dan Black Belt



A lot of martial arts use forms as a part of the training. They are taught and drilled. One benefit, of course, are the applications that you get from them. Small books of self-defense and movements that can be ingrained in the body memory.  Each move from a form has specific applications. After I execute one of these moves on an opponent, I know exactly the position he is going to be in, I know where his head should be, where his torso should be, etc. If I execute the same move with my eyes shut in a pitch black cave, I still know exactly what I have just done to him and his body position. Depending on the exact application I just used, I know whether I need to follow up with something else, and depending on his (and my) body position I know which Form technique I should use next.

Forms train the mind and muscle memory. Every single move you execute in a form, you should be visualising what you are doing on your opponent. As your knowledge grows you will have more options to visualise, even back in the basic form you learnt when you were a white belt. This visualisation is what helps to cement knowledge, where I know exactly what I've just done and what position the opponent is in. Visualising the opponent of the form assists with the state where you do not have to consciously think about your current or next move, it just flows.  Use the sub menus above to see the basic forms of Tang Soo Do.