Understanding the Formality of Poomsae
Therefore, though poomsae is comprised of a limited pattern it opens up to infinite possibilities when through your own creative will you interpret the original potential of every poomsae motion. No one can understand the ultimate implications of poomsae until he grasps this freedom. As you practice poomsae you ought to seek out its hidden meanings rather than merely imitating its patterned motions.
manner, to practice poomsae is not to restrict oneself to a structured formality
but to open oneself to non-regularity by way of the generality of poomsae. However,
this will not be possible until one has first become trained in the formality
and regularity of poomsae. In other words, while poor poomsae form will hinder
freedom, skilled Taekwondo poomsae in no way interferes with freedom. The formality
of poomsae both creates freedom and exists alongside it.