Meaning of Tae Kwon Do forms

Tae Geuk 1-8 + Koryo English -> Korean
Keon represents heaven and light. Heaven gives us rain and the sun gives us light, and makes every thing grow. Therefore, KEON is the beginning of everything on earth, and is the source of creation.
Tae Geuk Il Jang (18 movements)
Tae means joyfulness. This is the state in which one's mind is kept firm and appears gentle, so that a smile and virtue prevail. Accordingly, this action should be performed gently but forcefully.
Tae Geuk Ee Jang (18 movements)
RI means fire and sun. What distinguishes man from an animal is that man know how to use fire. A burning fire gives man light, warmth, enthusiasm and hope. This form should be performed with variety and passion.
Tae Geuk Sam Jang (18 movements)
JIN symbolizes thunder. Thunder and lightening are the objects of fear and trembling. This principle suggests to us that we should act calm and bravely even in the face of danger and fear, then the blue sky and bright sunlight will appear again.
Tae Geuk Sa Jang (20 movements)
The SEON principle symbolizes wind. There are horrible winds such as storms, typhoons and tornadoes. But the nature of the wind is gentle. Spring breezes caress the weeping willow. Wind symbolizes a humble state of mind. It expresses repetitive good natured actions. Sometimes, action proceeds as gently and monotonously as a breeze, but often as forcefully as a storm.
Tae Geuk Oh Jang
The GAM principle symbolizes water. Water is liquid and formless. Water never loses its nature. It always flows downward. This principle teaches the lesson that we can overcome difficulty and hardship if we go forward with self confidence.
Tae Geuk Yuk Jang (25 movements)
GAN means "Top Stop" (i.e., the very highest point). We should stop when we should and we must go forward when we must; moving and stopping should match with time in order to achieve things. A mountain never moves. Man must learn from the stability of the mountain. We should not act in a hasty manner.
Tae Geuk Chil Jang (25 movements)
The GON principle symbolizes the Earth which is the source of life. Things take life from it; growing and drawing limitless energy from it. The Earth is where the creative force of Heaven is embodied. The Earth is always wordless; it hugs and grows everything.
Tae Geuk Pahl Jang (24 movements)
Koryo (Korea) is the name of an ancient dynasty (A.D. 928-1392) in Korea. The English word "Korea" originated from the name of the Koryo Dynasty. Koryo's legacy to the Korean people is very significant. Koryo men invented metal type for the first time in the world (A.D. 1234), more than two centuries before Johannes Gutenberg (A.D. 1398-1468), and they also created the famous Koryo ceramics. Moreover they showed great fortitude by persistently defeating the aggression of the Mongolians who were seeping the known world at that time. Koryo form is the presentation of the strong conviction and will with which Koryo men held the Mongolians in check and. therefore, it can be used as ones's posture for cultivating himself in the ways of wisdom and the unyielding spirit of a man of conviction.
Koryo (30 movements)