Taekwondo Poomsae

Rules for Taekwondo Poomsae

General Rules

  • Maximum performance time for all Taekwondo Poomsae is 1.5 minutes; minimum performance time 30 seconds.
  • Salute to the judges upon entering ring, then announce to the chief judge your name and the form you will be performing.
  • Once an age group is announced to perform, the cut off time for competitors at that age group to enter the competition is 5 minutes.
  • All Taewondo Poomsae are scored based on good stance, balance, power, coordination, and structure.

Taekwondo Styles

  • Competitors are grouped by Freestyle and Traditional Style

Judging Criteria

  • Proper sequence of movement and correct accuracy of the techniques
  • Following the proper course of direction and showing smoothness in the kicking techniques
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the meaning of each movement
  • Overall performance and illustrating the essential characteristics of the chosen Poomsae
  • Power and fighting spirit in the performance of basic techniques
  • Proper use of stances and postures, and the ability to focus the mind


  • Beginner Under Belts: 6 – 7.5 points
  • Intermediate Under Belts: 7 – 8.5 points
  • Advanced Under Belts: 8.5 – 10 points


Taekwondo poomsae performed at the US Open Martial Arts Championship