Why Consider the Unified TKD Curriculum?
Read about UTI's Offical Forms, including the ninth and final form "Omega," in the brochure for Grand Master Kopperud's May 3rd, 2008, 9th Dan. Promotion
Since it's establishment in 1989, UTI's mandate has been to unify the "world" and "international" styles of TaeKwon-Do in the natural evolution of the art. Our goal is not to unify the WTF and the ITF politically, rather, it is to develop a style of TaeKwon-Do which incorporates the best from each of the two styles in a unified and superior method of training and education.
UTI began the "unification" process by introducing a "step-sparring" curriculum which incorporated movements and combinations from both the "world" and "international" styles of TaeKwon-Do. These "step-sparring" combinations are a critical part or rank advancement and are suitable for use with either the WTF or ITF sets of forms.
We then established a superb rank-based "self-defense" curriculum, which incorporates techniques from other, grappling and self-defense arts, and which continues to evolve as we learn more and more about the body and how it works.
Thirdly, UTI developed a unique set of rank-based "four-direction-kick" drills, exclusive to the UTI, intended for use throughout the color-belt curriculum.
The final phase of UTI's curriculum evolution, is the development and implementation of our own set of "forms", superior in design to previous forms, and suitable for use in "unified", "world" or "international" style schools.
Unified forms utilize movements from both the international and world styles of TaeKwon-Do in conjunction with its own unique and more effective methods of training.
For example, the first form ALPHA ( the Greek word which means "beginning" ) consists of 24 movements, representing the 24 hours of the day, indicating TaeKwon-Do training is continuous, never-ending. This form incorporates movements from both the ITF International's Chun-Ji and the WTF World's Taguek #1, as well as the movements from UTI's own one-step sparring combinations and 4-direction-kick drills at the beginner, white-belt level.
STORM, UTI's 6th Official Form, incorporates all new movements from the ITF's Gwang-Gae, Po-Eun and Ga-Baek as well as the WTF's Keumgang form. The 94 movements of STORM include a 100% symmetrical display of 1st Dan Black-Belt TaeKwon-Do training.
There are many other reasons why both the ITF and WTF forms
are inadequate, outdated, unsuitable, and why UTI "must" complete
it's curriculum by offering this final gift to the TaeKwon-Do
All Unified TaeKwon-Do forms:
- are completely symmetrical: This makes them easier to learn and provides balanced physical training for the student.
- begin and end on exactly the same spot: UTI uses the natural directions of North, South, East and West in conjunction with a T-line (west & east) and a "center" C-line (north & south). The intersection of these lines mark the spot where each form begins and ends.
- begin in a different position than any other form: This makes each form easier to learn and easier to recognize.
- ends in a different movement than any other form: No two forms begin or end in the same way.
- have a unique and universal meaning: The "meanings" of UTI's Official Forms are unique and universal, appropriate and suitable for use within all settings, schools and cultures.
- incorporate all new movements from both the ITF & WTF forms from the same level
- include a natural progression of kicking techniques
- are designed to be viewed from the front (north) position: This makes the forms easier to teach, easier to recognize, and much more suitable for use in examinations and competitions
- take less space than many other forms: This makes UTI forms more suitable for instruction in group sessions
- designed for use at particular rank levels: UTI color-belt forms are designed for use through two "gup" rank levels. For example; "Alpha" is practiced by the 10th and 9th gup, "Sun" is practiced by the 8th and 7th gup, etc. UTI has developed one black-belt form for each "dan" level up to "Omega" which is practiced by the 4th Dan Black-Belt. UTI does not have a handful of "high-level" forms which very few would practice or even learn.
UTI's unique and comprehensive forms are designed to be used in addition to either or both of the ITF and WTF forms, or as a replacement for those and all other forms. UTI's forms can easily "stand on their own" but can also be used in conjunction with curriculums already in place.
Instructors who are dedicated to the development of TaeKwon-Do and the quality of the program they offer are quick to include UTI's forms in their school and/organization.
When practitioners and instructors of TaeKwon-Do realize and experience
the all-inclusive thoroughness and quality of the UTI forms, they do
not hesitate to use them exclusively.