While looking at the IFT form and trying to crack them, i have come up against a few obsticles. I am sure thsat many other have come across issues that are particular to these forms. i have put together a wee list i would be interested to know if people have come across the same things
1. Tick tock
most forms are done constantly in the same speed/method of movement, this is very good and individualising the movements and hiding the combinations and applications. i find it useful to take the forms and flow through the movements paying particular attention to ease of transition between techniques.
2. out of order
kind of linked on the the first point but anyway, when general choi developed the forms he broken up the kata that he had learnt and the put them back in a different order, this means that some application that are present in karate are not in TKD or may only have partial chunks in them.
3. what happens after 1st degree
up to an including 1st degree,there are 12 patterns, that is a huge amount of information to work with and most of the patterns have a strong base in karate kata, however after 1st degree the patterns get further away from the source and in my experience become less applicable. there fore the only reason to learn these forms is for grading promotions
4. sine wave
again linked ot the first point, not all techniques are suitable for the sine wave, and even the sine wave itself is not really all that useful
it seems like all movements have an open hand and closed hand variation, i am not convinced that it is all applicable, part of me thinks that some movements were changed just to be different
anyway that's were i am at the momment, if you have anything to add or change i would be very interested in reading