All Martial Arts are made up of fundamental moves that at one point converge into a series of choreographed patterns called forms. In Korean the word form is spelled Pumsae and pronounced (poomse, poomsae). One of the most important aspects of Taekwon Do training is learning how to perform, and perfect techniques through the practice of Pumsae.
Hypnotic Media, a boutique creative lab located in Atlanta, GA. identified an opportunity to create a brand, dedicated to producing Supplemental Taekwon Do Training focusing specifically on keeping children and young adults engaged. At Hypnotic Media we firmly believe Taekwon Do, like all other Martial Arts, requires the supervision of a Master or Grand Master to achieve optimal mental, as well as physical awareness, ability, and safety. The mission of the Pumsae brand is to keep kids interested and excited about Taekwon Do, and all it has to offer.
Our flag ship product called Pumsae Player, is an app that works as a digital Pumsae (poomse) jukebox, for smart phones and tablets. Anyone can download the app from the Apple app store and practice Taekwon Do forms at their leisure. All the Pumsae / Poomsae / Poomse Taekwondo Forms in the Pumsae Player app are performed in accordance with standards set by the world taekwondo federation.
The app is made up of three sections or modules that allow customization of the player for better and more efficient training. The progress bar at the bottom of the player pauses the Pumsae, and displays current settings. The three modules are explained below in more detail:
The Pumsae Menu is the first screen you will see. Here you can choose from 16 different Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse grouped according to skill level- three White Belt Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse called Kichos, eight Color Belt Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse called Taeguks and five Black Belt Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse. You may purchase these Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse in sets.
This is where everything happens. You are now ready to practice. Within the player you may pause, rewind or fastforward by simply using the progress bar at the bottom of the player.
Oh! and the coolest part is you may rotate the camera and see the Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse from any angle.
Define how you need the Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse to fit your training needs. You can change the speed, enable the map (which outlines the pattern you must follow), or turn on the Clip and Caption function, which allows you to listen to step by step instructions on every move. Cool huh?
When you are practicing for a belt test it is important to remember every block, kick and turn. Your Master may call out a Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse by name and you are expected to remember it and execute, perfectly on the spot. Pumsae Player allows you to not only see each Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse in perfect detail from every angle, but also gives you the ability to play back in slow motion, hear a Master narrate every move, while you see its description in close caption, mirror the character so he moves in the same direction as you would, and so on... It’s like having a virtual coach in your pockets and it goes wherever you go.
Pumsae Player is high tech and high fidelity. From state of the art motion capture technology used to make box office Hollywood hits, to the Taekwon Do Masters whose contribution makes the app a highly precise experience, we’ve poured our hearts and souls into the making of this product.
The motion comes from Master Curtis Mast. Master Mast is a Kukkiwon certified 6th degree black belt (Dan) and has been studying Taekwondo for over twenty years. His background boasts a unique blend of both traditional and sport Taekwondo. He is the student of Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee (Kukkiwon 9th Dan and Moo Duk Kwan Dan Number 62), which allows him to trace his heritage directly back to the founder of Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. Moo Duk Kwan (the original Korean Martial Arts Academy) was founded in 1945 in Korea. Master Mast honors the traditions of this heritage in his classes everyday.
The voice over instructions of Pumsae Player were provided by Master Jessica Sherlock. Master Sherlock is a 4th degree Master with over 9 years of Martial Arts experience and certified personal trainer. Her love of the art, as well as instructional precision add an unlimited dimension to Pumsae Player. Master Mast and Master Sherlock are our heroes! And we don’t say that lightly. So, next time you’re in Atlanta make sure to stop by ATLANTA’S UNITED TAEKWON DO and say hello. You’ll see what we mean.
This set features three Kicho Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse traditionally used to introduce new students to the art. Though these white belt Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse may vary from Do Jang to Do Jang, we felt it was imperative to include them in the app to provide a truly complete suplemental training experience.
This set is traditionally taught from yellow belt to black belt and includes eight Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse. You may think of this set as the core of the app, as it is here that most students will focus their efforts before becoming bonafied experts.
This set has five Pumsae | Poomsae | Poomse targeting the advanced student of Taekwon Do. The app has been designed with a democratic model. Any student can purchase any set and use it to either review material or prepare for upcoming degrees.
We are committed to creating extraordinary experiences, and our passion for Taekown Do drives our desire to explore and innovate. The reason is quite simple, we think the Art builds strong characters, bodies and minds, as well as families. That’s why we would love to hear from you as we improve our user experience. Please send us your comments, feedback and suggestions on app features, UX, etc.
And thank you for your support...