|Application from Taegeuk Yuk (6) Jang.|
Notice how the "pulling hand" is used
to hinder the oponents defense.
We defined poomsae training earlier as training for perfomance of poomsae (at least that is how it is usally practised). This training is actually not much different to dance or gymnastics training. Yes we use combative motion, and we could enhance the training with picturing your oponent and his/hers attacks on you, while you defend and attack yourself, but lack of an opponent steals a lot of the combative benifits away from Poomsae. Many students do not even know basic application for many of the motions and that makes the training even closer to "dance training". You can not learn how to fight/spar/defend your self without a partner. If you practise alone you can practise techniques and attributes that can HELP you in these areas, but relying on Poomsae training alone to make a sparring champion is just not realistic.
The removal of the oponent in itself makes Poomsae training less combative relevant training, but there is also one other reason for poomsae training not being relevant for sparring (and especially olympic sparring) and that is the poomsae movements themselves. They consist of combative motions but the tactics and strategy they represent is so different from sparring that they are almost without relevance.