This is something that I realised watching some of the top contenders in Poomsae Competition in Korea. Their Poomsae seemed so "pure" and spot on; on each technique, it was just breathtaking. Then we saw a few foreign students perform their Poomsae and it hit me. They too had power, and speed (they did their Poomsae way faster than their Korean counterparts), and they too were flexible like ballarinas and kicked almost straight up. They too had a seemingly good flow, but it was something that set the Korean performers apart from the foreign ones: The Korean did EXCACTLY what was needed for each technique and nothing more!
The foreign students did a great Poomsae performance but they had theese tiny extra motions that they did throughtout the performance. For instance when one of them kicked his arms was flapping around, another one took a mini extra step with his front foot each time he kicked with his back leg, another one would not withdraw his pulling hand straight toward his hip, but rather do a semi circular motion so he could pound his hip bone with a hammerfist making some extra noise in the proccess, etc. The Koreans on the other hand did excactly each motion, completed it and then continued doing excactly what was needed for the next motion. The extra motions in the foreigners performance were really tiny, but all of them put together was a lot and easy to see.
- Anything that looks out of place.
- The Placement of your arms during the excecution of each technique.
- How the head moves throughout the Poomsae.
- The height of your head throughout the Poomsae (it should be at the same level throughout, unless the Poomsae contains short walking stance wich is performed with straight legs. All other stances have the same head height be it long walking stance or horse stance.)
- Any extra steps taken before kicking or during the performance.
- Are you turning on the balls of your feet or on your heel?
- Are your hands opening when not in use?
And with that in mind: Good luck on your Competitions:-)