Ship Pal Gae Forms are soft and hard. These forms develop flexibility, coordination, strength, and speed. The mind, body, and weapons must come together as one. Strong eye contact is maintained with the opponent, and movements are usually offensive. The hands and feet are used in all different directions, with both angles and circles. The proper steps of Ship Pal Gae practice at an intermediate level:
- Weapon and body combine as one.
- Breathing and movement harmonize together.
- Practice speed is a combination of fast and slow body movements.
- Body movements and breathing control must be coordinated together.
- The weapon’s direction and proper body position must be coordinated together as one.
If the weapon moves one direction and the body another, injury will result. Hard and soft movement of the weapon and the body must be properly timed. With proper practice, accuracy of the weapon strike will develop. At the intermediate level of practice, the choice of weapons must be properly matched to the individual’s body. For example, it is improper for someone with a small body to practice with a Chung Yun Doe or Chong Bong. The correct choice of weapon would usually be the Doe or Kom because it is easier for a smaller person to handle. Someone can still practice with these weapons to understand the correct movements; however, it would be improper to specialize in these weapons. When a practitioner achieves harmony with the weapon (the practitioner and the weapon become one), tremendous benefits will be derived to both the mind and body.