What does Chonji mean?

Chonji literally means the sky and the earth or the world. Chon means ‘sky’ or ‘heaven’ and ji means ‘earth’.

The hangeul for Chonji is 천지.

Chonji represents the entirety of all there is – the sky and the earth – the universe. It also represents the beginning of the world or the beginning of human society, which is why it is the first form in Changheon-yu Taekwondoit represents the beginning of one’s training.

chon is often translated as ‘heaven’. However the concept of ‘heaven’ in Korea and China is not the same how the concept is widely understood in western society, which is dominated by ideas from Christianity. When thinking about chon in Taekwondo, try to think about it in a more abstract sense, as in ‘the celestial sphere’ or ‘the cosmos’.

Related questions

Want to learn more?

If you'd like to learn more about the forms / patterns in Taekwondo, consider buying this book: Taekwondo Forms. It lists the movements and gives the floor diagrams and interpretations for 71 forms from four different styles of Taekwondo - it's the ultimate reference book for anyone studying forms in detail.

Recommended Books

← Back to Taekwondo FAQs