Taekwondo Theory for Green Belt

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Korean Terminology


English Korean
closed stance mo-a sogi
vertical stance soojik sogi
bending stance koobooryo sogi

Anatomy and Striking Surfaces

English Korean
lower half of the body habanshin
upper half of the body sangbanshin
back, rear dwit, dwi
back sole dwi-koomchi
back heel dwi-chook


English Korean
circular block dollimyo makki
hooking block kolchyo makki
waist block hori makki
pushing block miro makki
palm pushing block sonbadak miro makki
upright punch, vertical punch sewo jirugi
side punch yop jirugi
back-knife-hand strike, reverse knife-hand strike sonkal-dung taerigi
reverse side kick bandae yop chagi
reverse turning kick bandae dollyo chagi

Use Memrise to learn Korean


If you find memorising vocabulary difficult (as many people do), there are a number of apps available online that make it easier - a good one is Memrise. Here is a course on Memrise that will take you through Korean terminology for Taekwondo: www.memrise.com/course/114713/korean-in-taekwondo/ (some of the spellings are different to what's on this page).

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Changheon-yu Taekwondo: Foundation Syllabus

Changheon-yu Taekwondo: Foundation Syllabus is a short handbook for colour belt students in Changheon-yu Taekwondo (ITF Taekwondo). It contains movement descriptions, floor diagrams, and relevant Korean terminology for all of the colour belt patterns.

How is Korean text romanised on this page?

The romanised Korean on this page may look different to how you have seen it elsewhere. It may also be different to how it is romanised on other parts of this website. Find out more about this here.