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We aim to help beginner taekwondo students.

To get to grips with taekwondo vocabulary.

After each word we write the sounds we hear.

We hope this helps your understaning.

here's some basic taekwondo commands

Charyot (pronounced char-ee-ot). Means get into attention position.

So you need to face the front. With your feet together. And your arms by your sides in a double downward punch position.

Next Kyongrye (it sounds to us like kun-yeah). Is taekwondo vocabulary for bow.

The next command you'll often hear is Chumbi (sometimes pronounced Jumbi). This means get ready.

To do this you cup your hands. And bring them slowly upwards in front of you to chest height.

This symbolizes gathering your Chi or positive energy. Then you push your hands downwards with closed fists to belt level.

Once you're ready you'll hear Sijak (pronounced She-jack). This means start.

And Keuman (we think it sounds like Koo-maan) means stop.

Shiu means stand at ease. This is where you stand with your hands behind your back. And your feet shoulder width apart.

Ki Hup (pronounced key-up). Is the shout or yell taekwondo players make when they do their kicks and punches. It's important to Ki Hup with spirit.

Prefer to listen?

Korean Master Sang H Kim has recorded a CD of every Korean term a taekwondo player could ever wish to know.

For beginners it's probably overkill - but your instructor would be impressed!

Now the nouns- here's some useful taekwondo vocabulary for people, places and things.

Your Dojang is the place where you train. And your Dobok is your taekwondo uniform.

Dee is your taekwondo belt. And Jeja is a taekwondo student.

Your instructor is known as Sah Bon Nim. The chief instructor is Chun Sah Nim. And the school owner is Kwan Jang Nim.

It's good at the end of the class to say Kahm Sa Hamnida (pronoucned Cam-Sam-i-Da) or thank you to your instructor.

Poomse (pronounced pum-say) means taekwondo patterns. And Kyrougi means free sparring.

here's how you count in taekwondo

1- Hana.

2- Tul (sometimes Dool).

3- Set.

4- Net.

5- Dasot (pronounced Daa-so).

6- Yasot (proncounced Yaa-so).

7- Ilgop.

8- Yeodul (pronounced Yod-ole).

9- A Hop.

10- Yoel.


and here's the taekwondo vocabulary for your stances

Seogi (pronounced soggy) means stance.

Ap Seogi is Walking Stance.

Apkubi Seogi is Front Stance.

Dwitkubi Seogi is Back Stance.


Juchun Seogi is horse-riding stance.

your taekwondo kicks

Chagi (pronounced Chaggi) means Kick.

Ap Chagi is Front Kick.

Yop Chagi is Side Kick.

Dollyo Chagi is Turning Kick.

Dwi Chagi is Back Kick.

And Chiko Chagi is Axe or Chop Kick.

and your strikes

Jireugi means Punch.

Chigi means Strike.

Makki means Block.


Sonnal means Knife Hand.

We hope you find this taekwondo vocabulary useful.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed.

Our advice. Is don't be!

You don't need to learn it all at once. You'll find with time training in taekwondo.

The words will gradually sink in. And become automatic.

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