Stances

The quality of any strike or defence will largely depend upon the accuracy and stability of the stance. Since a correct position is the starting point of every TaeKwon-Do movement, it should be performed according to the following principles.

  • Charyot Sogi - Attention Stance
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    This is an attention stance used throughout training. It is adopted from the military attention stance position.

    >  Feet form a 45 degree angle
    >  Drop arms down the side of the legs naturally
    >  Fists are clenched lightly
    >  Eyes face front

  • Narani Sogi - Parallel Stance
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    The distance between the outside of the feet is approximately one shoulder width.
    >  Feet point to the front
    >  Toes are pointing to the front
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent

  • Annun Sogi - Sitting Stance
    annun_sogiThe distance between the inside and outside of the feet is approximately 1 and 1/2 shoulder widths.

    >  Toes pointing forward
    >  Bend knees so they are over toes
    >  Keep back straight and tense abdomen
    >  Body weight is equally spread
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent

  • Gunnun Sogi - Walking Stance
    gunnun_sogiThe distance between the inside and outside of the feet is approximately 1 shoulder widths and the length is 1 and 1/2 shoulder widths long.

    Front foot toes point forward with the knee bent to above the heel
    >  Rear foot toes turn out approximately 25 degrees with leg extended fully straight
    >  Body weight is equally spread
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent

  • Niunja Sogi - L-Stance
    ninja_sogiThis is an ideal defensive stance due to the weight distribution. The front foot is ready to attack and the body is easily moved either backwards or forwards.

    >  The distance from the toe of the front foot to the rear of the back foot is approximately 1 and 1/2 shoulder widths
    >  Bend the rear leg so the heel, knee and hip are in line
    >  Body weight is spread 70% rear leg and 30% front leg
    >  Both feet point 15 degrees inwards

  • Moa Sogi - Close Stance
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    Stand upright with both feet together
    >  Ensure toes are together

  • Gojung Sogi - Fixed Stance
    gojung_sogiAn effect stance for attack and defence to the side. This stance is similar to the L-stance except for the following.

    >  Body weight is equally spread
    >  The distance from the toe of the front foot to the inside of the back foot is approximately 1 and 1/2 shoulder widths
    >  Both feet point 15 degrees inwards
    >  The stance is always half facing

  • Guburyo Sogi - Bending Stance
    guburyo_sogiThis serves as a preparatory stance for a leg attack or leg defence.

    >  Lift one knee to the waist, pointing in the direction you are facing
    >  Keep the foot sword parallel eith the floor and in towards the knee of the opposite leg
    >  Bend the opposite knee slightly to maintain the balance
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent

     

  • Kyocha Sogi - X-Stance
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    >  Cross one foot over the other, touching the ground slightly with the front sole
    >  Place weight on the standing foot
    >  Right X-stance – weight on right leg
    >  Left X-stance – weight on left leg
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent

  • Dwitbal Sofi - Rear Foot Stance
    dwitbal_sogiThis is similar to the L-stance.

  • Soojik Sogi - Vertical Stance
    soojik_sogiThe distance between the toes of the front foot and the inside of the rear foot inside is approximately 1 shoulder width.

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      Both legs are straight
    >  Body weight is spread 60% rear leg and 40% front leg
    >  Leading leg (rear) feet points 15 degrees inwards
    >  Right Vertical stance – weight on right leg
    >  Left Vertical stance – weight on left leg

  • Nachuo Sogi - Low Stance
    nachuo_sogiThis stance is used to extend the reach of a blocking or attacking tool and os similar to a walking stance.

    >  The distance is one foot length longer than a walking stance
    >  The stance may be full facing or side facing the opponent