Instructions for the ITF Taekwondo L-Stance or Niumja Sogi

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Instructions for the ITF Taekwondo L-Stance or Niumja Sogi

This page provides details for the ITF Taekwondo L-Stance. In Korean, this Taekwondo stance is known as Niumja Sogi. Stances are be used in ITF Taekwondo patterns, training exercises, sparring, etc.

For more ITF stances (i.e. walking stance), please visit the main Taekwondo stances section.

Written Instructions for the ITF Taekwondo L-Stance

  • One foot in front of the other foot.
  • Length of this stance is one and a half shoulder widths.
  • There is almost no "width" to this stance because a student's heels should be almost in line. The rear heel should only by 2.5 cm to the side of the heel of the front foot when moving towards the target.
  • Feet should form a L shape (with one foot facing forward and one facing to the side).
  • According to the ITF Switzerland Taekwon-Do Federation, a student should bend "the rear leg until the knee cap forms a vertical line with toes, bending the front leg proportionally".
  • Body weight is split 70% on rear leg and 30% on front leg.

References

  1. Wales TKD, ITF Stances, http://www.walestkd.co.uk/stances-sogi/, Added - 05/22/14
  2. ITF Switzerland Taekwon-Do Federation, http://www.taekwondo-itf.ch/, Added - 05/23/14


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