List of Important Taekwondo Words, Terms and Commands

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List of Important Taekwondo Words, Terms and Commands

Here are many of the basic Korean words, terms and commands used in Taekwondo. Many Taekwondo schools in the USA and around the world are run by Korean instructors thus you will have to learn some basic Korean during your training (i.e. Korean Numbers, Korean names of kicks, etc.). This page will help you to properly pronounce basic Taekwondo words and terms. For the Korean names of specific Taekwondo techniques (i.e. Front Kick - Ap Chagi or Back Stance - Dwi Kubi Seogi), please also visit the sections focused on Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo punches, Taekwondo blocks, etc.

For other martial arts words & commands, please visit the main Martial Arts Terminology section.

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Taekwondo Words & Commands - English to Korean

  • Arc Hand - Ageumson
  • Arm - Pal
  • Attention - Charyut (sounds like Chari-yut)
  • Begin - Sijak
  • Belt - Ti
  • Block - Makgi (sounds like Mah-key)
  • Bow - Kyungnet
  • Breaking - Kyukpa
  • Continue - Kaesok
  • Dodge or Evade - Pihagi
  • Elbow - Palgup
  • Fist - Joomock
  • Foot - Baal
  • Foot (Ball of Foot) - Apchuk
  • Foot Blade - Balnal
  • Foot Instep - Baldeung
  • Forms - Poomse or Poomsae (sounds like Poom-say)
  • Grab - Japgi
  • Hand - Son
  • Head - Mori
  • Instructor - Sabomnim (sounds like Sah-bum-nim)
  • Jump - Ttwigi
  • Kick - Chagi (sounds like Cha-gee)
  • Knee - Mureup
  • Leg - Dari
  • Neck - Mok (or Mog)
  • Punch - Jireugi
  • Push - Milgi
  • Ready - Joon Bi
  • Referee - Joo Sim
  • Return (i.e. turn & face instructor at the end of a form) - Baro (sounds like Baa-row)
  • School (Taekwondo) - Dojang
  • Self-Defense - Hosinsool
  • Shin - Jeonggangi
  • Sparring - Kyorugi
  • Stance - Sogi or Seogi (sounds like Say-oh-gee)
  • Stop - Kalyeo
  • Strike - Chigi (sounds like Chee-gee)
  • Thank you - Kamsa Hamnae Da (sounds like Kamsa-ham-ni-da)
  • Thrust - Jjireugi
  • Uniform - Dobok
  • Yell - Kihap (sounds like Kee-yah-p) - word to use when you are kicking or punching for power

Korean Names for Taekwondo Kicks


  1., Taekwondo Words & Commands,, Added - 4/26/13
  2. Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, Taekwondo Techniques,, Added - 06/10/14

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