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About Taekwondo Stance ( 서기 sogi )

When you reach senior belt you are expected to guide the junior belts when they are beginning Taekwondo such as showing by example. To advance from one rank to the next, students typically complete promotion tests in which they demonstrate their proficiency in the various aspects of the art before a panel of judges or their teacher.

Back Stance

Back Stance

( 뒷굽이 dwi kubi )

Difficulty Level:  Intermediate      Technique: Stance ( 서기 sogi )

This stance is specifically focused on shifting weight to the back leg, as it offers much more control, and makes it easier to kick off the front leg. To perform this stance, the body faces to the side, with the front foot facing forward and the front leg bent. The back leg is bent slightly and the foot is turned outwards perpendicular to the front foot making the letter "L" for this stance. When learning this stance, it is helpful to use a mirror. Align your feet as stated above - some styles require that your body is turned so only your front shoulder is visible through the mirror. Since there is almost no weight on the front leg, it can be swept without affecting the practitioner's overall balance. The weight distribution of this stance is 30% front and 70% at the back. This stance should be 3 foot-length from origin. Align the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle of back leg into a straight line. In International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), this stance is called a "L Stance". Also in ITF Style, there is a variant of this stance called Gojung Sogi or Fixed Stance which is One foot length longer, the weight distribution is 50-50. So when performing this stance one should just be able to see the toes of one's back foot over the knee.

  • Oja-sogi / ‘ㅗ’자 서기 / ‘ㅗ’ Shape Stance (body shifted to center)


    This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Taekwondo Stances", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.






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