Understanding Terms Used in Tae Kwon Do – An Essential Part of a Student’s Training Curriculum
Ever wonder why students have to learn Korean numbers (hana, dul, set, net…)and other Korean Tae kwon do terms such as ahp-gubi (front stance), juchoom sogi (horse stance) for their training curriculum?
International Tae Kwon Do tournaments attracts competitors from all over the world. Yet, despite the language differences and nationalities, the connection that all share is the knowledge of Korean culture and terms used in training.
This communication is possible because of each student’s understanding of Korean Tae Kwon Do terms.
This section of our website provides a reference to help students with the language used in Tae Kwon Do.
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Basic rules of pronunciation for the Korean language
The letter a is prounounced with a short vowel sound, such as in fawn
When you see wa, imagine adding an h to sound like hwa
Yu sounds like you
Ya rhymes with pa
Ae is a long a, as in pay
The letter e is short, like red
The letter i is short, like in it
The letter o is long, like in so