Language of Tae Kwon Do

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

Pronunciation rules printed with permission from the book Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics, by Yeon Hwan Park and Tom Seabourne

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