In Korean, Tae kwon-do stances are known as Seogi or Sogi. Students will use many of these stances during Tae kwon-do forms & patterns, Tae kwon-do sparring, self-defence, training exercises and have been designed to strengthen and stretch the body.


Be aware that Tae kwon-do stances can vary between the two major Tae kwon-do federations (ITF and WTF). ITF stances tend to be longer and wider than WTF stances.


For stance diagrams click on name.

Attention stance

Bending ready stance A & B

Close stance

Close ready stance A, B, C, D

Fixed stance

Low stance


L-ready stance

Parallel stance

Parallel ready stance

Rear foot stance

Sitting stance

Sitting ready stance

Vertical stance

Walking stance

Walking ready stance


Warrior ready stance A & B

Parallel stance heaven hand

Parallel stance twin side elbow

Parallel stance X-back hand

Parallel stance overlapping back hand

One leg stance

Outer open stance

Outer open ready stance

Inner open stance

Inner open ready stance

Crouched stance

Diagonal stance


Charyot sogi

Guburyo junbi sogi A & B

Moa sogi

Moa junbi sogi A, B, C, D

Gojung sogi

Nachuo sogi

Niunja sogi

Niunja junbi sogi

Narani sogi

Narani junbi sogi

Dwit bal sogi

Annun sogi

Annun junbi sogi

Soojik sogi

Gunnun sogi

Gunnun junbi sogi

Kyocha sogi

Moosa junbi sogi A & B

Narani so hanulson

Narani so sang yop palkup

Narani so kyocha sondung

Narani so pogaen sondung

Wae bal sogi

Bakat palja sogi

Bakat palja junbi sogi

An palja sogi

An palja junbi sogi

Oguryo sogi

Sasun sogi

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