Stances

Stances are an important part of all martial arts and this is especially the case with Taekwondo. They are an excellent training tool and help
teach the student the importance of balance and coordination. The Korean used for stance is Sogi.
Below are the main stances in Taekwondo:

Walking Stance (Gunnun Sogi)

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The walking stance is one of the first stances learned by the beginner and is used for techniques involving moving forward and backward.
The walking stance is two shoulder widths long and one shoulder width wide. The ideal weight distribution is 50:50. The rear leg is straight with the foot pointing forward but angled ever so slightly outwards. The front leg is bent at the knee around 60 degrees with the foot pointing directly forwards. Thebody is kept upright over the hips.

 

L Stance (Niunja Sogi)

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The L Stance is one and a half shoulder widths long with a 60:40 or 70:30 weight distribution in favour of the rear leg (i.e. the majority of the weight in this stance is directed at the rear leg but the body remains upright and central in the stance.) The front leg is slightly bent with the foot pointing directly
forwards. The rear leg is bent at the knee with the rear foot pointing at a 90 degree angle towards the side. If a line was drawn from the front foot to the rear foot both heels should be connected.
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