Korean Names for Taekwondo Kicks
In Taekwondo, your instructor will ask you to perform a specific kick but he might use the Korean name for that kick. For example, he might ask you to demonstrate a “Dwi Chagi” (which means Back Kick). Therefore, you had better learn the Korean names for the basic kicks used in Taekwondo. Listed below are the Korean names for a variety of Taekwondo kicks (such as front kick, back kick and spinning hook kick). We have also include a video so you can listen to the proper Korean pronunciation of these various Taekwondo kicks.
For additional Korean words such as numbers, commands and various other Taekwondo terms, please visit our main Taekwondo Words, Commands & Terms page.
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Korean Names for Various Taekwondo Kicks
- Axe Kick – Naeryeo Chagi
- Back Kick – Dwi Chagi (“D-we Cha-gee”)
- Crescent Kick – Bandal Chagi
- Flying Back Kick – Twi-myo Dwi Chagi
- Flying Side Kick – Twi-myo Yeop Chagi
- Front Kick – Ap Chagi (“Ap Cha-gee”)
- Hook Kick – Huryeo Chagi
- Jumping Front Kick – Eedan Ap Chagi
- Kick – Chagi (“Cha-gee”) – Generic term for kick
- Knee Strike – Moreup Chigi… FYI – This term uses the word chigi (which means strike) and not chagi (which means kick).
- Push Kick – Meereo Chagi
- Roundhouse Kick – Dollyo Chagi (“Dole-ya Cha-gee”)
- Scissor Kick – Kawi Chagi
- Side Kick – Yeop Chagi (“Yup Cha-gee”)
- Spinning Hook Kick – Dwi Huryeo Chagi
- For information on other kicks (i.e. Muay Thai or Karate kicks), please visit Black Belt Wiki’s Martial Arts Kicks section.
Here is the Korean pronunciation of a number of Taekwondo kicks.