Technical Kicking (Chagi)

There are more kicks in Taekwon-Do than any other martial art making Taekwon-Do infamous for its kicking techniques, including spinning, jumping and flying kicks as well as multiple breaking skills. All of the superior kicks in Taekwon-Do, such as flying side kick and jump reverse turning turn are based on the basic techniques that you learn when you start the martial art. That is why it is vital that every technique is learned correctly when you first start practicing the martial art as the principles never change. The T-UK Syllabus shown bellow demonstrates a minimum standard for assessing students proficiency at each grade level.


Since the introduction of Taekwon-Do competitions a lot of clubs and associations practice kicking techniques which are totally sport orientated as opposed to original Taekwon-Do kicking. However, practicing the traditional kicking makes you a better technician which can only help improve your sparring. The principles of kicking such as breathing, focus, foot forming, recovering after the kick, are the same whether you are studying the traditional martial art or have decided to take the sport Taekwon-Do route

10th Gup White - Front Snap Kick (Ap Cha Busigi)

Ready Stance - Walking Stance

Attacking Tool - Ball of Foot

Target Area - Lower Abdomen & Solar Plexus

Note - Front kick double punch if advanced

9th Gup White/Yellow stripe - Side Piercing Kick (Yop Cha Jirugi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Attacking Tool - Footsword


Target Area - Abdomen, Ribs, Sternum, Head


Note; Rear foot stepping from Sitting Stance

Turn torso slightly in the opposite direction of target before kicking

8th Gup Yellow - Turning Kick (Dollyo Chagi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Attacking Tool - Ball Of Foot


Target Areas - Solar Plexus, Abdomen Sternum & Head


Note -Turn torso slightly towards target before kicking

7th Gup - Yellow/Green Stripe - Turning Kick, Reverse Turning Kick (Dollyo Chagi, Bandae Dollyo Chagi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Turning Kick


Attacking Tool - Ball of Foot


Target Area - Abdomen, Ribs, Sternum, Head


Rev Turning Kick


Attacking Tool - Heel


Target Areas - Head, Sternum & Solar Plexus


Note Rotating continuously

6th Gup Green  - Back Piercing Kick ( Dwit Cha Jirugi)

Ready Stance - L Ready Stance


Attacking Tool -Back Sole


Target Areas - Solar Plexus, Abdomen Sternum & Ribs


Note Raise knee to maximum height look over shoulder when kicking

5th Gup Green/Blue Stripe - Double Side Kick (Doo Yop Cha Jirugi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Attacking Tool - Footsword


Target Area - Abdomen, Ribs, Sternum, Head


Note - Rear foot stepping from Sitting Stance

Foot held for 2 seconds prior to delivering second kick

Turn torso slightly in the opposite direction of target before kicking

4th Gup Blue - Flying Turning Kick (Twimyo Dollyo Chagi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Attacking Tool - Ball Of Foot


Target Areas - Solar Plexus, Sternum & Head


Note - Flying turning kick followed by flying turning kick if advanced

3rd Gup Blue/Red Stripe - Flying Front Kick (Twimyo Ap Cha busigi)

Ready Stance - L Stance


Attacking Tool - Ball Of Foot


Target Areas - Solar Plexus, Sternum & Head


Note - Flying front kick followed by mid air kick if advanced

2nd & 1st Gup Red & Red/Black Stripe - Combination kicking (Yonsok Chagi)

Ready Stance - Varied


Attacking Tool - Varied


Target Areas - Varied


Note - Any combination of Front, Turning, Side, Back and Rev Turning Kicks performed in both slow & fast motion