Revolution Training and Martial Arts    

Taekwondo Vocabulary

Every sport has it's own terms and vocabulary. Martial arts are no exception to the rule. Since our traditional basis is taekwondo we wanted to define some terms for you here that may help along your journey. We've also included some terms that may be associated with just our school. Other schools may have the same terms, but they might mean something different. So, if you're one of our members these are terms that we use here at Revolution Martial Arts. If you are an honored guest on our site, please know that this is not a full lexicon of terms and that a few of them pertain to our particular dojang only, so be sure to ask your instructor for a list of terms too. Have fun learning something new!

(pronounced like the English word chariot)

Kyung nae (pronounced Key young nay)

(pronounced Shee-oh)

Si-jahk (pronounced Shee-jack)

(pronounced Bah-row)

Pilsung (pronounced Pill-sung)

means Come to Attention.  Usually used at the beginning of class, before bowing to a partner or in or out of class, before performing a form, or when a student needs to come to attention to listen to or speak with an instructor.

means Bow.  Pretty plain and simple. Hands should be at your sides, feet together, looking the other person in the eye bowing at the waist only, not the back or the knees.

means Relax.  This is often used right after bowing out to a sparring partner, after a form is complete, or occasionally when students are lined up or gathered around the instructor to let them know it's okay to not be standing at attention. 

Si-jahk means Begin. Start sparring, start your form, start your drill, whatever you are about to do and ready to do, start now.

Bahro means stop. Stop your form, stop sparring, stop practicing and is often followed by the word shi-uh.

Pilsung means victory. We generally say this when bowing to new black belts as an encouragement and praise that they have met their goal and have had a personal victory.
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