Junbi-jase (준비자세) Ready Posture


Gibon-junbi (기본준비) Basic Posture 

A basic posture adopted before starting most poomsae. This is a ready posture starting in a state of moa-seogi for the feet by moving the left foot one step to the side. Draw the open hands up to the level of the solar plexus and, as one breathes out, slowly transfer both fists to the level of danjeon.


Bojumeok-junbi (보주먹준비) Covered Fist Posture

A ready posture of wrapping the right fist with the left hand and lifting them up to the front of the body. In moa-seogi (Closed Stance), the right hand is clenched into a fist while the left hand is open wide to cover the right hand gently. The two hands should be lifted up from danjeon (the lower abdomen) to the philtrum or chest.

  Postures for physical relaxation, breath control and       mental focus before executing Taekwondo techniques.


Dujumeok-heori-junbi (두주먹허리준비) Two-fist-on-the-waist Posture

A ready posture with both fists at the side of the waistline. This is a ready posture with hammer fists placed on the waist. Starting in the form of moa-seogi for the feet, the back knuckles should face down and the elbows completely pulled back so that they cannot be seen from the frontal view.


Tongmilgi-junbi (통밀기준비) Log Pushing Posture 

A ready posture appearing to push a log with the two palms. In narani-seogi (Parallel Stance), both hand blades are lifted from danjeon all the way to the face. Then, the two hands are pushed forward slowly as if one pushes a log away.

There are six fundamental, standardized postures in poomsae (patterns) whereas individuals may freely adopt postures in georugi (sparring) in accordance with their physical conditions and characteristics. 


Gyeopson-junbi (겹손준비) Overlapped-hand Posture

A ready posture with both hands overlapped in front of dangeon
This is a ready posture in the form of moa-seogi for the feet. Both hands are overlapped across each other with the left hand on top of the right. The overlapped hands should be slightly apart from the dangeon area.


Gyeorugi-junbi (겨루기준비) Sparring Posture [=겨룸새: gyeorumsae

A posture freely taken by two opponents before sparring starts
Standing sideways, one clenches both fists with the front arm bent about 90° and a hand lifted up to the level of the shoulder. The other arm is placed in front of the solar plexus, one fist width away. This posture is supposed to make offensive and defensive 

                                                                               *Photographs and description courtesy of Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)