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Kata Reference Guide

Taegot 1 and 2
Taegot 3

General Terms

1. attention
2. bow
3. ready
4. begin
5. at ease
6. end
7. return
8. studio
9. yell
10. turn
11. block
12. kick
13. high
14. low
15. middle
16. form
17. sparring
18. back
19. front
20. side
21. to the inside
22. to the outside
23. uniform
24. attack 
1. charyut
2. kyung nae
3. jun-bi
4. shijak
5. sho
6. goman
7. pa ro
8. dojang (dojo)
9. kiap (kiai)
10. do ra 
11. maki 
12. chagi 
13. sangdan 
14. hadan 
15. chungdan 
16. hyung (kata)
17. dae ryun (kumite)
18. di (dido)
19. ap (apuro)
20. yup (yupuro)
21. ahnuro
22. pakuro
23. tobok (gi)
24. jirugi


1. fist
2. back fist
3. ridge hand
4. fore fist (punch)
5. knife hand
6. both hands 
1. kwon
2. ee kwon or kap kwon
3. yuk sudo
4. chung kwon
5. sudo
6. ssang soo 


1. front snap kick
2. side snap kick
3. round kick
4. back kick
5. inside-out moon kick
6. outside-in moon kick
7. front stretch
8. side stretch
9. spin kick
10. jump front kick 
1. ap chagi
2. yup chagi
3. tolyu chagi 
4. dido chagi
5. pakuro chagi
6. ahnuro chagi
7. apuro oll ree gi
8. yupuro oll ree gi
9. di tolyu chagi
10. idan ap chagi 


1. ready stance
2. horse back stance
3. forward stance
4. back balance stance
5. cross leg stance 
1. jun-bi jaseh
2. kima jaseh
3. chong gul jaseh
4. fugul jaseh
5. kyocha rip jaseh 


1. one
2. two
3. three
4. four
5. five
6. six
7. seven
8. eight
9. nine
10. ten 
1. hana
2. dul
3. set
4. net
5. tasut
6. yasut
7. ilgop
8. yudul
9. ahop
10. yul 


1. Way of the Chinese Hand
2. Way of the Empty Hand
3. The Gentle Art 
1. Tang Soo Do
2. Karate Do
3. Jujitsu 

Pronunciation Guide

     1.  a      as in father     2.  e      as in set     3.  i       as in seem     4.  o      as in show     5.  u      as in use     6.  ae    as in rat 


Tying Your Belt

tying your belt

Tie belt as square knot, right over left, then left over right. When tied properly, the ends of the belt should hang approximately 12 inches past the knot. If your ends hang shorter or longer by a few inches, it is fine.

Fold the belt in half to find the center of the belt. Place the center of the belt at the front of your body at waist level. Wrap each end of the belt around your back and bring the ends to the front. Lay the right end over the left end and tuck the right end under the center of the belt at your waist. Pull the ends of the belt in the opposite direction (now the right end is on your left side and the left side is on the right side). Loop the left end of the belt over and under the right end of the belt, pull in opposite directions and tighten. Do not twist the belt while you are tying it. 

Trimming your belt:  

If you feel you have too much length on the ends, you can trim your belt. To trim your belt, determine how much extra length you have by tying the belt and measuring the length of each end from the knot to the end. Add the lengths and subtract 12 inches. That is the amount of length you can remove from your belt. Cut only ONE end of the belt. Remove the belt and measure from one end the amount that you are trimming. Use sharp sewing or heavy duty scissors to cut the excess belt length. Do NOT tear, use a utility knife or pocket knife. Using an inappropriate tool can cause the entire belt to unravel.

Wearing Your Uniform

Wearing the Gi

The karate uniform is called a gi (gee, hard g). Your gi should be a little too short for you. It is distracting and dangerous to wear a gi that hangs past your ankle bone and wrist because the excess length can get caught or can cause you to slip. Excess length in the gi also makes it more difficult to execute techniques properly. The pant legs should hang at least two inches above your ankle bone. The gi top sleeves should rest two inches before your wrist. The gi is often 100% cotton. If it is too long, you can shrink it by washing in hot water and drying with hot air. If your gi is significantly too long, consider hemming the pants and sleeves. If you want to keep the length for growing room, adjust the hem accordingly.


The pants should have one or two drawstring loops. Wear the pants with the loops in the front. Pull the drawstring from the right and left sides to tighten, feed through the loops and tie in the front. Make sure the pants are securely tightened.


The gi top has ties at the hip (right and left) on the inside and on the lower edges of the right and left lapels. Tie the right lapel to the left hip tie. Then tie the left lapel to the right hip tie. The left lapel of the gi top is over the right lapel.


TKA patch: Attach the TKA patch onto left lapel of the Gi top. This patch should be purchased and attached prior to your first promotional exam.

US flag patch: Attach the US flag on the left sleeve cap just below the seam. This patch should be purchased and attached prior to your first national level tournament competition. Participation in at least one tournament and event is required at this level of competition to achieve the brown belt.

Korean flag patch: Attach the Korean flag on the right sleeve cap just below the seam (red over blue). This patch should be purchased and attached prior to your first national level tournament competition. Participation in at least one tournament event is required at this level of competition to achieve the brown belt.

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