Do TaeKwon-Do

Sitting Stance / Annun Sogi

This is a very stable stance for lateral movement. It is also widely used for punching exercise and muscle development of the legs. One of the advantages of this stance is to shift into Walking Stance without relocating the foot.

  • Spread one leg to the side at a a distance of approximately one and a half shoulder width between the big toes.
  • Point the toes to the front and distribute the weight evenly on both legs.
  • Extend the knees outward, bending until the knee caps come over the ball of the foot.
  • Infuse the strength into the inner thighs and tense inward by scraping the ground or floor with the side soles.
  • Push both the chest and the abdomen out and pull the hips back tensing the abdomen.

If the stance is double the width of the shoulders, the stance will be weakened and speedy movement hampered.

It is either full facing or side facing, both in attack and defence.

Reproduced from Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi

Feet Positions

Feet positions diagram

Top Tips

New students find the Sitting Stance to be tiring on the legs.

As a result of this, there are a number of common mistakes when making a Sitting Stance. These are:

  • Legs are straight - students straighten their legs to reduce the strain on the leg muscles. This is counterproductive as the stance is meant to help strengthen the legs. Students need to practive being able to adopt a correct Sitting Stance for increasing lengths of time as their leg strength improves.
  • Feet are too close together - this again reduces the strain on the leg muscles and makes the stance look more like a Parallel Stance.

Front View

Sitting Stance Front View

Side View

Sitting Stance Side View

Incorrect - Too Wide

Sitting Stance Incorrect - Too Wide

Stance is too wide hampering movement.

Incorrect - Abdomen

Sitting Stance Incorrect - Abdomen

The abdomen is thrown out too far.

Incorrect - Feet

Sitting Stance Incorrect - Feet

Toes are pointed outward.

Incorrect - Knees

Sitting Stance Incorrect - Knees

The knees are bent inward.