Learn how to do Taekwondo with free video lessons from Howcast. In this guide, we’ll help you learn essential Taekwondo moves and techniques. Let’s go!
When learning taekwondo, it’s important to have a good understanding of a closed stance vs. an open stance. This is because your stance impacts every other aspect of your taekwondo techniques. Stance is also what helps you prepare for any opponent you could possibly face.
Now, stance tends to matter most when it comes to a person’s preferred side (i.e. whether they’re a righty or a leftie). For example, if you’re a left-legged fighter, you may find it advantageous to fight using an open stance.
The stance you take during a fight depends on a number of factors. For more information on what to think about and what to look for, watch Howcast’s video at the beginning of this section. Expert Jason Ok explains the basics in more detail.
Now that you understand what a good taekwondo stance looks like, it’s time to learn one of the most popular taekwondo moves: the front kick.
Here are the basics:
Once you feel comfortable with the basic movements, you can try practicing with a target. To see how the front kick should look, watch Jason Ok in Howcast’s tutorial video.
The roundhouse kick is a powerful move in taekwondo, and once you’ve mastered the front kick, it’s really simple.
Here’s a breakdown:
Like with the front kick, it’s a good idea to practice this taekwondo move with a target or partner. To see how a pro does it, watch Jason Ok in Howcast’s video at the top of this section.
The side kick is almost like a continuation of the roundhouse kick. There are two main taekwondo techniques for the side kick: the regular side kick and the skipping (or hop-step) side kick.
Here’s how to do the regular side kick:
And the skipping side kick:
If this sounds like a lot of steps, don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it with enough practice! To get a nice visual of how these two side kicks should look, watch Howcast’s video at the beginning of this section.
Combination drills are where you can put everything together. While, at first, it’s a good idea to focus on each individual move until you’ve mastered it, you’ll eventually need to start practicing combinations. In a sparring match, it’s likely that your first kick won’t work out in your favor. Throwing in a couple extra taekwondo moves increases your efficacy.
Here are some examples of combination drills you could use:
There are endless possibilities in terms of how you can combine the moves you’ve learned—and will learn—in a sparring match. For more insight and inspiration on this topic, watch Howcast’s tutorial video at the beginning of this section. And keep expanding your taekwondo knowledge to create stronger combinations!
As you continue to learn taekwondo and practice the techniques we’ve outlined in this article, you’ll constantly be improving your skills. As long as you keep with it, you’ll be sparring like a pro before you know it.
To learn even more taekwondo moves, explore the rest of the videos in this series below! Jason Ok provides tons of insight and useful tips—all in bite-size chunks for beginner and advanced fighters alike.
Jisung "Jason" Ok is the head instructor at Black Belt TaeKwonDo and MMA Center in Flushing, New York,