Taekwondo – Cross Stance

Taekwondo Cross Stance (or Kkoa Seogi)

This page provides details on the Taekwondo Cross Stance or Twist Stance. In Korean, this Taekwondo stance is known as Kkoa Seogi. The front cross stance is known as Ap Kkoa Seogi and the rear cross stance is known as Dwi Kkoa Seogi.

This stance is often used in Taekwondo forms. The cross or twist stance is first introduced in WTF Taekwondo form #5 or Taegeuk Oh Jang.

For information on other stances (i.e. back stance or tiger stance), please visit the main Taekwondo Stances section.

Details regarding the Taekwondo Cross Stance

According to the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, the Taekwondo cross stance is a “stance with both feet crossing each other when moving or making a turn to the front, back or side. In the state of lowering the center of gravity, this is a posture used when shifting the performer’s body to the front, back or side. When the moving foot is shifted to the front of the supporting foot, it is called ap-kkoa-seogi (Front Cross Stance). When shifted to the back of the foot, dwi-kkoa-seogi (Rear Cross Stance).”


  1. Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, Taekwondo Techniques, http://www.kukkiwon.or.kr/front/pageView.action?cmd=/eng/information/taekwondoSkill2