Basic Movement Turns

Little Backstep Turn

 

When doing a little backstep turn, your back foot stays nailed in place on the floor as indicated by the yellow arrow.  You do not move this foot except to pivot.  Your back leg sets the parallel line of demarcation (blue dash line).

 

Your front foot does all the moving and rotates 180 degrees backward by moving "inside" the form.   As you turn to face the new direction, your foot moves past the line of demarcation and you essentially overstep.

Little L Turn

 

When doing a little L turn (L shaped and usually to the Left), your back foot stays nailed in place on the floor as indicated by the yellow arrow.  You do not move this foot except to pivot.  Your back leg sets the perpendicular line of demarcation (blue dash line).

 

Your front foot does all the moving and rotates 90 degrees to the Left by moving "inside" the form.   As you turn to face the new direction, your foot moves past the line of demarcation and you essentially overstep.

Big Turn

 

The big turn in many forms is followed by a kihap and is a full 270 turn.  The best way to remember this is the (B) back foot moves on the (B) big turn. Now, your front foot stays nailed in place on the floor as indicated by the yellow arrow.  You do not move this foot except to pivot.  Your front foot sets the perpendicular line of demarcation (blue dash line).

 

Your back foot does all the moving and rotates 270 degrees backward.   As you turn to face the new direction, your foot moves past the line of demarcation and you essentially overstep.

Form Shape

Palgue - Moving Up

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1.  Little Backstep Turn

2.  Little L Turn

3.  Big Turn

Taeguk - Moving Up

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1.  Little Backstep Turn

4.  Little Backstep Turn

2.  Little L Turn

5.  Little L Turn

3.  Little L Turn

6.  Big Turn

Palgue - Return

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4.  Little Backstep Turn

5.  Little L Turn

6.  Big Turn

Taeguk - Return

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1.  Little Backstep Turn

2.  Little L Turn

3.  Little L Turn

4.  Little Backstep Turn

5.  Little L Turn

6.  Big Turn