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Have you heard of the Korean squat? No? That’s probably because I just made the phrase up, but there’s no way I believe that I’m the first to use it. It’s quite fascinating to me, and I can never resist bringing it up in conversation. “The ajummas, though, man can they squat,” or “The line was so long, I saw an old man pop a squat for thirty minutes while he waited.”
It looks a little something like this:
Many a foreigner has tried to perfect the Korean squat, but man is it hard. Korean kids are the butt of a joke if they can’t do it! The military even came up with a fabulous phrase of it’s own to describe it, which Urban Dictionary so graciously keeps in it’s archives: The Kimchi Squat.
To do it right, you’ll have to plant both feet on the ground, the same way you would for downward facing dog in yoga class (if you’re more flexible than I am, that is).