Training Warriors for the 21st Century

Training Warriors for the 21st Century
Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo cross training with Kidokwan Perth

1 Jun 2007

Taekwondo Do san Pattern: Firing from the Hip

We were working on a reverse snap punch for the orange belters - in conjunction with Do-san pattern

The drill was done off a back stance, and the challenge was to perform a hip vibration - then send this motion into the arm. The arm is held tightly to the body with the lats, so that the forearm points directly at its target. 'Hip vibration' starts from the legs and the gluts. A movement is pulsed upward into the core of the body, and then transmitted into the arm. The arm is held tightly to the body by the pecs and lats. As the arm is 'punched' out, the legs snap back to their starting position. The movement does not have to be overt. It just has to pulse through the body and 'vibrate' a good mass of the body forward and back perhaps an inch or two. If you do it quickly that distance will visually appear much less - thus the term 'vibration'

Most beginners fire off the snap punch using the shoulder - negating the power that the legs can create. A roundhouse punch or a punch driven by the shoulder is different from this strike. There is no dishonour in using a roundhouse punch that requires shoulder rotation. There are advantages in raising the arm and cresting over the opponent's defence. But the shoulder rotation punch requires a good deal of muscle to create a good enough striking force. Not many people can get such power in a short enough time. 

If you do the hip vibration however, the power of the punch will be phenomenal. It will seem like its going in slo-mo ... it feels effortless because there's no spike in shoulder tension. The secret is that you are accelerating a good portion of your body mass forward and then shunting it into the weapon of choice. The 'transmission' is done without much arm movement - in fact, the less your shoulder gets to rotate the better. 

Reverse Snap Punch on Makiwara
One Armed Karate-ka
Heian Pinin Sono Ichi

Colin Wee
Joong Do Kwan Chung Sah Nim
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[Mat] said...

"or am I just making this up?"

I think you're right.

It does seem slowmo and powerless, but hitting the bag makes you realize how effortless a punch can be.

I personnaly don't like hitting air. Most punches I do are on something. Bag or makiwara. Up to now, I've had excellent results as far as power delivery goes and understanding power transmission.

There was a very interesting article done in our association's journal, I can send a link if you're interested.It's on tsuki and Itsuki

Be well.

Colin Wee said...

tsendit over!


[Mat] said...

The link probably won't show up properly because of blogger.

The permanent link at the end of your post --> Where it's written :"Posted by Colin Wee at "8:58pm"" Cliking on the time stamp will show comments properly. If not, here it is broken in two (copy paste end to end)


It's in the june 2006 edition. Under the title Tsuki.

I also wrote a little article in that edition. It's on four basic things to remember. But way off-topic.

Anyway, hope you like the tsuki article.


Brian said...

I've never heard the term hip vibration before. I've heard of hip twisting, thrusting, rotating, dropping, and snapping, but never vibrating. Do you have any further readings or explanations of this principle? A video clip would be awesome!

Brian Corrales

Colin Wee said...


In truth I have only heard the term 'Hip Vibration' used very recently (in the last year or so) by my canadian Shotokan friend Mir and her blog Going My Way. I, like you have only heard of the terms as you have stated. However hip vibration is an excellent description for the very small and quick movement done whilst practicing basic punches in a ready stance. The side of the body (and thus the hip) on the punching side moves quickly forward and back. It's a punctuated motion and thus the term 'vibration' fits it accurately. I would say that vibration is the aspect of drills that would eventually become a hip twist when you're striking a target. The last term you used - hip snap, I've never heard of that, but I reckon it might possibly be 'hip vibration' said differently.