Taekwondo Do san: Rising Block
The first two belts, and as highlighted in previous blog posts, we used the lower block and the middle block to strike downward and sideways on an incoming limb. The back (folding) hand typically may add a deflection to the strike and the blocking arm strikes the oncoming limb. Today, we used the rising block to strike the oncoming limb from the underside. It is a nice drill to wrap up a developing theme for the beginning martial art student - and that is that it is not absolutely necessary to strike the body core to do damage to an opponent or an aggressor. Striking the limb hurts badly and because that limb is attached to the rest of the opponent may ultimately affect the opponent's centre of gravity so that follow up strikes or throws will add a coup de grace to your defence.
The upper block strike to the underside of the arm should be preceded with a lowered centre of gravity, a dropped head in order to go under the attacking limb, and your using the back hand to add to the deflection of the oncoming strike. One major problem I've noticed is for the beginner to move their feet, arch their back backwards and then perform the technique. My suggestion is for them to think to 'sink and surge' - or sink their COG forwards first before pushing forward with their legs.
Also the blocking tool should not be a reactive or static technique. It should go outward and toward the opponent in order for you to proactively meet the force before that striking force is amplified at the point of its target.
This drill is applicable either against an upper body or lower body striking limb. It is best used against an attack above the shoulder line. The user needs to ensure that COG is kept low and HAS to drop the forehead forward to mitigate against the probability that the initial deflection misses.
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