Training Warriors for the 21st Century

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

27 Jul 2007

Beginners' Mistake on Striking a Target

I made a point to the white belt beginners on Thursday - when they were working on their forward lunge punch. The point was that when you're striking a target, you need to focus on the target, and not on the human holding it behind.

I noticed that power was not being delivered when it should because the punch was being 'calibrated' for the person holding on to the hand mitt. This means that 'kime' or strike focus was not occuring.

When proper striking focus happens, the technique is sound, the muscles lock up properly, and the power of the practitioners' legs are delivered into the hand mitt. Otherwise the punch may look powerful, but does not end up hitting the target powerfully. So, when you're aiming at a hand mitt, focus on the face of the mitt and one/two inches behind it.

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