JDK's Taekwondo Blog is a contemporary online journal of Traditional Taekwondo.
Training methodology is the secret allowing modern practitioners to access traditional systems.
JDK practices in John Leckie Pavilion, College Park, Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia.
Green belt woes - sparring training is in session. There's an amount of hand holding that's going on. Meaning I get to attack my student and he doesn't get to retaliate! Of course I pick easily identifiable techniques, but I am aiming to apply a nominal amount of force. My green belt is doing fairly well so far - in the last couple of weeks his breathing has been getting more regular, he's moving much more fluidly, and he's starting to block and cover quite well. Yet he still gets suckered 'kicked' when I blitz him with upper body techniques and slip in the kick to the gut or solar plexus - turn your body to deflect, cover, move away, and breath out! Unfortunately, a couple of these solar plexus strikes later, he's then dropping both hands to cover his mid-section when I so much as lift my knee up. That's a psychological toll - keep aware you are not being setup by an opponent like that. So I aim a light 'sport' taekwondo kick into the gut and then swing it in the air to his head. Block with one hand mate! The other should cover your head, face, and neck! Oh, he missed that one, so my foot lightly connects with the side of his head. Ouch - poor guy. He starts figuring out the arms and subsequently does better. I'm thinking he's even ready to return fire in the next one or two weeks - lunge punch and reverse snap punch! Nothing to sneeze at, especially given how he can move me back about a foot when I'm holding a power bag up to his lunge punch! Colin