Getting Punched in the Nose
This isn't me. Again - a picture I just ripped from the net.
Punched in the NoseThe last session began with a few laughs at the expense of the green belt in training. Our resident green belt last week during sparring came in with a left lunge punch but didn't cover his face nor use his left shoulder to shield himself. So it was that I deflected the punch with my right forearm, elbow up and open hand pointing downwards, swung the arm around like a bong sau, and connected my forearm to his nose. Basically what we teach as the intro to Tekki - a deflection followed by strike to the upper gate. The lesson is extremely pertinent, and whilst I was drilling a white belt and our veterans, I made sure to show them how force is received to the face with different head positions. If the head is forward, the force is sent deep into the skeletal framework and dissipated. If the head is held upwards or back, the force gets sent into the first point of leverage - the neck. This results in a knockout or TKO.
How NOT to Get Punched in the NoseWhat you need to do even in a forward stance is to drop the chin slightly - the nose gets 'tucked' back under the forehead. Go check it out in the mirror. It also decreases the perceived facial real estate to an opponent standing in front of you. The closer they get, the more your face has got to drop. This is one of the best tips to improve coverage when sparring (or in fact for any other sports where something hard and fast is coming towards your face). Enjoy!
List of Tekki Posts
- Developing a Relationship with Your Taekwondo Patterns
- Chin-na Video, Dojo Rat, and My Tekki on It
- Tekki Side Kick
- Tekki Slap and Serve
- Tekki Bunkai
- Won-hyo: Defend Against Anything
- Koryu Uchinadi HPAV Two Person Drills
- Tekki Low Side Kick to the Knee
- Shadow-Boxing Principle from Shotokan's Secret
- Chulgi: Punching Across the Body