Beginning Taekwondo and Taekwondo Reaction Hand
A student brought a colleague from work with her last session. I was giving him the stock standard beginner lesson. Pretty brain dead - 1) show and explain the forward balance, 2) show the basic punch with pull back hand, and 3) put basic punch on forward balance to get a lunge punch.
The basic punch, I'm sure I've mentioned this before, like many other basic techniques includes parameters. Beginners to Taekwondo learn a solar plexus level strike. The next rank does it to nose high. Done any higher for an opponent your height or any lower, you decrease the striking effectiveness AND you increase the chance you break your fingers or wrist with the angle of impact. As you gain more experience, the parameters show how to modify the strike and land them on the opponent who's moving and bobbing about.
The reaction hand or pull back hand is introduced with the analogy of the log cutter. Imagine two people holding on to two different ends of the saw. Synchronised right, the motion makes cutting wood effective and less tiring. I grab onto the beginners two hands and we do a piston like motion to re-create this back and forth sawing action. I say that this balance or synchrony is something that good technique will create and should be sought out. If something is awry, the instructor should be alerted and/or you should seek to vary technique until such balance occurs.
The motion of the taekwondo reaction hand or the pull back hand or the chambered hand is also highlighted to create a 'system' with the upper body. Strikes are more powerful because the mass of the body striking the opponent includes the entire upper body - rather than a limp reaction hand flopping at your side. Strategically, the pull back hand allows you to control the opponent's limb and prevent the opponent from pulling away from the strike when he sees something coming at him.
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Lastly, beginners to Traditional Taekwondo should look at all my posts on our first pattern Chon-ji.
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