Training Warriors for the 21st Century

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

30 Aug 2008

Do-san: Defending Against Straight Blast Punches to the Face

I posted last week on a line drill focusing on a jab and opposite cross and Pat from Mokuren Dojo came back with Don't just do Tsuki Forever, a great continuation from the previous post. This week I thought I should cover a great drill we introduce at Do-san/7th kyu to defend against straight blast or continuous punching to the face. This move is based off the R spear hand into L mid block arm action introduced in Do-san steps 6&7.

In the video you see 7th kyu Jacqui defending against basic punches done by 9th kyu Christian. The video is fairly self explanatory - the blocks come to the outside of Christian's forearms. The deflection is done conservatively in order to deal with the speed of the punches - it allows Jacqui to block repeatedly without getting her nose knocked off.

7th Kyu Adina faces off 6th Kyu Jacob - both hands held in front and as you can see her right hand comes back to block the outside of Jacob's punch.

The next shot in the sequence you can see Adina raising her elbow to block Jacob's left punch. The punch is only deflected so much in order to keep the blocking arms held high and in front of the face.

Last close up - look at how the back hand protects the face in case the block misses. Also look at how the face is tucked down in the neck. There is some intense concentration involved, folks. Any miss is a near miss, let me tell you ... the heart rate really goes up with the punches come hard and fast.

Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Technique Workshop

29 Aug 2008

Perth Royal Show

Perth Royal Show 

Hosts Qigong and Taichi Demonstrations

The Perth Royal Show (see Perth Royal Show Ticket Information) at the Claremont Show Grounds brings a bit of the country to the city. The Perth Royal show is held once a year, has been on-going for 100 years, and spans eight days.

When I first came to Australia, all I heard about the Perth Royal Show was about show bags, rides, and junk food. At the time, we lived in Nedlands, my son was about 2 years old, and I remembered I wasn't impressed when fireworks seemed to be let off just outside our window about 30 minutes after we put my boy to bed.

But the first time I visited the show I was blown away by the number of exhibits and the vast number of different events and activities that can be had at the Royal Show. I had a blast!

Aside from the regular attractions this year at the Perth Royal Show, there will be Taichi and Qigong demonstration held at the Carter Lawn at various sessions throughout the day.

I'm not sure that I need to experience any more Chinese culture at the Perth Royal Show Taichi booth - but I'm sure I'll be coerced into buying some show bags for the children. Don't forget the fairly floss, the obligatory hotdog with suspect sausage meat, and my favourite Moorish Nuts!

The Food Pornographer on The Perth Royal Show 2007 - great images of the food on offer!!!

Highlights of the Perth Royal Show can be found here This is the official site of the Perth Royal Show, and highlights are organised by days. Interesting - 'Rabbit Judging,' 'Name the Three Little Pigs,' and 'Alpaca Shearing'!

Perth Royal Show Writeup on - not much here except a short writeup and a phone number. Great for parents who live around Claremont with little children who sleep around the time of the fireworks.

Perth Royal Show on Wikipedia - as usual, a good coverage of the Perth Royal Show including the history of the event.

Perth Royal Show on Enjoy Perth! - This is a blog entry on the Royal Show with prices from 2006 and several blog responses.

Perth Royal Show now certain: Minister: It seems there was the possibility that Perth Royal Show stall owners would have to be charged an additional license fees, but this was overturned by Local Goverment Minister Ljiljana Ravlich.

What do you like of the Perth Royal Show? Do you buy a lot of show bags for your children? Do you like the rides? The food? How long do you stay? Do you know any secret parking lots??? Who are you going with this year? Let us know!


Perth Royal Show
Claremont Show Grounds
Railway Parade
Western Australia 6010


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28 Aug 2008

More Martial Arts Blogs ... Ripped Off!

Here are a few of the other well known blogs that are now featured under the portal.

Tomcat's Taekwondo Blog ... better get on it, Andy!

Charles Goodin's Karate Thoughts

Chris from Martial Development

For the entire list of blogs ... check out MCM's Blog list

My initial post at My Malaysian Brothers.

Training Aids That Wreck Combat Techniques!

Wait a minute. I thought training aids like power bags, paddles, kick shields, etc. are there to help you learn how to apply taekwondo or karate techniques better?

In a way, yes. However, I have noticed instances where kick shields used to drill roundhouse kicks turn a so-so martial artist into a CRAP martial artist. Not that the kick was any less fast or any less powerful.

The problem is that the kick shield is held outside the visual frame of the body. So the poor student is kicking at an area not central to the objective -- that is to kick onto the human body. All the training aid was good for was to drill a powerful kick on a flat pad held 30 cm away from the body. Why do you think success would falter? Both the eyes and the weapon are calibrated off the main target!

It is up to the instructor to mix and match the use of training aids and kicking onto the body proper (with guard up and guard down) -- this in turn will help students learn how to fully maximise the versatility of taekwondo's kicks.

To think that all kicks are only successful at full extension and maximal range is to cheat yourself of the real tactical advantage of developing accurate and pragmatic kicks.

Related topic on the use of kick shields and muscle dynamics ...
Won-hyo: Where are your eyes on the back of your arse?

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-- Colin Wee Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia. Connect withColin on FaceBook and Traditional Taekwondo Group on FB.

25 Aug 2008

Punching Drill: Same-side Jab, Opposite Cross (How not to do it if you are a Taekwondo practitioner)

The drill we did yesterday was a single count left step forward jab with lead hand and cross punch with back hand on '1'. '2' does the drill on the right.

The hands are held high, not jaw height, but temple high. Holding it at the jaw is great if you have gloves on. But it won't stop anything if you were fighting empty hand. Elbows are pulled close to the chest to cover solar plexus and ribs.

The jab punch skill starts at 8th Kyu or when you're learning Dan-gun for our school. The jab is not the same centreline extension as the basic lunge punch. The jab gets your elbow raised and utilises shoulder rotation to generate power. The cross requires hip and shoulder rotation in order to strike at the right reach and distance.

After about 20m of drilling this line, the step that we were taking was lengthened in order to make this jab cross effective for real engagements. The step drag routine was discussed - the front foot sliding forward across the wooden floor was too easy. We introduced another thought - that of sliding the foot forward on uneven territory. So the front foot is pushed forward with outer blade of the foot pointing straight ahead. In normal walking, the inside of the foot points forward. We point our foot inward in order to use leg muscles to drive ourselves forward. For uneven ground, we also need to pick the toes up - like how the nose of the plane rises in order that the wheels hit the ground correctly.

Taking the longer step forward you see an immediate problem - most people end up weighting their COG on their back foot. Now - if you wanted to intimidate your opponent you need to make him think that you are going to smack him in the face with your fists. Doesn't matter if you're going to try and break his kneecaps with a kick - you must be weighted forward in order to use your hands.

Taekwondo practitioners listen up - in a combat situation you need to launch your kicks whilst looking as though you are going to punch your opponent out!!! That means more weight on your front foot and back foot poised to push you ahead. Not leaning backwards and favouring your speedy roundhouse kick or your back kick to save the day!

Also for god's sake ... your hands need to be up and your head needs to be down and tucked in! The last thing you want to do is announce to the world that you're a taekwondo look-at-me-just-like-what-you-saw-at-the-Olympics black belt. It is not going to save you. (Especially if your opponent is a referee or some sporting judge).

Once breathing starts being rhythmic we changed the exercise and got people to do the drills backward. This is for when an aggressor is in your face, pushes you backward and comes at you. So students get a target stuck right at their faces and on my count step back and fire off two shots.

Continuation post at Do San Defending Against Straight Arm Blast

24 Aug 2008

Fallen Angel: Beijing Olympic TKD Participant from Cuba Attacks Referee

Here's the video of a very uncontrolled Cuban Olympic Taekwondo disgrace...

Imagine my surprise this morning when I was told a taekwondo participant from Cuba Angel Valodia Matos kicked a swedish referee Chakir Chelbat for disqualifying him in a bronze medal event. Matos' coach was also similarly banned apparently because he also shoved the referree before Matos lashed out with a roundhouse kick.

The internet and martial art blogging community is alive with outrage over the incident. But an interesting development comes from none other than Fidel Casto, who backs the ban on the Matos.

Another thought: The Olympic referee was a motionless target for the cuban. The roundhouse kick only drew some blood. How is it that a free kick did not result in greater injury or knockout to the referee???

Check out these animated pictures to see Matos kicking the ref in slow mo. Might I say that that particular roundhouse kick was RUBBISH.

This is a highly embarassing development in sport taekwondo - much worse than the loss during the B-boyz dance off I showcased with a string of other videos!

Taekwondo v Kickboxing
Muay thai v taekwondo
Wrestling v Taekwondo
Karate v WTF
Kung Fu v Taekwondo

Which do you think is worse??? The Olympic embarassment for Taekwondo or referee Isao Nakamura Fushiki, 7th dan, taking a cheap shot at a participant from the back for disobeying him? Check out the following video and corresponding posts on martial views.

More posts on Fushiki incident at Martial Views.

More info:
Violence puts Sydney Olympic champion under life sanction
Olympics: Cuban fighter banned for life after attacking judge
Angel Valodia Matos Banned! For Life In Taekwondo
Cuban Taekwondo Champ Faces Ban for Kicking Olympic Ref in Head

Related blog posts:
Of Olympics, Controversy and Sportsmanship

22 Aug 2008

Keeping on the Path of Traditional Taekwondo

Pat from Mokuren Dojo just recently had a post talking about why do you train. Basically talking about what makes you go back to the training hall again and again. It's hours upon hours of body numbing exercise, physical and emotional punishment, and mind numbing tiredness.

I can remember many a Saturday morning spent training whilst my friends were hanging out watching football or basketball games. Then there's the night before ... knowing that if you drank too much and partied too hard your reflexes slow the next morning (did you know that?). Or all those holidays given up to stand in line to bow in and work out. Then there are those nights when you train for so long and so hard you sweat so much that your legs cramp up on you in the middle of the night. Who has more stories?

I get myself to the training area because martial arts is fun. Civilians would'nt really understand it, would they? It's electrifying because there is an element of of danger and our struggle to apply some control to the risks we're facing.

I show up and do what I do because of the rich history - thousands upon thousands of people have developed and participated in the Taekwondo fighting style that I have inherited ... and now I myself an propogating it. Mind-boggling.

Then we do these really cool moves. Not for show; they are for our own consumption.

I feed off the energy of the entire experience. I've been at it 25 years this year - I still get in line to do the pushups and all the exercises. I can't wait to go back to it again!

Go check out Pat's post or Nat's related sparring post.

Check out Nat's post on Is there Value in Traditional Training?
Michele talks about Leaving it at the Door - which discusses one of the gifts of martial arts training, to be able to allow you to separate yourself from the daily grind when you're leading yourself up to training. :-)

Check out Bob's post from Striking Thoughts on Martial Arts Devotion. I like that he's representing some positives from traditional arts. What a little discipline can do for everything else we undertake in life!

Also check out a related post on another blog I run Will Music Lessons Wreck My Relationship with my Son? A. No.

New Here?

Welcome to JDK's Traditional Taekwondo in Perth Western Australia 

This martial arts blog was started in April 2007 by Colin Wee as a resource available to all hard style martial artists. My aim was to document just one or two techniques as they are practiced within my weekly taekwondo classes held in Perth, Western Australia. Many of the posts are written after or soon after each class, and were opportunities to discuss issues that I may not have covered thoroughly in class. This may explain the wildly varying quality of the articles.

Armlock and immobilization
Colin applying a takedown and handlock on student (circa 2007) 

Colin is associated with the American Karate and Taekwondo Organization based in Dallas, Texas. The training from the SMU Martial Arts Club was tough, effective, and was transmitted by very knowledgeable and skillful black belt instructors (see This Day in History 1991).

Colin started Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo in Perth Western Australia in 2000. JDK, whilst a small school, has garnered a good amount of attention through the continuous sharing of video training resources over a period of two years, some of which is now available on our YouTube channel.

The continued study of Traditional Taekwondo by Joong Do Kwan involves exploration and innovation - reaching both backward in time to Okinawan and Chinese arts, and forward for modern developments in sport science. This is all to curate a system that represents a distinct historical snapshot of Traditional Taekwondo, and to establish its relevancy for the 21st century.

Our training methodology aims to shut opponents down by anticipating the attack, and curtailing their ability to launch counter measures against our own tactics. It is not simply that we're just doing everything that's not allowed under sporting rules - the end goal influences our training, and how we tap into traditional methods.

Sampling of Posts on Traditional Taekwondo Blog

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Colin Wee
Chief Instructor, JDK
Author, Traditional Taekwondo Perth
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20 Aug 2008

My Malaysian Taekwondo Brothers

Imagine my surprise when I searched for keywords off recent posts ... and discovered Traditional Taekwondo Technique Workshop content was being ripped off and presented on a Martial Arts Community portal in Malaysia!!! Check it out for yourself at I'm not sure whether search engines will like that very much, but I suppose I should feel complimented.

Anyway, I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome our Malaysian counterparts to the Traditional Taekwondo Technique Workshop blog. Sharing is all good ... so, Selamat datang! I look forward to your participation ... and maybe I might make my way up to Malaysia sometime soon for a visit.

Peace, brothers.


Taekwondo Fighting Strategy - Broken Rhythm

Hook kick to the groin. Really? That's harsh. Picture taken 2014 at Kidokwan Perth.

There is nothing more exotic to civilians or an audience of non-martial artists than to see two fighters pairing off at the dojo and exchanging strikes. There is beauty in the techniques, timing, exchange, and counters; there's a thrill in knowing there's inherent danger lurking in each technique. It's almost like being an observer in a private discussion where the two in question are speaking animatedly in a foreign tongue.

For the most part, most taekwondo sparring sessions have scant danger involved. Training sessions in the dojo are between taekwondo/karate students of more or less the same skill level. Or if the skill has great disparity, then rules and a good training environment make sure that the person with superior experience helps nurture the less able opponent.

I commented to Mir a couple of years ago when she observed me sparring against a number of opponents that all I was doing was prancing about. And it was totally true. Why I looked good was because I had a great advantage of skill and experience, didn't feel too much in danger, and thus could pull out really cool techniques, show off tactical flashy sequences, and generally time out my opponents.

One way of beating an opponent is by the use of 'broken rhythm'. This is a concept propounded by Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet June Do. Everything in life has a rhythm. Training has a rhythm. Sparring has a rhythm. Techniques have their rhythm. A person has his own rhythm ... and gets used to this 'rhythm' or natural speed of doing things. So when you face off with an opponent, broken rhythm prompts you to think about:

  1. Setting up your opponent by presenting a set natural sparring or fighting rhythm - then change it in due course by attacking and gap closing really fast.
  2. Reduce the rhythm when you want to show the opponent you're running out of gas, and thus allowing the opponent to slow down his own gears when facing you.
  3. Perform the start of techniques slower, let the opponent capture this initial movement and then modify the technique's flight path into the opponent.
  4. Use combinations of techniques to create rhythmic patterns, re-use the initial part of the combinations so that the opponent re-uses his assumptions of what you are doing ... then introduce variances to catch him off guard.
  5. Lastly - the opponent is used to what he is used to. If the opponent thinks I'm a taekwondo practitioner and I'm going to attack him with flashy kicks, then I'm going to set him up to think long range flashy kicks, but knock his head off with short range punches.

In life as in Taekwondo, we can get ahead by using broken rhythm to propel and progress ourselves forward. Any thoughts?

Peace, my brothers.

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19 Aug 2008

Sitemap to Traditional Taekwondo Techniques and Taekwondo Patterns

Sitemap to Traditional Taekwondo Techniques

Welcome to the Traditional Taekwondo Blog
This sitemap contains a selection of Taekwondo posts with further links to other thematically related information on this blog. New Sitemap is at

Introduction to Traditional Taekwondo

Man of Tradition: Australian Taekwondo Magazine Interview, with additional links on the history of Taekwondo
Beginning Taekwondo
Habits of Highly Effective Martial Artists
The Problem with Hard Style Systems like Karate and Taekwondo
Colin talks about Aikido and Traditional Taekwondo
Martial Arts Gradings: Links to this blog and other resources
Only True Taekwondo Practices the Sine Wave
Taekwondo and Self Defence
Taekwondo Sparring Posts
Martial Philosophy: Gichin Funakoshi's 20 Precepts
Anti-Bully Blogging Carnival

General Taekwondo Technique Links

Colin's Traditional Taekwondo Techniques Workshop blog focuses on the techniques and tactics found in Taekwondo. The syllabus containing these techniques come from Taekwondo's Chang Hon pattern set.
Colin talks about the Taekwondo Syllabus
Taekwondo Pattern Chon-ji Hyung List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Dan-gun Hyung List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Do-san List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Won-hyo List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Yul-guk List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Toi-gye List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Choong-gun List of Posts
Taekwondo Pattern Hwa-rang List of Posts
Kata Tekki/Chulgi List of Posts and Getting Punched in the Nose
Taekwondo Roundhouse Kick Technique
Taekwondo Front Kick Equilibrium and Technique
Making Kata Work for You
Calibrating the Taekwondo Side Kick
Applying the Upper Block (Age Uke, Chukyo Marki, or Rising Block)
Applying the Yop Marki Middle Block
Get More Striking Power through Traditional Taekwondo
Angles of Entry

Popular Posts on this Blog

The following popular posts on the Traditional Taekwondo Blog are discovered from analytics data.
Won-hyo: Side Kick
Chon-ji Down Block Drills
Hwa-Rang: How to Do a High Roundhouse Kick to the Head
Roundhouse Kick: Muay Thai v Taekwondo

Colin's Favourite Posts

Beginning Sparring Part One: Problems Encountered
Won-hyo: The Kihon Kata Koma
Do-san: Defending Against Straight Blast Punches to the Face
Rebooting the Founder of Taekwondo [Historical Faction]

Martial Art Cross-Postings

Aikido Philosophy, Taekwondo Techniques ... Is it Possible?
Martial Arts Against Martial Arts

Miscellaneous Posts

Martial Arts Resources and Articles
Martial Arts Websites
Other Blogs (Non-MA)
The One TKD Book You Must Get, 15 Jan 2008
Taekwondo News and Information from Martial Sources
Taekwondo Perth Links
Links: Healthy Living Starts Young and At Home


Calling All Martial Arts Websites and Blogs!!!

My friends. My brothers.

The Traditional Taekwondo blog has become a highly ranked resource on the net (just type in 'taekwondo blog' or 'traditional taekwondo' in google). However, I am still dedicated to promoting Traditional Taekwondo and Taekwondo in general to the greater online community.

To do this, I am happy to expand my list of links to anyone in the martial arts community. You can add your link on my site on my
1. Blog list
2. Link exchange page (you'll have to exchange links here), or
3. My resources pages within the blog

Otherwise you can always post a response and slip in whatever appropriate link you have within each post.

Have a good day!



18 Aug 2008

Don't You Just Hate Random Competition Advice?

I've recently responded to an email inquiry from a Tang Soo Do instructor who's a member of IAOMAS asking me to provide help on creating a training program for some of his guys attempting a competition. I did not get very much more information, so couldn't respond more intelligently, the following is my 'tips and tricks' email in response. Contact details blocked out.


From: Colin Wee

Dear ,

It is extremely difficult for me to provide substantial advice without knowing much more of each individual player, the nature of the competition, and your time frame.

If you have plenty of time to prepare, you should produce a training plan for each individual focusing on enhancing their strengths, reducing their weaknesses, and creating an individual competition plan which each should become familiar with. Oftentimes, instructors will only focus on major issues and might forget a diet plan, visualisation training, pre-competition scheduling, etc. This approach will help you overview many issues and keep you on track with each participant. It will also put you, as the coach, in a 'tour operator' role to guide your team members through what can be a sometimes overwhelming and unpredictable journey from your own doorstep to stepping on the mat.

I used to be an Asst National Coach for archery, and wrote a short article for my father's archery website a couple of years ago. You can check it out at That page covers a high level approach to doing well from a participan'ts point of view. You can also download a visualisation tool from which deals with visualisation as a tool for self defence - visualisation is a very powerful tool to allow the competitor to mentally create the competition environment, establishing 'the zone' - an enhanced maximum mental/physical readiness for the event. (Also there is - a learning tool to generally discuss sporting performance problems for intermediate and senior students. This is a good tool if you have to deal with participants who may have issues that need to be dealt with before they attempt high level competition.)

A number of years ago I learned that for sports-specific training one needs to recreate the ultimate competitive environment and physical output ... and multiply it by 10. So if you are anticipating that your students need to face 3min x 3 rounds, they need to maintain the same cardio output over 3 min x 10 or 30 minutes. There are many exercises you can use aside from sprinting to get you to this point - plyometrics, circuit training, caveman training, etc. There are also other exercises to support dynamic strength training like yoga, dynamic stretching, weights, etc. You should work towards varying the workouts and making sure martial arts are the predominant training activity in order not to confuse less experienced participants with what your objectives are (and how their body mechanics should work during competition).

Kata: I am not an expert on competition training for kata. Here is an overview of what I understand:
1. Stances need to be totally uniform and adhere to traditional standards - so distances covered has to be exactly the same for each step in the same stance. This is something that needs to to be focused on by the instructor or assistant instructor.
2. Linear motion has got to be powerful and stable. For those participants who think moving from one low stance to another is like walking, they need to revisit proper muscle dynamics and learn how to generate the right contraction and expansion of their legs. A good book featuring this concept is Karate Kinematics and Dynamics
3. Look before you turn.
4. Punches need to be at specific and identifiable spots according to kata. Centreline needs to be maintained.
5. Kime or focus needs to occur. The muscle lock up needs to be done on impact and is supported by the body's skeletal structure.
6. Breathing needs to support the type of technique being performed.
7. Don't race through the kata. It's not a sprint.

Kumite: I am not an expert on competition training for kumite. Here is an overview of what I understand based off sporting information and my own training approach, but needs to be taken in perspective dependant on how points are scored during sparring:
1. The front leg will reach the target sooner, but will not land with the same force as the back leg, so needs to be thought of as a jab. Given distancing, my own estimation is that the front kick for an averagely skilled, conservative, and tactical kicker will land on some decent target around 30-40% of the time. The back leg will reach the target slower than a front kick will and with much more force. But it will be blocked most of the time, meaning that it will land on some decent target around 5-10% of the time. This will increase if the back kick is used in combination with feints and deception, which will increase the probability of a good score to about 15-20%. As a coach you should modify these percentages for each of your competitors and know how effective they are dependant on the type of opponent they face (taller, same height, or shorter).
2. Irrespective of what kind of fight the participant should seek for each opponent, kicks can be extremely tactical. In a three round fight, aside from trying to score points or trying to wear down the opponent, kicks are also good to 'teach' the opponent what kind of combinations your fighter may use within the fight. I suspect that in a 3x3 minute fight, you can 'teach' your opponent a total of maybe 3-5 'telegraphed' moves for anticipated kicking-punching combinations. This means by round two your fighter could make use of variations to catch the opponent off-guard. Again you need to first set up this line of thinking for your fighters, make sure they can pull it off, and you need to rate effectiveness of each combo and when they've got to pull their trick out of their hats.
3. I am a major fan of long range punching - this depends a lot on gap closing strategies and how good your fighters are at faking their way closer to their opponents. Also once up close, your fighters need to learn how to cover up and fight close range. Heavy gloves and body work will help here so that they know how to cover their heads and body with their arms and gloves.

I have a seminar I video-ed a couple of years ago dealing with making techniques 'invisible' to opponents. If you are interested, and if it will help you, send me your address and I'll forward it to you.

Hope that helps.


Colin Wee
Chief Instructor 5th Dan
----- Original Message -----
To: Colin Wee

I m sorry for not responding to your letter.My guys are in tang soo do and they are a team that includes white to back belts.We want to attend championships,please advise how we can design or train for it.Sparring tips are also appreciated.I know you are a tkd master and tand soo is also a korean style.


A related post at MarksTraining talks about training for a specific type of fight: Cro Cops Training Methods. It's a worthwhile read.

17 Aug 2008

Breaking and Destruction for Beginners

Everything we teach in theory, or even in application should guide you when you're in front of that brick or tile (as we had for today's session). Yet, when it comes to the hard line, people sometimes falter - not enough commitment, not enough body dynamics, not enough acceleration, and basically not enough focus to drive that weapon through that tile. The funny thing is that the consequences of breaking and destruction are much more significant than the success when your hand sails through that solid board. If you fail - that miserable jarring smack gives you immediate feedback, and the pain starts to play with your mind. For that reason this is a fairly good exercise for a beginner - use your basics and make your basics work. But not always will they work, and you might then need to get over those inner hurdles to come back again and try do the same technique again without reprieve. No need for a 'chi glove'. No need for any mystical power. It's all about physics: 1. Have good alignment. 2. Know which part of the hand you're using. 3. Make sure body dynamics are driving the strike. 3. Aim through the target. Have we not gone through those lessons day in and day out? :-) Now it's your turn!

The Science of How to Break a Board - EXCELLENT READING

15 Aug 2008

Promote Three Blogs Meme

Ok, there are these meme-things going around the blogopshere. Typically you have to tell 100 secrets about yourself or answer several interview questions about yourself or some such. I'm not into that and have avoided these memes up till now. I figured if I wanted to see a good meme floating around, I'd start it. So here it is - the Promote Three Meme - and here's how it works:

1) If someone tags you with this meme you'll say so and provide a link back to their blog in your post. Also provide a link back to this post, as the origin of the meme.

Thanks to Patrick and his Mokuren Dojo Blog for posting the promote three meme of Taekwondo blogs and for his very kind words. How often would someone - a martial arts instructor at that, out of the blue, compliment you for being "a great, thoughtful coach ... [who] gives these wonderfully detailed descriptions of techniques and training practices." Gifts and compliments like this gives us all hope in an industry typically rife with politics, ego, and bigots. You're the man, Patrick.

2) Look through the Martial Arts Toplist and find three blogs that are lower-ranked than your own. For these three blogs, you will post links and a short reason you think each blog is especially deserving of honors. Why you think they deserve more traffic than they are getting.

  1. Kicks Boxes: I like the little background on how Kicks Boxes got its name. The few posts that I've read were written well, and I like the video that's interspersed throughout. I also note while reading through a post covering Kyusho jitsu, Rick's argument was done reasonably and logically. I look forward to some good insight and posts coming from here.

  2. The Taekwondo Diaries: An extremely extensive blog - I thought it was dormant, but I see some regular posts recently.

3) Send the owners of the three blogs a note telling them why you like their blog and that they've been honored with the Promote Three meme.
4) You may repeat this as many times as often as you think is necessary, with the same blogs or different ones. You may tag anyone in the Martial Arts Toplist, so long as they have several blogs ranked below them.

13 Aug 2008

Taekwondo Chon-ji: Steps 18 & 19 as Osotogari

 The last two steps of Taekwondo Chon-ji hyung following the previous two forward lunge punches are two reverse punches. The transition between step 17 & 18 with the previous right punch left 'in situ' whilst stepping back and then firing off the left punch is trained as an osotogari leg reaping throw in our school.

As applications go, Osotogari is a legitimate technique. As drawn from the techniques in the kata as I have done, however, the translation doesn't win me any medals. But, the placing of the throw at that point in the kata allows me to do one of several things -

  1. Introduce breakfalls to the beginners
  2. Introduce a very basic and easy takedown
  3. Allow students to think of striking the opponent AND taking their legs out from under them

In my opinion, it is a good technique to include at the beginning stage.

Last night we discussed this throw. We introduce it to taekwondo beginners from a standard lapel-sleeve grip, the right hand lifting the opponent, the left pulling the opponent towards you, shifting the hips next to the opponent, raising the leg and kicking the opponent's foot from behind him. The fall is decelerated by pulling up on the opponent's sleeve with the left arm.

For intermediate belts who were more familiar with the throw, we took the opponent off his base - so hip to hip, and then moving off perpendicularly so that the throw goes not to his back but off to his side. It was easy to do, required less strength, and no one's knees were in trouble of getting sprained.

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12 Aug 2008

Taekwondo v B-Boyz Dance Off

I think the Taekwondo camp even loses to this B-boyz dance off. Hmmmm ....

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Foot Fist Way: A Martial Mokumentary

Taekwondo v Kickboxing

This TKD practitioner is in a bad situation ... they should stop a fight if one side is too out classed.

Muay Thai v Taekwondo

Ouch. Look at the simplicity of the Muay Thai roundhouse kick.

This is starting to look pretty sad for the Taekwondo camp!

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Wrestling v Taekwondo

More flippity flip techniques!

Karate v WTF Video

The Taekwondo guys in these videos I'm seeing seem to come out strong, but aren't making a real dent into their opponents. Just look at this video - the karate guy doesn't go down even with a roundhouse straight to the neck/head. What's wrong with this picture? Anyone like to comment?

Read Dojo Rat's review of this fight at Why Taekwondo Sucks!
Read Striking Thoughts response to Dojo Rat at Taekwondo Sucks

The best follow up to this sequence of videos should be at Nat's TDA on Video: Kicks v Punches Handicap where Nat's got a sparring video where one opponent is using hands and the other using only feet. Check it out!


Kung Fu v Taekwondo Sparring

Wow. These guys could benefit from some protective gear! Or maybe a softer surface to land on.

Hand techniques seem to be pretty light on, and kicking techniques didn't seem very different from either fighter. But the guy in the red gi top, I assume the kung fu practitioner, had kicks that were applied more innovatively.

Good fight.

Sherdog forum's response to the Kung fu v Tae kwon do video.

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9 Aug 2008

Young Children Training in Taekwondo

I have been meaning to put together a program for children, but haven't found the time to do so. I'd like to highlight a few ideas for training children in the martial arts ... for my particular school:

1. No sparring at all for children under 12. Funakoshi Sensei had a big thing against jiyu kumite, and I totally agree, especially for children. They don't learn proper skills, and it might be harder to retrain them in the future when you want them to get serious at it.

2. No weapons for children under 12. If they are not mature enough to understand an ethical (or legal) position on weapons use or if I'm not happy to discuss aspects of gender-based crimes or home intrusion OR if I can't trust them not to be playing around with the equipment when I'm not there, then I don't want to teach them how to use a tool that is linked with such issues.

3. I'd like children's learning to be assisted by participation from their parents. I've got my children in a suzuki violin program and constant practice and parent involvement has had a profound influence on their progress -- so I'd like that to occur in my own taekwondo class.

4. I like my son being present at adult classes so he sees exactly what we do with the older students. This shows the intensity, the preciseness of technique and the dojo environment we train in. I would like mix classes like this to occur in a chaperoned way in order for younger students to see what they will graduate to, but not necessarily occuring every week. Maybe once a month.

Anyone got any ideas or other issues?

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Taekwondo Do san: Step 7 & 8 Backfists of Fury

Doh-san step 7 and 8 are backfists executed in a forebalance. We did this as a drill last Tuesday, varying it and getting the back hand to provide a block/check. So an opponent will throw a centreline punch and the drill is to block the oncoming punch downwards and throw a backfist. This may get deflected or blocked, and the student reiterate the movement with the other hand - the attacking backfist becoming a downward press and the back hand throwing another backfist. This is done tight on the centreline similar to wing chun techniques.

Movements like this are very practical and way easy to learn as they use 'natural' reiterative motions to achieve economy of motion while allowing the practitioner to throw something out quickly as a 'catch all' technique.

The striking area is either the back of the knuckles IF you are coming down on the nose or soft areas of the face. Otherwise, you can perform the backfist with the front face of the knuckles - the benefit being the student *should* be more comfortable withstanding pressure there. Work both faces to enjoy the versatility of this technique.

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6 Aug 2008

Self Defence: Trained v Untrained

Self Defence and the Training Environment

I thought to discuss a self defence issue and fantastic post Nat had on his TDA blog.

The discussion centres around having a 'trained' fighter being attacked by an untrained fighter. Don't make the mistake that your training is going to provide you a huge unfair advantage over this kind of opponent. Nat sums it up nicely -- "One of the reasons is that it's very different, akin to dealing with a beginner in the martial arts, but one with more confidence, and that's dangerous!"

The Beginner and Self-Defence

Self Defence is an important issue for instructors as we put beginners through their first form Chon-ji. In my syllabus I teach beginners only one punch and two blocks for the most part. But the mental focus for Chon-ji has got to be one of utmost commitment and applying the limited tools with the thought to destroy whatever weapon the opponent extends at you. With this in mind, as we lunge forward, it could be the forehead that makes contact, or the knee as it slams into the side of the opponent's knee. Or the folding for the block, or the extension of the block before the strike goes out.

If you are not thinking like this, then most likely through lack of inexperience, the beginning student will stack up poorly in such a self defence encounter.

Problems with Facing a Trained Opponent

More often than not the problem centres around the environment you train in. Your opponent is and has always been trying to 'help' you learn by going slower, using 'prescribed' ways of attacking, and really is also focused on your response to his attack.

A better way is to ensure that you use prescribed ways of attack as 'uke,' but then to subtly increase speed and intensity in time. Eventually, the attack should not be telegraphed, it should be done at a good speed, and should carry with it the objective to really hit the target. If uke 'misses,' well, then they should never leave the attacking arm stuck out. Retract quickly and strike again. Note: the arm is only left stuck out in instances where you are replicating an attack with some sort of heavy or long range weapon.


Challenges of Practicing Techniques as Opposed to Using Tactics

I give you a technique and I have to pair it up with a particular attack. However, if I say your technique has to accomplish *something,* and deal with a dynamic environment, that technique and it's applications become tactics. For instance, the opening sequence of Won-hyo - morote chudan uchi uke or double augmented block followed by funky hand chambers strikes, and re-strikes ... we use that same technique on the same arm to deal with attacks from either side of the opponent. And this is how it should be. Hard stylists are not clever - don't take it the wrong way - we have something that we can use, we need to judge what is coming our way, and then we use that 'something.' What if we pre-empt 'wrongly'? Well, we still have that one 'something' to use. We've got to use it then - that's the way we improve reaction time and get the job done!

A Good Self Defence Uke 

Being a good uke is difficult. Try to be less martial-arty. Try to be objective driven. Discard your learned 'techniques.' And don't go too easy on your opponent. If you don't feel your opponent getting frustrated, you're dumbing it down. And no learning environment can be good like that.

Keep it real folks.


Violence is ... Well it is violent

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3 Aug 2008

Taekwondo Hyung: Won-Hyo Step 27 & 28 as Over the Shoulder Throw

Won-hyo step 27 and 28 are inside outer forearm closed fist blocks at mid height. These are taught as over the shoulder throws. The pre-requisite to learning or applying this is the ability to do a breakfall in the air, forward rolls, and forward rolls ending with a slap to the ground.

The throw is taught here bypassing the standard judo sleeve-lapel grip. Students grab both lapels, gap close by cross stepping in, and drop into a low and wide stance. If throwing the opponent with right side leading, the thrower looks to the left and uses a high left elbow. The opponent's weight is pulled onto the body, and the throw is effected with the hips shot up into the opponent and the arms pulling to rotate the opponent over the hips. The opponent is controlled into the fall and the grip is not released until after the opponent lands properly.

See the follow up to this post Taekwondo Won-hyo: Over the Shoulder Throw

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2 Aug 2008

Little People Sparring

This has to be one of the most entertaining fights I've seen in a long time - from any martial art. Here we see a Muay Thai fight between two little people. They're really going for each other.

On a serious note, and with no disrespect to the fighters (they are obviously not children), I'm going to draw the line ... young children should not engage in free sparring or combat. I don't think it is a necessary exercise to learn good martial arts.

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1 Aug 2008

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