Won Hyo: Defend Against Anything!!

Won Hyo: Steps 9 - 11

I've spent the last 25 years or so in the martial arts. You know what really makes me excited about martial arts? Simple techniques and principles that work! Sure I can pull out jumping spinning kicks ... or at least I used to. But what turns this martial arts on are techniques that can be done with little thought, little energy, and work a charm. Amen!

And so it was that when I started putting a lot of time into researching my own forms and some of the older forms that I've inherited, namely Basai and Tekki for instance ... something jumped out of those forms to grab my nads. I'm not sure if you can take this leap with me - these forms were talking to me, brothers. And you know what they were saying? Many times they were taking the same technique and applying it to all sorts of attacks! Not even needing to change hands ... meaning you perform the same side and this same side motion can be applied to hand attacks, leg attacks, rush in attacks, and generally just about anything that comes your way.

Some of this was featured in a Tekki video I shared with Pat from Mokuren Dojo and Nat from TDA.

With this in mind, I return to Taekwondo and I search with all my might for techniques from patterns that beg you to look at them real close. Some of these just spring out and tell you they're great drills to help with reiterative blitz attacks. This particular Won Hyo Defend Against Anything focuses on the three sequential knife hand attacks at steps 9-11. Why on earth would you do three sequential? Shouldn't you just leave it at two to symbolically show some reiteration? No. Three is just right to prompt you to think of blitz attacks and general pull-it-out-of-your-ass defence.

Let the punch come from the left. Let the punch come from the right. Let it come from the middle. Let it come hooking from the left or right, baby. Soodos, shutos, and knife hand movements from Taekwondo use both hands and can be used as attacks or defence. For the intermediate belt, I take this opportunity to include three joint locking techniques to pit against punches.

The first is a kokyunage and is done against same side strikes. The second irimi is done against opposite side strikes. The third - the arm bar is done against same side attacks. All three teach varying degrees of control - from the extremity (in the arm bar) and to the neck and body (kokyunage and irimi).

I've included some general video from youtube to show how we do it. Mind you these videos are off aiki and jujutsu techniques - so there are slight variations and of course we're applying it to strikes rather than as they show - against lapel grabs.

Kokyunage - Breadth or Timing Throw

Iriminage - Entering Throw

Arm Bar - Crank that Arm, Baby

Pat from Mokuren Dojo on Irimi
Pat from Mokuren Dojo on Kokyunage

Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Technique Workshop


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