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The Reaction Hand discusses the reason why Taekwondo practitioners and other hard style martial artists pull the opposite hand back in practice - to generate power and to help drills. It also touches lightly on the difficulty beginning students have with the pulling back of the reaction hand whilst really needing *both* hands during sparring. The Hikite or Reaction hand is a training invention, while there is some strategic validity, it is applied only in a few circumstances. At no point should you defend yourself with one hand at your hip. Colin

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Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Technique Workshop

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