Dan-gun: Applying the Upper Block
Applying the Upper Block
There is a stipulated angle for the upper block and you see variants of this in all the nice karate or taekwondo pictures on the net. What is not discussed is how the upper block gets there. In our school, we practice two different ways of performing the upper block: you can do a vertical punch upwards and then rotate the elbow around into the upper block or you can swing it in one motion from it folder from the side into it straight ahead of you. Allowing the arm to freely swing without institutionalising movement allows me to 'apply' the block dependent on what I want to do with it.
To say that the upper block is one way and not the other is to reduce the value of it as a taekwondo technique. Today we saw how to apply this chukyo marki upper block to the arm at shoulder level or neck level. Where you apply the force - meaning, striking with the forearm, or elbow, or fist ... is up to you.
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