Traditional Taekwondo -- generate more striking power immediately!!!
I tell my beginners and intermediate students all the time that the number one mistakes beginners make when trying to put power in a strike - any strike, is that all of them focus on the end tool of the strike itself. Might I say, the weapon of choice is only the last manifestation of the entire move. Yet the beginner's focus on power is to clench the teeth harder, tense up the shoulder muscles, grip the forearm harder and try to power through using pure effort.
Striking the target more efficiently
While this tightening to generate striking power may seem more powerful to the beginner, the more experienced practitioner knows that to generate real power for basic techniques, the priority is to generate the move from a stable base. The breath out starts a pulse through the body that moves from the legs, up into the hips, and then triggers the core muscles. The power is transmitted through the body into the arm and strikes the target. This pulse of movement from the base up means you can get more body mass involved. It is a compound movement, and thus, with more muscle driving the strike, the more striking power you can generate.
Hip vibration and rotation 101
The hip should not need to move too much. Lots of drills are done with the hips moving way too much. If the strike is going to work it's going to be a fairly contained triggle through the entire body. This means if the legs are going to move maybe 2-3 cm, the hips shouldn't need to move more than that, otherwise the arm is going to be pushed closed to the target, negating the accelerative force sent into the target. The key here is to move the hips enough so that the body tenses right at the point of impact.
Links in Traditional Taekwondo
- Power Generation through Kime or Focus
- Kihon Kata Koma Part 2
- Getting Punched in the Gut
- Taekwondo Beginners: Striking a Target
- Biting the Hand that Feeds You
Marks Training: "One Punch One Kill", is it Practical?
Joong Do Kwan Chung Sah Nim
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