I tell my beginners and intermediate students all the time that the number one mistakes that beginners make when trying to put power in a strike - any strike, is that all of them first focus on the strike itself. Might I say it again, the weapon of choice is merely the last manifestation of the entire move. Yet the focus is always to clench the teeth harder, tense up the muscles more in the end, grip the forearm harder and then try to power through using shoulder muscles.
Striking the target more efficiently
While this end surge in power may seem more powerful to the beginner, the more experience practitioner knows that to generate real power for basic techniques, the first focus has to be generating the initial 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.
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.
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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