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16 Apr 2009

Taekwondo Pattern Toi-gye: Yamauke 'Y' Blocks Steps 13-18

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Taekwondo's Toi-gye pattern has the weirdest 'block' - the step 13-18 'Y' block. This is done in a horse stance with both hands held up, and I believe it is called a Yamauke in Karate. Recently in a historic Taekwondo DVD I hear commentary that the step forwards into each horse stance is there to augment the block - utter rubbish. It's rubbish because it isn't a block at all, but is there to teach you to capture a kick, and take down the opponent. One hand up allowing you to control the leg and the other hand slamming into the opponent's chest or controlling his body or blocking a reflexive upper body strike. The stomping horse stance leg technique can either be an upward strike or a sweep or a knee-to-knee strike. What is true is that in this position you don't have to do very much more than to twist a little and pivot the opponent around your own base to effect a take down. While I would suggest doing this technique against a long range, swinging or expansive roundhouse kick, it can be done against most kicks. Many kicks have a limited range of effectiveness. Once you've figured out the flight path and the most probably kick, a strong gap closing move will move you away from the effective striking zone of most kicks. Just don't move directly toward the foot -- and for goodness sakes, keep your hands up. In Taekwondo's Toi-gye, gap closing is done with one hand down and elbow sticking up - presumably to catch the kick on the forearm so you can pop the arm up under the leg. A very good tactic indeed. There is always more than meets the eye. I'm glad I've stuck around to figure it out. Colin

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