Taekwondo Do-san: View from the Kyu

Taekwondo Do-san

“Pen name of Ahn Ch'ang Ho, a Korean patriot who devoted his life to furthering education in Korea” (http://www.itatkd.com/pattern_dosan.html).

Do-san was not only an educator, be was also involved in the “Korean Independence Movement … under Japanese occupation” (Breen 2001 p8). To this I believe that tactical considerations should look at the freedom of movement and fluidity within the framework of Do-san’s techniques. Very much like the principles driving Wing Chun, movements are done quickly smoothly, center-lined within the shoulders. Breen says “Do-san … should flow, and float, almost as if the whole pattern were performed in continuous motion” (2001 p8).

The take away from Do-san is that there is an optimal amount of tension that needs to be present in your body, rather than being too tense and not able to move, nor being too relaxed that you don’t have enough power. It also alludes to an economy of motion that guides the fighter to strike within certain boundaries or parameters for maximal speed and effectiveness.

Taekwondo Do-san List of Links

Your Taekwondo Doesn't Even Look like Taekwondo
Taekwondo Do-san The Spearhand Counter Against Counter
Front Kick as Hard as a Side Kick
Taekwondo Doh-san: Step 23 Horizontal Shuto or Knife Hand Deflecting Oncoming Punch and Striking to the Neck
Do-san: Nuts about Patterns
Short Range and Close Quarter Taekwondo
Taekwondo's Close Quarter Punches ... say again?
Do-san: Step 6 & 7 as Hip Throw
Making Kata Work for You
Do-san: Defending Against Straight Blast Punches to the Face
Taekwondo Do San Pattern Posts on Traditional Taekwondo Blog
Taekwondo Do san: Step 7 & 8 Backfists of Fury
Taekwondo Do san: Front Kick Drill
Taekwondo Do san: Front Kick
Reverse Snap Punch on a Makiwara
Taekwondo Do san: Double Knife Hand Against Lapel Grab
Taekwondo Do san: Front Kick
Taekwondo Do san: Rising Block
Taekwondo Do san: Spearhand + Open Palm Block
Taekwondo Front Kick Equilibrium and Technique
Taekwondo: Spear Hand
Kick Defence from Pattern Dosan
Drive that Wedging Block into the Attacker
Happily Using Dosan's Spearhand

Do-san Video

This isn't one of our videos. I got it off YouTube - but it's similar to how we practice Do-san.

External Links on Do-san

TKD Tutor on Do-san
MacKenzie Taekwon-Do Do-san Tul Sequence List
International Taekwon-Do Do-san SOund Off

Colin Wee
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Colin Wee said…
Keeps me coming back for more!

Christian didn't see the humour in his post though.

Perhaps if it wasn't associated with so much pain ...

Potatoe Fist said…
That looks very similar to our Pinan Sa Dan (7th Hyung). Some variation though.
Colin Wee said…
... the first few Taekwondo forms are very similar to the Pinans - just look at Won-hyo and you'll see.


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