Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
JDK Instructors share the passion with ITF friends in Perth

28 Aug 2009

Chon-ji and Dan-gun - Kiss and Tell

In my school, Taekwondo's Chon-ji and Dan-gun teach a very different approach to fighting. In Chon-ji you have this really powerful basic moves that seek to break and strike with lots of commitment. But the opposite is not true of Dan-gun, meaning that it doesn't teach a lack of commitment - it does however teach a very important lesson ... not all fighting requires you to switch of your thinking brain and put 100% brawn into your attack. There is the case to gauge the opponent, size up the situation, decide on the most opportune moment ... and then make your move. Switch off your opponent - don't switch off yourself!

Regards,

Colin

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Colin Wee
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25 Aug 2009

... and that's found in Traditional Taekwondo?

Last weekend I found myself talking shop with a martial arts enthusiast who's associated with my martial arts school. The issue we were discussing was short range striking techniques, whereupon I took the opportunity to hit my friend a couple of times with a few techniques that depended on the retraction of the arm to generate power for close range strikes. He seem amazed and asked if these techniques were indeed found in Traditional Taekwondo. I gladly obliged to demostrate the technique framed with various other moves straight from the pattern. He seemed satisfied that these were really 'Taekwondo' moves. Actually, I could show him anything and say they were really Traditional Taekwondo. In fact I could pick apart most Karate techniques or ITF/WTF techniques and say they're traditional taekwondo. The fact is that for the 24 patterns we have (and the few others I practice), most any sort of move would represent whatever kind of strike or defence you may dream about. You can see anything you want from any of the moves in our patterns. This is a point of contention I have with seeing 1000 ways to do the same thing in any one pattern. While there is some value to exploring possibilities, there is also great validity in rationalising the patterns as a training program or a strategic premise for fighting. Efficacy is established through core tactics (to improve reaction time), variations (to deal with a changeable environment), and then variability of threats (to deal with non-standard attacks). But yes ... that's all found in Traditional Taekwondo. :-) Regards, Colin
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Colin Wee
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1 Aug 2009

Taekwondo Pattern Dan Gun: Variations on a Theme

Dan Gun: Step 17 and 18 Vertical Shuto to the Neck

I finished the practical demo on my yellow belt and turned around to look for another 'volunteer' and saw my green belt standing there with a surprised look on his face. You never taught me that, he said. Of which I incredulously replied, yes I did.

Basically the move in question pertained to Steps 17 and 18 of Taekwondo pattern Dan-gun. This is the vertical knife hand fold with a 260 reverse turn and a downward strike. A description of the technique, and that particular lesson is actually recorded in the above blog post.

But he is correct, I did not teach him that exact variation I taught this particular yellow belt. The variation I just taught was a faster cross over of the hands that created an additional blocking motion whilst entering the arms. It allows a smaller and faster individual some skills to be able to blitz an attacker who's not expecting hands to move that fast.

While I teach to a syllabus, there are times when the interpretation and the needs of the students 'requires' me to seek out variations on a theme that I feel will be more valuable to individual students. Sometimes I think long and hard about these, sometimes I don't think too much about them.

Given that we're a close community, he was able to see this variation ... and given he's further along the learning curve, will take a mental snapshot for the bag of tricks he's accumulating.

Keep at it folks! It doesn't get boring!

Colin

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Colin Wee
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