In addition, and I think more importantly, one steps allow students to practice bringing two hands up and placed between them and their opponents. It also allows students to strike 'from where their hands are,' and not necessarily start the strike from a hip chambered location.
The best thing with one steps are the endless variations that can be included for beginners, intermediates and advance. The strikes can be modified away from the traditional lunge punch to include faster jabs, shorter and punchier attacks. Intermediate and advance taekwondo one step sparring can also deal with the follow up punch from the opponent requiring a more pragmatic response to someone throwing several techniques your way. We do this by performing the first part of the basic one step sparring tactic, and add on what is required dependant on the follow on attack.
In the following video, we see GM Keith Yates performing one of the basic one step sparring techniques from our curriculum.
Students practicing their one steps today had to contend with moving their hands much faster than they would on other drills. They also had to constantly modify their technique against opponents of varying heights. And to be effective, they had to ensure their strikes would hang together on the point of impact to juice up their opponent, if necessary.
Here's a video from one of our classes looking at a one step sparring exercise.
If you liked the above, check out the Taekwondo One Step videos we took during our training session recently.
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