Taekwondo Pattern Chon-ji: Down Block Drills Part Two

Taekwondo Pattern Chon-ji: Down Block Drills Part One

Last night, I prescribed a drill for my white belts for their Taekwondo hardan marki or down block. The first move was used as a 'wipe' or deflect against a lunge or jabbing punch to the face. When I stopped them halfway to focus in on the lateral 'face wiping' move, I was questioned by one of my students about the practicality of the drill.

In truth, I do not believe this is the best way to apply that particular motion. You have the one opposite hand folder under, and the blocking hand left to deflect a fast oncoming punch to the head. While it is not impossible to do, the likelihood is high that the beginner will miss and will get tagged by the oncoming strike.

The aim of the practice was to separate each motion of the block and create value to the student by showing that it is possible to apply the block in a few different ways. The speed of the strike also helps with timing and distancing. But it is true, I am not prescribing that the block be used against an oncoming punch in the manner in which I displayed.

I prefer to think that beginner strategy should be to avoid dealing with strikes altogether. So either launch an attack before the escalation or to time gap closing between strikes or to use deception in order to lower opponent's attack/defenses. This allows the student to grab clothing or extremity or to allow opponent to grab a part of his/her body. This then allows student to apply the various components of the taekwondo hardan marki down block - folding can be a strike to the head and the down block can be a wrist break or groin strike.

Successful application of a part of the opponent's body that is controlled then allows the student to take the opponent down and stomp on the closest parts of the opponent's body.

If you're interested in a related discussion and to watch a video of us performing a similar one step sparring drill, check out Taekwondo One Step Sparring.

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supergroup7 said…
I'm positive that there are certain moves that could only be done effectively when you have enough strength, experience, and ability to pull it off. However, it is good to be introduced to the concepts that flexibility of application is possible, and that what is needed is time, and training to be able to fulfil the full potential of a movement.

I'm not sure that a beginner would be able to recognize the build up of aggression easilly, or have the timing necessary to attack before escalation. From what I've noticed, a beginner doesn't read their opponent very well. They tend to be reactive to what is happening to them. I think that your second solution of covering their head, and closing the gap so that they can grab clothing/ extremities would work better.
Colin Wee said…
There are those situations where a lapel grab or wrist grab from an opponent will emulate opponent's 'striking' as used in the dojo ... so the drill variation is appropriate. I agree that most beginners have a problem with lack of experience in terms of physical confrontations ... but not all beginners will be reactive. I know some beginners of mine have the potential to be very aggressive in particular confrontations.



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