Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
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16 Feb 2010

Traditional Taekwondo on Jumping Kicks

Please look at my response to Potatoe Fist's post to get an understanding of the place of jumping kicks in our system.

Fist in the Frost: Jumping

I think the hip stretch and opening for long range standing kicks is a relatively good innovation by taekwondo. I think the extension of this relaxedness to jumping kicks is a sport-based detriment to real self defence.


Colin Wee
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Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. said...

Going by my own theory. As a self-defense instructor I never got into jump kicks or flying kicks, thus I may be vulnerable to them

Colin Wee said...

Richard - it's been a long time since I've heard from you. Glad to see you visiting.

I'm not sure about the combative value of basic jump kicks between two trained parties. However there are some neat videos on youtube featuring jump spin kicks that are devastating. They're unexpected, exploit loopholes and are fairly quick. This is irrespective of whether you train in them or not.

I would not hesitate to use these type of kicks when sparring or in the ring.

As part of the arsenal of self defence skills that you probably work with, however, they really are out of place, aren't they?