Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
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20 Apr 2010

Taekwondo Sparring Bingo

I'm bringing to training a cool game in which I created some time ago but have not used in the last few years. It's a taekwondo sparring bingo sheet ... 9 taekwondo techniques listed on a single sheet of paper (several sheets are produced to increase variety). You cross out each taekwondo technique you successfully perform during the sparring session. Once you've finished with the entire sheet, you get to sit down. Taekwondo sparring shouldn't be the best techniques against weaker opponents all the time - this is the worst use of this practice! This isn't good practice, and many traditional masters like Gichin Funakoshi totally disagreed with free sparring. Sparring should teach proper breathing, coverage, movement, speed, and reactions. Allowing yourself to use different techniques helps build a broader range of skills, and helps you test the tactics as studied from taekwondo patterns. Keep challenging yourself and you will definitely BINGO!

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Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia.

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9 Apr 2010

Taekwondo Back Kick

As a progression from the various side kicks taught to my blue belt, we added in the back kick to his bag of tricks. The drill starts off in a horse stance side on to the target. The turn is a 90 degree backward turn. The heel is picked up leaving the kicking knee close to the support knee. The head is turned enough to see the target in the peripheral vision. The kick is performed so that the heel hits the target and the toes are pointing downwards.

Mistakes that kickers do is to turn hard, spinning more than necessary. This is a back kick and not one that generates power with the turn. Make sure the turn is small and conservative. Another mistake is that kickers turn and raise the the kicking hip higher and counter balanced with a tilted body. This allows kickers to perform nice head high side kicks. This is not a spinning side kick. The back kick should be able to come under an attacking leg - like a roundhouse or a side kick.

The start point needs to have the kicker's backside pointing at the target, and during the drill it might be useful for the kicker to turn, stop, wait, then kick at the target. Keeping the knee tight to the support leg allows the kick to come up from 'under' ... making it very difficult to defend against.

Power generation if for the front kick involves pushing the hips forward with the support leg. With the back leg, the support leg pushes the backside toward the target.

If the kick is done well you should be able to drop the kicking foot right next to the support foot. If equilibrium or balance is out, your head will wobble either left or right and your feet will land separately.

Make sure to keep one hand covering the face - I like to use my back hand crossed over. The front hand can be kept down to cover the ribs and the groin.

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Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia.

Connect with Colin on FaceBook and Traditional Taekwondo Group on FB.

4 Apr 2010

Beginning Sparring

A dialog is starting up between Instructor Ray Manion and myself regarding taekwondo sparring at

http://traditionaltaekwondo.blogspot.com/2008/07/beginning-sparring-in-traditional.html

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Colin Wee
Traditional Taekwondo Techniques, Patterns, and Applications at the Traditional Taekwondo Blog. [Subscribe using email or RSS feeds] [Tkd Sitemap]. Colin is a martial art instructor with 25 years of experience across three continents. Colin leads a small Traditional Taekwondo group for adults in Perth, Western Australia.

Connect with Colin on FaceBook and Traditional Taekwondo Group on FB.