If you are convinced Taekwondo pattern Yul-guk Step 15 and 16 are two horizontal open palm 'pressing' blocks don't read any further.
I suppose pressing blocks may be used as a way to slowly prise aside a clinch or grab or bearhug. My research into patterns or kata also indicates that slower techniques are done slow because of the risk of injury (indicating level of lethality) and thus have to be performed more deliberately with your training partners.
These two techniques are poor examples of pressing blocks. Aside from the main way of teaching them as arm locks (kaitenage and takiotoshi), yesterday we ran a drill that used the two 'pressing blocks' as a takedown involving the control of the opponent's legs.
The Yul-guk Drill
#1 The opponent throws a left lunge punch. Deflect and strike toward the face using your right hand. Reach down with your left hand and wrap your forearm under his leg. Think of a large steering wheel, turn to the right, and drop the opponent onto his back.
#2 The opponent throws a right lunge punch. Deflect and strike toward his face using your right hand. Wrap your right hand around his neck and tuck his neck under your armpit. Reach down with your left hand and wrap your forearm under his leg. Think of a large steering wheel, turn to the right, and drop the opponent toward his face. (see #4 Yaritame in Throws and Locks in Karate).
The great thing about this technique is that it works whether or not you get the technique right. So long as you deal with the strike and counter, you can throw the opponent forward or backward easily. Just bend over, grab the leg, and steering wheel the guy where you want him to go.
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