Training Warriors for the 21st Century

Training Warriors for the 21st Century
Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo cross training with Kidokwan Perth

21 Jun 2010

Women Self Defence

The post No One Wants to be a Victim is a response to true life story of a mummy blogger's post on her horrific experiences being raped by a person she respected and admired. My post features a link back to the original post and also my discussion of the difficulty of self defence and the realities of fear that come from physical intimidation - with or without a weapon. I also list down ways in which to become a tougher target. I'd like to welcome all martial artists over to my parenting blog to give your two cents worth on women self defence and how you could become a tougher target. Please be considerate and sensitive when discussing the subject matter.

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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.

6 Jun 2010

Knee Strikes and Take Downs

Nicole is currently studying taekwondo patten do-san. So this drill is an extracurricular one that draws on other aspects of her training with us. Gap closing requires her to deflect and slap the oncoming strike away, control opponent, knee strike, shift his weight backwards and take his leg out from under him. The video is of her starting the drill - so you can see the process of learning has just started and the execution speed is still a little tentative (as is the case with the next video). This drill was inspired by Sabumnin Stuart Anslow.

Nicole Knee Strikes

Christian is doing Taekwondo pattern Yul-guk, which has elements of this drill through the form. Step 7 scoop block, the side kick as 'knee', elbow strikes, and the open palm tension presses as deflections are all utilised in this drill. Christian gap closes, strikes, controls, knees the opponent, wraps his arm around the opponent's neck and turns the person to executive yet another elbow on the back of the neck. This drill was inspired taken from Datu Kelly Worden.

Christian Knee Strikes


-- 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.

2 Jun 2010

Look at Me, I'm Doing Taekwondo and That's Why I Look as Stiff as a Board

I'm looking at some of the popular articles on my blog like Taekwondo One Step Sparring, Taekwondo Chon-ji Grading Oral Test, Taekwondo Pattern Chon-ji Down Block Drills, and Won-hyo: Kihon Kata Koma, and I'm reflecting on the class I had last weekend. I was doing line drills with two beginners, starting off with lunging backfists, and mixing it up with jabs and loose roundhouse punches on a half step/slide.

One of my students, in trying to emulate all the lessons over the last year (basically white belt to orange), had shoulders straight, back upright and a very mechanical gait. And you know what? It's all due to the system in which we teach. Basically what Bruce Lee termed the 'Classical Mess.' We drill students day in and day out in their first few belt ranks to ensure proper 'focus' - what karate would term 'kime'. That's when you get the body decelerating hard and you've got muscle lock down so that the entire momentum of your body is transmitted into the target.

But is this how you should be fighting all the time? Not on your life. Being able to deal with attacks and to counter requires you to be fluid, and to be responsive. You cannot hope to be responsive if you're stiff as a board, trying to replicate a fore balance whilst going for increased reach, or for body deflection. It's just impossible! Taekwondo and karate is really NOT like this. You only go for muscle lockdown at the point of impact. Before then you should be able to perform your taekwondo and karate as naturally and with a good amount of fluid grace.

Cheers,

Colin

-- 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.