Sooner or later in Taekwondo, you'll find yourself in front of an opponent in a sparring session. Many meginners have real difficulty starting this aspect of their martial arts training. You fumble trying to decide what technique to use and how to land it, you're scared of getting hit, and you're trying to figure out how to not get hit. When you think of moving you might move left and right, and if you're really jumpy - you might backpedal when your opponent surges in to you.
This is a real problem of standup fighting - an opponent not rooted in the ground can move around! And even if you can land a strike on your opponent, he might relax and absorb the strike and/or backpedal. Yesterday we practiced a basic skill - grabbing on to the opponent before striking. In Taekwondo pattern Chon-ji, the first move is a down block to the left. Before the lunge punch starts - the down block is extended forward in what should only be a reach out into a controlling grip on the opponent - and this is done in order to land a fully committed strike on an that can and may try to move backwards away from you.
So in our drill, we practiced stepping forward and 1) grabbing the opponent's extended arm with palm facing out, and 2) grabbing the opponent's arm held in a combative stance. For both we use a cross handed reach with the back hand (which of course becomes the front hand when you step forward). We then progressed to grabbing on to the opponent's uniform. This is done slightly differently - instead of just making a circular move to grab onto an extremity, we lunged deep, applied a trap or forward pressure either on opponent's lead hand or straight onto the lapel or shoulder region before getting a control on the opponent's uniform.
When you get a grip - you need to strike immediately using other hand.
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