We're all in a Taekwondo fighting stance. Weight is more or less equal on both feet, with a little more on the front foot. Hands up up for coverage, chin is tucked in for support. There's optimal tension in our bodies. You hear the count, "1," and you lean back, bring your knee up, send your hips out, and fire off the front kick. Then you snap it back like a champion, and set it back on the ground.
Except you're not longer in a fighting stance. Your COG is now on your back foot. Your hands were flapping around, and you're not covered as well as you were before.
Line drills notoriously screw around with your brain. You get to the line and you typically switch off thinking about what you're trying to do. That's why you need to visualise your opponent in front of yourself. In Taekwondo, there is NO POINT just kicking for the sake of kicking. You need to aim and tactically launch a kick that's going to land. If there is no angle of entry or target exposure, don't fire a kick or make to strike the opponent. It's foolish.
So at the line, after you fire off what you've got to fire off, you have to force yourself back into a Taekwondo fighting stance. The opponent must always be kept guessing as to what you've got to do. Favouring a side kick or back kick or roundhouse kick without thinking about it is not to your advantage. Unless of course that is what you want your opponent to think!
-- 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.