Amateur Hour

Move aside instructors, it's amateur hour.

Call for a front kick. Amateurs think of only the foot and putting as much power into the leg as it strikes the bag.

Think about a jab. The amateurs again only focus on their fist and flip it out. Their elbows are low, and the punch is only powered by tricep strength.

In my hard style system, power is generated by body mass and momentum. A good stable stance is only good to propel the mass of your body toward your opponent. The breath out tenses the abs so that there is transmission of power from the lower body into the upper body. Finally, the upper body tenses in order to send the power of the entire body through the respective weapon.

The weapon is the last bit of the equation, and is chosen for it's tactical advantage.

The weapon should not be thought of first.

Unless of course, it's amateur hour.

-- 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.


Anonymous said…
Right on Colin! I enjoy reading your posts on traditional tae kwon do. As a traditional tkdist for 23 years now, I understand a lot about what you write, so I have finally decided to contact you.

If you would like, I don't write about traditional tkd as much as I'd like, but I do post a bit about my experiences as an instructor. Check us out too. I have added you to our blog roll at This blog started out as a blog for my webstore, but it is now more of an informative blog. I might even split out into a second blog and focus more on informing the martial arts world.

Anyway, I look forward to more of your thoughts.

With respect,

Joe Sayles, Jr.
Colin Wee said…
Hey Joe,

Great hearing from you.

I mostly find great difficulty talking about what I do. All other Taekwondo practitioners are doing some new fangled ITF or WTF style and I end up feeling like an old crazy uncle who listens to evergreen classics, if you get what I mean.

That's why I started this blog - to help capture this story about my continuing art, which I still find quite interesting.

Would you like to do a guest post on this blog? Let me know ... and you can promote your blog as well. Would love to hear from you, your background, and your direction.

Went to your site ... going to email you a product inquiry soon.



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