Eyes Wide with Shooting Pain Shows Me You Understand

I had a fighter come to my school a while back.

He shared with me an overview of his experience and his exposure to several fighting arts.

I insisted to show him Taekwondo's basic blocks. Chukyo marki, yop marki, hardan marki - Taekwondo's staple techniques.

The application of the blocks however, seem to be done very differently to what he's used to. Against a punch, a grab, or an attempted arm control - the folds of the blocks were done as limb strikes. No I didn't go for joint strikes - didn't have to. My elbows connected with his forearms, his wrists, the back of his hands, and fingers. The pull back hand? Provided me the other side of the 'jam sandwich'.

You could see the look in his eyes as the pain shot up his arm directly into his brain.

It's not like I've not talked about block applications like this before. My point is - I earned my black belt at 17yo, and it took me literally years ... yonks ... to return to these basic lessons, and to learn them correctly. My implications of the use of the word 'correctly' is to use such basic techniques to get every ounce of power and striking force as possible from them. We should see them as the lethal techniques they are - and not for them to be neglected for other more 'advanced' techniques which might be better used in a point scoring competition.


-- 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.


SooShimKwan said…
Agreed. Those basic blocks are wonderfully efficient and you do see it in their eyes.
Stuart said…
Do you make videos of your blocking drills as Dan over on The Way of Least Resistance does?
I would love to see how you implement and drill the traditional blocks. Even a post covering your approach to drilling would be very interesting.
Colin Wee said…
Man - I can't even organise for photos to be taken for this book that's ready to go. Maybe soon - I'm building up a small cadre of intermediate belts. Soon ... soon. So soon. Colin
Stuart said…
Hey, no pressure!
Colin Wee said…
I would try to do it for you, Stu. The new season will start soon. So, will try to get you those videos. :-) Colin
SooShimKwan said…
Would love to see a video of your drills too!

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