Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
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18 Feb 2011

Searching out the hidden secrets of Martial Arts by Mireille Clark

The Tenth precept of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi states:

"10. Put your everyday living into karate (put karate into everything you do) and you will find "myo" (the subtle secrets, the ideal state of existence, exquisite beauty)."

How many fervent Martial Artists are seeking for the hidden secret, or technique that will give them the advantage over their opponent?

I believe that have found these secrets thanks to the hint given by Sensei Funakoshi, and the good training provided by my Sensei. It's in consistency of application, and awareness of possibilities that come from every day life.

A beginner in the Arts might see a mid-level punch as just a thrusting out of power into their opponent using their fist, but someone who has done the same movement over and over suddenly sees other possibilities that stem out from their accumulated life experience. The "punch" transforms into various other effective attacks depending on where, when, and how it is sent.

I have learned that the hidden secrets are actually simple to understand once they are revealed, and very easy to do, but demand that body knowledge earned through good solid experience. Without the right muscle and movement development, achieving success with the advanced techniques is rare.

There has to be a real mental/physical commitment into the techniques that are made to start to build up that body experience. This is where you will start to feel the possibilities, and recognize the weight shifts. It also makes each movement extremely tiring, challenging, and demanding. Ten minutes of training may now sap you of all energy because you are pouring forth your body, mind, and spirit into each strike/block.

"You may train for a long time, but if you merely move your hands and feet and jump up and down like a puppet, learning Karate is not very different from learning a dance. You will never have reached the heart of the matter; you will have failed to grasp the quintessence of karate-do."
- Gichin Funakoshi

You have to put your whole self into each technique. Do not allow your mind to go numb because this is the 30th middle punch that you sent.. wake up, and feel the changes of that moment. Now that your body is tired, is it moving differently? Is your arm flying out rather than straight? Are you using your feet, legs, hips, back, and shoulders in that technique? or is it all of your concentration focusing in your fist? Is your breathing coordinating with your effort, or hindering you? Where is your weight going?

Also, you have to look at how do you move during the time that you aren't training? Are you holding good posture as you work, walk, rest to help your body stay fit, and healthy? Those few hours of training help to boost your body, but it is what you do the rest of the time that will dictate how much success you have in keeping that positive effect. Good daily posture can ward off health issues such as headaches, back pain, foot pain, digestive problems, etc.

"Most people do not realize how important posture is. Posture related pain ranges from the most common low back pain, shoulder and neck pain to frequent headaches and TMJ dysfunction. Bad posture is a downward spiral because your body typically compensates for bad posture with worsening posture. Your lower body posture changes too, and when you start walking around with bent knees, you really look prematurely old, and probably feel it as well. You probably wouldn't connect bad posture and anxiety, but they connect through changes in breathing patterns. Bad posture can cause GERD (reflux) symptoms, constipation and other functional problems. " taken from http://www.mortonsfoot.com/badposture.html

If you actually need to defend yourself, you would want your body to have good posture so that you can have good balance. It is in the everyday constant training at home, and at work that you teach your body to hold itself, and strengthen those posture controlling muscles to achieve that goal. It's in how you sit, and walk everyday.

Are you conscious of your environment, and aware of what is happening around you, and how to take advantage of each moment? Karate training lives in the "now". We cannot worry about the pain that happened when the person struck us just a moment before, nor fear the pain of what will happen if that kick hits, we have to focus on what is coming at us now, and handle it as best as we can with the skills that we have accumulated. This experience helps us to calm down, and face each moment with confidence, and decision. We know that we will make it through, and that each choice that we make will help us learn how to do it more effectively. If we apply this to our daily choices, we can deflect the negative impacts of our home/work environment. We give each moment it's own attention, and do not allow past negativeness, or future fears to control us.

Martial Arts training is like a doorway to seeing ourselves, and our goals truthfully. The more that we invest ourselves into what we do, the more we reveal the hidden depths contained in that activity.

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--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 35 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.

14 Feb 2011

Do-san: Taekwondo's Short Range Front Kick

Taekwondo Do-san

Why would anyone want to throw a short range *kick* when it is so much easier throwing a long range kick keeping the opponent at bay? Well, short range kicks allow you to keep balance, engage the opponent with your hands, deliver deceptively powerful basic kicks, and allow you to recover your COG so you can strike with upper body tools. Short range kicks are not to be dismissed!



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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.

11 Feb 2011

Taekwondo Back Kick is Risky but Lucrative

I hesitate talking about flashy techniques because it's too easy to identify Taekwondo with flash ... and getting older, phrases with flash in them like 'flash in the pan' just doesn't do it for me. Know what I mean?

Just lifting up the leg and firing a back kick is not too difficult. Keeping both knees together and not rotating your hips so your legs separate means you might get a decent back kick which looks a little less than a side kick than a mule kick. If I wanted a side kick done backwards I would have asked for a sidekick backwards. But I want a back kick.

Tactically it is a great kick and can be used outside the context of kicking backwards - a kick coming up at an opponent from 'underneath' presents a huge problem for coverage and blocking. Think Marilyn Monroe - she'd find it way easier holding that skirt down if the wind was blowing from the front rather than from that vent under her feet. Don't listen to that advice if you have rules to prevent you kicking an opponent in the nuts. I mean groin.

Most intermediate belts have a problem doing a stepping forward taekwondo back kick. Call it what you will ... doing a back kick against a target held in front of you is difficult. Most practitioners would spin too much, do a side kick and tend to lose balance and stumble backwards. The key to doing the back kick is to turn only just enough - meaning turn 1/4 way, and then move your backside toward the target in a straight line. Think too much of the rotation and you'll lose control of your leg and will end up looking really dumb.

Again I think it's way easier to learn the kick with little power at first so you can coordinate all those limbs. Don't forget to cover your face with your back hand, and you might cover the front of your body and the side of your head with the other. And like all other kicks, breathe out for goodness sake.

The stepping forward or spinning back kick is a risky but lucrative technique if you get it right. The risk is if you are faced with a knockout artist - and if you miss. I'd choose to do this technique only on the slowest knockout artists. On other practitioners and for fun ... go ahead. Try not to lose too many friends ... it is a very powerful kick and hard to pull back once fired.

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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.

4 Feb 2011

Grandmaster William Cheung Slips Up and Smiles

I was at a martial arts expo today here in Perth, and was pleased to see Grandmaster William Cheung partake in a demonstration with four of his senior instructors.

In a part of the demonstration where he's showing techniques against multiple opponents attacking him, Grandmaster Cheung accidentally slips up, loses his balance, and is forced to recover.

You know what happens then? He smiles, smooths out his next step and continues the demonstration confidently and effectively.

Contrast this with beginners who do the smallest error, beat themselves over the head, look down, berate themselves under their breath, get flustered, and then try their technique yet again - resulting in a worse performance than before they slipped up in the first place.

Martial arts isn't about choreography. It is about dealing with risks in a dynamic changing environment. If you can't deal with small mistakes because of an inflated notion of what you think you can do, you'll find greater difficulty coping with yourself when someone is trying to beat the crap out of you.

Take a page from William Cheung. There are of course so many stories about him - both good and bad. But when you trip up ... you should just smile, recover, and keep giving it a go!

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In the arts,

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.