Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications

Joong Do Kwan's Taekwondo Applications
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16 Mar 2011

I've Broken My Finger and Have Lost the Will to Fight

Taekwondo Black Belt student practitioners in my system learn a handful of Shotokan Karate kata. One in particular is Basai, or in Shotokan, 'Basai Dai'. According to Kyoshi Bruce Clayton PhD in his book Shotokan's Secret, Basai was a Matsumura form that prompted the technician to attack multiple persons from the inside. 





In the version of Basai I learn, we do a jump backfist ala Taekwondo Yul guk (step 1 Basai), hammer fist/inside forearm block to the face (step 2) and then a scoop block ala Taekwondo Won hyo (step 3). The shotokan version does the inside forearm block in step 4. But as you can see, this sequence is repeated several times at the start of the form. 

If Basai is done against a team of multiple opponent - and if the technician is attacking multiple opponents - and if the first step is a leaping forward foot stomp ... what everyone will see is only the person going down screaming after a bloody scary looking backfist.

The technician then turns to face another attacker who would probably be mentally unprepared for what has just happened - and distracted by the screams of his compadre. The technician raises his hand to go for a strike to the face. The opponent is now shitting himself and raises his hands to protect his face.

The hammer fist inner forearm block/strike either hits or not. The scoop block however starts off by grabbing hold of two or three of the fingers held upright. The scoop then 'steering wheels' the arm and wrenches the fingers along with the motion. The result - same side does a kotegaeshi/yonkyo (wrist turn out or flexed back), opposite side into a sankyo (wrist turn in). If you're not going for a finger lock, a quicker sharper motion results in a finger break or dislocation.


For those of you who need to ask ... yes I've dislocated someone's shoulder before during sparring. Accidentally, of course. And had to do first aid with the help of medical advice over the phone. 

Dropping a person by breaking his fingers is far easier than raising your leg and kicking him in the head.

Also a person nursing broken fingers becomes extremely compliant - use him as your shield, he stumbles along with you and you don't even have to hold him upright!

Have a good day!

Colin

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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.

5 Mar 2011

Taekwondo Sparring Past and Present Guest Post by Craig Lightner

It was nice to meet Craig Lightner and to visit his very respectable website Martial Art Book. I thought to invite him to do a guest post on Traditional Taekwondo Blog as a way to help promote his site. Please help me welcome him to this Blog.

Taekwondo Sparring Past and Present Guest Post by Craig Lightner

In the past, it was common for a Taekwondo student to practice a given technique day after day, year-in and year-out. The beginning student would have to develop proper moves to perform the techniques and then learn how to apply them in a real situation. They were about safety and not the lack of it. Traditionally, free sparring was about practicing control. The idea being that if there was constant touching in sparring - the mind would become wild, but if controlled sparring was practiced - the mind would be more controlled.

Traditionally, if one master touched another during a match, he would acknowledge defeat. At times, the defeated master would even kneel and prostrate while thanking the victorious master for sparing his life. There was never any need for a master to strike hard just to show his force. It was understood that a master would have trained to be very powerful and he has the capacity to kill with only one strike. There used to be no rules or referees and the combatants simply fought.

Normally, there would be no injuries as the sparring partners could defend themselves well and if they were caught off guard the opponent would throw controlled strikes. In situations where actual fight was necessary, there were no random movements, only calculated forceful strikes to vital spots to put the opponent out quickly and efficiently.

Previously, masters would never use any form of protection, such as gloves or padding, when sparring, because the art taught self defense and control. That was partially because using gloves to spar with methodical training almost results in the apprentice resorting to boxing and kick-boxing techniques. Also, previously the idea was that if one practices control, they can easily choose to hit when the need arose. Sparring was elegant and safe, but could be destructive when circumstances required it.

Today there is a large assortment of sparring items to assists with you and your opponents safety. From the headgear like Warrior
headgear
to the Ringstar sparring shoes everything is made light and tight to keep the fighters quick on their feet. There is also a lot of technology that has started working it way into the Taekwondo tournaments. For example, the detection vest or chest guard that can sense the impact of an opponents kick or punch and give them a scoring point.

Modern sparring is all about the display of ultra fast kicking, so it vaguely resembles the authentic art. Modern Taekwondo sparring has blocking but not the hard blocks of traditional Taekwondo. The kicks come so fast and furious it is hard to block anything past the third
kick and is the reason so many just back up during a match.

Historically, few techniques were used in sparring so the art was perfected; nowadays, the main goal is to learn as many different techniques as possible. However, as someone said, "Don’t fear the person that has done 10,000 techniques once. Fear the person that has done one technique 10,000 times".

Craig Lightner
Owner and Writer at http://www.martialartbook.com/

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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 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.