Why Yet Another Set of Side Kicks?

In Taekwondo Pattern Won-hyo, you have the first introduction of a defensive (stepping backwards) and offensive (stepping forward) side kick.

There is the inclusion of the side kick yet again in the following Taekwondo patterns:

  • Yul-guk can be to highlight the difference between lead leg and rear leg side kicks.
  • Choong-gun can be to highlight 'hooking' side kicks to exploit gaps in opponent's guard.
  • Hwa-rang can be to highlight short range side kicks for close range combat: using chambering as a knee strike and kicking towards the lower extremities, or performing a side thrust kick to kick 'upwards' into an opponent. 
  • Choong-moo can be to highlight strategic use of jumping side kicks on mid to low range targets, and combinations of kicks to increase chances of landing your strike.

While it looks like the same kick, you should be schooled in various tactics in which to make sure your kick lands on a non-compliant opponent. It's also an exercise in mental gymnastics; to look at one technique and to see it applied in various ways allows you to break free from basics and to respond to the risk at hand, not the situations you were taught to deal with.

What have you found works for you when using the side kick?

External Links for Choong Gun

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