Overwhelm the Opponent

What a pretty technique. It's effortless. Uke would probably catch some air.

Over the weekend I was honoured by an invitation from Master Peter Wong 7th Dan to teach a group of his black belt student practitioners. One of the drills we did accomplished what you see in the photo above - addressing both opposite and same side arms. Our end result was to attack the opponent's arm or elbow and hyperextend it. No, it wouldn't result in a pretty photo op.

Ours would never look anywhere near as effortless as what you see above. Taken directly from Won-hyo this is what we did - We pounded the opponent into the ribs. Grabbed tricep skinfolds from the arm. Smashed our forearms into opponent's neck. Trapped his arms. Went for punches to the temple. And then we grabbed an upheld arm to apply our end strike to the extremity.

It's going to make contact if Niaal doesn't block it.

The net effect was to overwhelm the opponent. To hurt him.

Even in a controlled environment, the opponent should feel threatened by the onslaught. You are inflicting pain from one spot of the body to another. And this shuts higher-level thinking down. It's hard to deal with an attack like that ... and that is exactly why we have to practice like this. For both opponents.

Yes, that's a bare unmatted floor for Niaal to fall on. I hold him up of course, but I'm taking him down for real.

The attacks follow technique sequences directly from the pattern, but it doesn't have to be applied exactly like that. You can just use one strike over and over again, or choose to bypass one or a few of the strikes. In fact, headbutt your opponent and see the same hands fly up to his face. Then take one of his arms, strip it away from him and attack that extremity. Martial art tactics were always meant to be mix and match.

They fully enjoyed and appreciated your instruction and would like to have you back again. Its always beneficial to experience other Instructor's training methods and learn from one another.
- Master Peter Wong 

Making sure they know I'm there....

I hit every one of those black belts hard, grabbed painful skinfolds, hit their shins, made them do spiderman pushups, squat kicks, took a few of them down, drove my knee into their ribs when they were on the floor, and I remember tickling one of the younger black belts while he was immobilized on the floor. And they enjoyed it! Fantastic!

Looking forward to doing that again soon. :-)

For a follow up to this post see 'Walking up the arm'.


Colin Wee
Joong Do Kwan Chung Sah Nim
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SooShimKwan said…
Sounds like a great session -- I wish I as there!

I'd love to see the drills you extrapolate from the patterns. It is inspiring for me as a Taekwon-Do instructor to see the many interesting ways the patterns can be applied in training.
Colin Wee said…
I'd love to be able to turn a video cam on myself. But alas, those opportunities are few and far between. Maybe one day I'll come up with a book that shows interesting ways of hurting your opponent. :-) Colin

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