Toi-gye: 'W' Mountain Block
Toi-gye Step 12 - 18 is typically represented as 'W' blocks (in Karate that would be yama uke or 'mountain block'), requiring you to perform them with a hard snap of the arm and a big 'stomp' with the foot. There are a few applications that I actually like which bring more combat value to this technique beyond the swinging of the arms and the stomping down hard.
|Taekwondo 'W' block - as it is performed in the form Toi-gye step 13|
The sketch above from my personal Taekwondo journal shows off the W block as a leg capture and take down. Step 12 requires you to bring your arms back to your hips and can be thought of as a guard or block/cover, and when your arms 'pop' back up, that's the leg capture to a kick thrown at you. To improve speed, you've got to look for the opponent's telegraphing of either roundhouse or side kick. You can perform this on any kick that goes for a good extension, so long as you step out of the way or work around the force of the kick.
You will also need to 'give' your same side arm permission to pop back up under the leg. Do this by increasing sensitivity for impact on the outside or top of the forearm - and when you feel that contact, pop back under the leg and crimp the leg with your arm. You might benefit from grabbing uniform or skinfold at the same time.
None of this will work if you stand still. You have got to be surging ahead whilst the attack is accelerating on its flight path. Protect your face region with the back hand. On contact with the leg, you should be able to reach the opponent with your back hand. This grabs on to uniform (somewhere around shoulder or lapel region) or hair (less likely if you're doing this on a long range kick) or outstretched arm (possible). The 'stomp' on the upswing is an attack to the lower extremity of the opponent or abdominal/groin region. Most hard stylists can ad lib here and wrap your leg behind or sweep opponent's leg to effect a takedown.
|Am I breaching copyright here? You can do a reaping throw or sweep dependent on where you strike and put your foot down. In the above shot you might have hit the opponent in the groin or abodomen and then performed the reap.|
If you'd like to try something different, all you've got to do with the 'W' blocking motion is to pivot and move his entire body towards his extended leg. The 'blocking' motion ends up as an unceremonious body dump.
You can do this with the opponent looking towards you or looking away from you - see the following photos.
|Applying the W block as a takedown with opponent facing away from you.|
If you're in a bad mood, you could even lift the opponent in the air, and tip him onto his head. Again, the 'W' blocking move is where you shake him out of your arms.
Keep it safe!
Pragmatic Self Defence Images
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Taekwondo's Applied or Augmented Blocks
Taekwondo Toi-gye Manji Uke
Pattern Toi-gye 'Y' Blocks
Toi-gye Mountain Block against a Shoulder Grab
Toi-gye Step 28: Manjiuke 'When you fight you need to get it almost right'
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