Over the weekend we had the Locks and Throws Workshop as part of our continuing series to welcome practitioners from other schools to visit with us. The idea was to use this series as an opportunity to network with other instructors and their students, share openly what we do, and to grow through such encounters.
Traditional Taekwondo is not well known for its locks and throws. From my observation, locks and throws for hard stylists appear as either a 'module' within one or two mid-level belt ranks, or are introduced one at a time within the patterns up until black belt. This session sought to take that basic framework and try to apply it as part of the participant's combative skill - thus much of what we did started off from a trap/strike scenario, rather than from a wrist grab as most beginning locks are taught.
A good few of the participants we had had very little exposure to hand locks or throws or immobilisation techniques. However, because we were using rather simple motions to flow around the upper extremities, the rate of progression was surprisingly high. In fact, most kept up with our approach to short range combat, as well as orientating themselves with the prescribed locks.
It was good to introduce other concepts: our use of locks and throws within multi-opponent scenarios, issues of dealing with secondary weapons, and introducing leg throws using the same principles that were used during handlocks.
At the end of the session, I had a nice opportunity to chat with one of the participants who complimented me on my form, and who said it was clear how much time I have spent practicing what I do. The conversation quickly steered to how much we all liked training and learning about our various systems - and this is why I do what I do. I could easily hold off and continue doing only weekly classes. But bringing people together for intra-school workshops helps me present the material from a rarefied perspective and this helps consolidate the subject matter for my students. If other practitioners benefit from it at the same time, why not? We can all grow together!
Appreciation goes to Kidokwan Taekwondo, Vincent's Chinese Martial Arts and Wu Wei Dao for supporting this event. Gratitude to our group of uke Christian, Daniel San, and Joshua.
Photos from the workshop are available at JDK's FaceBook page.
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