Last night, we visited a cornerstone of that 'traditional' nonsense - the one step sparring exercise.
I'm sure you're familiar with this worn routine. It was performed with a side step to the outside and a knife hand parry to the oncoming extremity, countering with a roundhouse kick to the midsection, and then control/trap reverse punch to the floating ribs.
|Photo One: Colin wearing standard battle order|
|Photo Two: Side-step-drag into a back stance variant to displace upper body|
|Photo Three: Emptying the body and pulling that leg back|
|Photo Four: Pulling that leg away.|
There are many positives about 'situational combat' training that traditionalists should take heed of. It is important to cover, be aware of primary and secondary weapons, getting the body out of the way, cover/parry/block/trap tactics, etc. And doing all of that in a fluid dynamic exercise.
There is nothing wrong with tradition if tradition was the opportunity to discuss valuable 'street worthy' options. Are you progressively being stressed? Is your body moving enough to make your heart pound in your chest? Do you feel like your opponent is attacking you for real? Or are you just going through the same routine without thinking?
Don't knock it, folks. Traditional training is good training - it always has been. Being locked in the past however ... that was never what it was designed to be.
Taekwondo One Step Sparring
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