The Reaction Hand with a Vengeance
Coming this Summer .... Stop. Drawing. Your. Fist. To. Your. Hip.
I can punch really hard. I don't need to draw my other hand (The Reaction Hand) to my body for me to hit you. Do I have to explain it again? The reaction hand isn't the primary way for you to generate striking power.
Here's a video I uploaded on how to hit the makiwara or striking post. This is the way to learn how to strike with great power.
The only time you sincerely practice The Reaction Hand is when I insist that you do. During line drills. When you do your forms. When you do one step sparring. You do this so you follow the ritual of practice and help your opponents out. In your mind, your reaction hand should have grabbed hair or clothes or body part and drawn it toward you. The Reaction Hand is not used to generate power, it is used to stop the opponent from stepping away from you. But even if that doesn't occur in your mind, when I tell you to draw your hand back to your hip in practice you do so. Likewise when I don't tell you to do so, you don't. :-)
When you do practice The Reaction Hand, I'd like the reaction hand to be pulled smartly back, in balance with the strike, and held tightly next to the body. I don't want it inching past your ribs and I certainly don't want to see the elbow floating away from your body.
When you are not told to practice the reaction hand and you are engaged in combat or self defence moves ... if you pull your hand away from covering your face, your centre-line, or that part of your head or neck vulnerable to attack, you will get into trouble. If not from me, then from your opponent.
Next year, wait for it ... The Reaction Hand-er.
- Beginning Taekwondo and Taekwondo Reaction Hand
- Lower Block Beginner Drill
- Traditional Taekwondo Perspective on the Chambered Fist
- Intermediate Belts to Traditional Taekwondo
- Chambering and Punching with a Crooked Wrist
Principal, Joong Do Kwan (Perth)
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