Variation on a Application

'Departing from the Form' is a 12.5 min video I uploaded to Study of Taekwondo which shows me performing a knifehand on the opponent, attempt a takedown by trying to push opponent's head backwards, then fail, and then performing counter takedowns after this initial fail going opposite to the original direction or obliquely.

After initial neck strike, I move to perform a takedown by controlling the arm and flexing the head back

Discussion on secret FB group Study of Taekwondo by my friend Orjan Nilsen said that these would be "[termed] 'byonhwa' applications. Byonhwa meaning variation ...". My response is "By variation, most instructors would take a particular technique and modify it a bit at a time to help practitioners learn it better. This particular video shows counter techniques that vary wildly from the initial technique. My assumption is that focus on the technique is a learning oriented activity; as you come into conflict with the opponent you need to be more fluid or sensitive - dependent on the actions the opponent takes. This it is not about technique or variation but the reading of the opponent which is the takeaway here."

First 'variation' was to effect a counter takedown using a neck crank.

Next counter takedown was to use a big wheel motion grabbing neck and leg.

Third variation of counter takedown was to perform a neck throw.

Another counter takedown was to manipulate centre of gravity by pushing on hip and pulling back on shoulder or neck. 
Again, the purpose was not to use this as a way to teach specific technique. Most of these technique have been learned by the students already. This was repackaging the lesson in order to get students to study the action of the opponent and then to allow them to decide on how to proceed with whatever technique best suits.

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David Serhienko said…
How does one join the Study of Taekwondo group?
Ørjan Nilsen said…
Colin by variation I mean you take a technique or concepts from a form an apply it in various ways that are not specifically demonstrated in the form. The initial entry you use can be said to be found in a form. You then "fail" to apply it as in the form and explore what to do from there. The concepts you use can be from the same form or different forms. Thereby "variation". Perhaps I am not making it clear but I hope I did a little better now:-)
Colin Wee said…
Thanks for the clarification Ørjan ... the post was in no way contradicting what you said. I agree about playing with variation. For my argument however, I am looking at how the student learns and how the teacher teaches. It's the same coin, just looking at it from a different perspective. :-) Colin

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