Dosan The Spearhand Counter Against Counter

In this video, Colin Wee leads a typical lesson discussing Do-san's open palm trap and vertical spearhand. This is not just one application, but a continuation from a series of lessons which explore the technique.

 Note that the technique is 'applied' so that Colin can receive the strike from the opponent irrespective of what side leads. Meaning, he can make the technique work with his left side out or his right side. He has also adapted the spearhand in order to strike various targets or to establish a neck manipulation and then a takedown hold. In this class, the discussion relates to what happens if the opponent has countered before the practitioner has been able to deliver the strike.

With the ability to articulate shoulder, elbow and wrist joints, the striking hand becomes a block or deflection, and hooks into the secondary strike - become a brush trap. If the secondary tool comes wide, then the practitioner has the choice to tap into a library of basic techniques in order to deal with the oncoming strike.

This is hard style Taekwondo training at its best. Once you see the entirety of training (as opposed to the limited context of this video), you will see simple ready-to-use tools packaged for the student practitioner.


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