JDK's Favourite Traditional and Obsolete Kick

This was not one of the kicks that was taught to me.

Meaning there were a slew of kicks I was drilled in as a coloured belt and a young black belt, and then there were leg movements in the patterns that didn't see much light of day except for when we were practicing patterns. The two patterns I'm referring to are Bassai (or Balsek), and Tekki (or Chulgi). These two hyungs link us back to an Okinawan heritage which extends us at least 300 to 400 years in the past.

Together, these patterns inspired JDK to look at their humble Axe Kick type movement typically delivered to mid and low level. We had to go through several steps to understand how they fit into our close quarter tactics, and then we had to look through several variations in order to start applying them within our training environment.

These 'traditional' kicks are applied differently to how you see modern kicks done - with practitioners preferencing their delivery to mid to long range targets. The technique has gained huge favour with our practitioners because the kick helps the user maintain good hip and foot stability, which then means we're free to continue to use our hands to strike, cover, and grapple.

Similar kicking movements are present in Taekwondo pattern Toigye, and at a stretch, pattern Po-eun.


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Ørjan Nilsen said…
I wouldn't call these axe kick. What you are doing in the videos is outward/inward kicks, or sometimes in English crescent kicks done at mid to low level. In Korean if call them an chagi (inward kick) or bakkat chagi (outward kick) and put on the momtong or arae for mid or low section :-) the one where you turn and kick you'd add mom dollyo (body turn) before whatever kick you did. Axe kicks are as I understand it kicks that strikes from above (naeryo chagi) they can be done either straight on, or inward outward to go around the guard but the power is transmitted downward and the targets are often the face, back of the head (if opponent is bendt forward) collar bone or face.

All of this is semantics and you can feel free to ignore all of it :-P I did love the videos though :-)
Colin Wee said…
Yeah, it's tongue in cheek to call them Axe kicks. LOL. I never really thought much of the difference between Axe or crescent kicks but you're probably right. A crescent kick might more describe this motion.

I'm still wondering why not more people are calling me up on this. LOL! :-)


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