Friday, 15 June 2018

What is the meaning of the term "Taekwondo"?

I videotaped myself nerding out on the term "Taekwondo". I found it a fitting next video as my last nerding out was on how to write taekwondo in Korean using Hangul (The Korean writing system), but while I went into some detail demonstraing how to write the term I never touched upon the mening of the term. Taekwondo is often translated as Tae = Foot, Kwon = Fist and Do = Art (or way), but this is a very simplified translation of the term. Choi Hong Hi who came up with the term in around 1955 wrote several books on Taekwondo and he did also give us a very clear and consice translation on what the term meant, and this should be something we all should learn straight from his own works. In this clip I have included a paraphrasing of his translation, and the exact quote from his 15 volume encyclopedias. I have gone into a little history on the term, as well as a few different interpretations around what the term means in a wider sense (combative strategy, philosophical and descriptive of the system of the whole). I hope you enjoy the clip and as always: Any like, share, comment and subscription is highly appreciated:-)

Question of the day: What kind of topics would YOU like me to cover in a future "mini lecture" like this?

Friday, 8 June 2018

How to write taekwondo in Korean (태권도)

Many dojang has written tests in regard to their rank advancement and writing taekwondo in korean Hangul is a frequent task on these written tests. I’ve thought for a long time to make a post or video where I demonstrate how to do this, but I’ve never gotten around to it. The other day I had a few minutes to spare while waiting in my car and I thought “why wait?” and just went for it then and there :-)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Short discussion on grappling in poomsae + application from 5 Jang

I made this clip pretty much on a whim after one of the blogs readers commented that his daughters favorite taegeuk poomsae was oh jang. I filmed the application and then what was meant as a 30 second to 1 minute intro, but I started rambling and before I knew it I had made a very short discussion on the possibility of grappling within poomsae. So in the clip you get that discussion, you get two applications from the Kukkiwon Textbook explaining “blocks” as joint locks, and you get an application from taegeuk 5 jang. I hope you’ll find it to be high value content.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Practical application from Taegeuk Sam (3) Jang

Here’s a quick video exploring the outward single knife hand block and middle section punch combination. I even threw in a quick application on pyungwon poomsae as a bonus:-) 
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Friday, 18 May 2018

Flow drill for taekwondo hand techniques part 4

If you’re a regular reader you will undoubtedly have seen my flow drills posts in the last months. This is the fourth one dealing with a variation where each partner does a different attack than the other. In this specific example one does a haymaker and the other an elbow strike but you can vary this with any kind of attack, the example is just that; an example :-)

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Part 3: Flow drills for Taekwondo hand techniques

We just start straight into part 3 :-)

Template 3; Ap Makki:

What on earth is an "Ap makki"? I just came up with the term myself:-P Here the attacker does a round elbow strike or dollyo palkeup chigi, which the defender then jams by shooting his arm straight ahead, before the elbow gets to terminal velocity (You'd be hardpressed to "block" a round elbow strike if you let it pick up much momentum). Again the other hand come up from underneath and parries it to the side, before the other hand pushes it inwards and you do your own elbow strike. So the uniqueness in this template is the elbow strike, and frontal contact point. If you click the read more you will see the youtube embedded clip:-)

Friday, 4 May 2018

Practical applications drill covering a whole Poomsae!

This is the first time I have made this public, but it is the first drill of its kind (as far as I know) where you apply a Poomsae from start to finish without overlooking any techniques, and you use all the sequences as is. I have many to thank for my jurney into Taekwondo applications, perhaps too many to mention, but a shoutout to Samir Bernardo who inspired me into making this drill, to Iain Abernethy who I have also taken inspiration from, to Stuart Anslow, Simon O'Neill, Colin Wee, Matthew Sylvester and many many more and of course my own instructors Master Cho and Master Oppedal :-) I have tried giving as much context as possible in the clip itself so it became pretty long, but if all you want to see is the drill itself you can skip to the end (about three minutes from the end). If you enjoyed the clip please consider subscribing to my channel if you have not already done so ;-), share the video etc. If you did NOT like it, please make your own version that you do like and share it with the world :-D