Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Part 2: Flow drills for Taekwondo hand techniques

In my previous post (part 1) I wrote about flow drills, and presented the first template. This time I
will present the second one I use, which follows the same 3 point template but this time things have changed a little:-) I did not get to video more so you get this series in more parts than I would have liked, but then again I could wait until I had the rest of the videos I need to complete the post (about 6 more) and not give you any content in the meantime. Something is better than nothing so here goes template number 2:

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Part 1: Flow drills for Taekwondo hand techniques

Taekwondo is not exactly renowned for its hand techniques which I have always felt was a little odd.
Not odd becuase we do normally stress leg techniques over hand techniques, but odd because we have just about every hand technique that you would find in any Karate style. Again, many have a superficial knowledge about Taekwondo, and it does not help that:

  1. Many hand techniques never appear in Poomsae
  2. Many who practise Taekwondo to later convert to other styles only learn rudementary or basic Taekwondo.
Now every strike you would find in Karate, most of the common strikes in Chinese Martial Arts and in Boxing are all present within Taekwondo. Hand Techniques of Taekwondo for actual fighting does a very good job documenting these strikes, allthough the author does it primarily form a "non-attached" striking viewpoint or "boxing style" strikes. I come from the opposite side of the spectrum as I usually like to be "attached" i.e. using my other hand active so I do not have what Choki Motobu called "dead hand" or inactive hand. Most students of Taekwondo will spar using the competition rulesets so for Kukki-TKD people they will go sparring much like the WT competition style fights go. Lots and lots of emphasis on kicking, long distance, and handtechniques are scarce or non-existant. If they do drill their hand techniques with a partner it is usually in a ritualised manner of formal sparring; one, two or three step sparring.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Help wanted: Crowdfunded Video editing software

I wish to provide the readers with much more video content in the future. It has been one of the things that continues to be take up with feedback from the readers: Messages, comments etc on this issue goes a little something like this: "This application is great! Do you have a video of it so I can see it performed as the pictures are a little lacking?" 

So if you are one of the people that wishes for more video content (applications, drills, etc) here is a chance to help me to make that happen. I have a camera (and even my phone takes decent video) but I am lacking a video editing software. I found one of the affordable ones in Filmora which lets me do pretty much everything I want to do, it is easy to use and it is fast to use. The trial version watermarks everything I make however and it kinda spoils the finished product and makes stuff harder to see. To get rid of the watermark and unlock even more features I need to get a licenced product. I have therefore gotten myself a GoFundMe-page on where you can donate to help me in my cause. Everything helps :-)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Micro Post: 3 Applications for high block from Master Henrik

Master Henrik from Sangrok Taekwondo in Norway has yet again made a well produced clip on practical applications for traditional techniques. This time he is focusing on the high section block or Eulgeul Makki in Korean.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Video of a Taegeuk Sa Jang application

I have often promised to make videos, but I have never really gotten around to actually do it:-P Last
night we did some pictures for my latest article for totally taekwondo magazine (joint locks and terminology), and when we were finished (55 seconds later) I thought, why not shoot a few seconds of footage and make "something" rather than "nothing" :-) The result was that we filmed two flow drills, and a few seconds of drilling a variation application from Taegeuk Sa Jang.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Micro Post; 3 Applications on outward block from master Henrik

Master Henrik from Sangrok Taekwondo Norway has yet again published a clip on taekwondo applications. This time it's the outward block, or bakkat makki that is in focus. He presents 3 different applications to this technique in a well produced clip. Again it' his father who assists in the clip:-)