This time I am going to continue where I left of: The next move in Keumgang Poomsae that is not yet explored from a combative viewpoint is the "large hinge" or "kheun doltzeogi ".
"kheun doltzeogi " is often mistaken as a "hook punch" by the vast majority of Taekwondo people, and though I have spoken out against label disease in the past this time I want to look at the label of the movement. If the originator(s) of Poomsae Keumgang wanted this to be a hook punch why not just call it Dollyeo Jirugi (translated as "round punch") or something simular? There is nothing in the label to imply this being inteded as a punch, allthough that is how it is treated by just about any Dojang in the world. The arm movement can easily be used as a hook punch, and a hook punch is a valid combat technique that should be in any Taekwondoin`s arsenal. BUT in the form we do the technique in a rather strange way, the stance does not really fit in, and if we are to believe that the oponent is at our side then the punching arm is a little to short. It does not cross our body but rather aligns with your oposite side. See the opening picture for the technique in question.
Now if we were to put the opponent directly infront of our center line the hook punch fitts better, and the stance as well. Now we have some weight transfer into the punch. So a close range hook punch is one application to the movement IF we change where the oppoent is normally placed (at our side) to our center line (directly in front of our body). What is the non punching hand doing in this application? It can be used for a great number of things:
- Clearing obstructions to our strike (e.g. an arm)
- Pulling the opponent off balance.
- Create more power by pulling the opponent into the strike.
- Grasping the opponent to get a tactical feel of his movements and wherabouts. (This is more important than you would think in a close range situation)
- Etc (this is just a few examples of the possibilities)