Taegeuk Il (1) Jang or the whole Taegeuk series of forms for that matter is often viewed as void of practical applications. In this post I have provided one of my applications for the very first move of Taegeuk Il Jang; The low block in the short walking stance (look at opening picture). I see this move as a versitale movement that can be used for a great number of things but I have only provided one of those applications in this post.
In the drawings below you will first see the prepetory motion for the low block. One hand is stretched out to the front, while the other hand is lifted accross your body to your opposite ear. In the application I have provided this is an elbow joint lock. In "Chin Na" (Chinese for seizing and grappling and yes that was a very simplified translation) it is known as "Lifting the elbow".
You grab the opponents lower arm, or if your wrist is grabbed you can reverse the grip. You then put forward and downward pressure with the grabbing arm (this is the arm that is stretched out in front in the prepetary motion for low block), you feed your other arm under the opponents elbow and apply upward pressure (just lift it up toward your opposite ear like in the form). Done violently enough this can fracture your opponents elbow. Done a little less violent you now have an elbow lock and the opponent will be standing on his toes.
What next you ask? You have either broken your opponents joint, or you have him in an elbow lock and the opponent is standing on his toes. You need to do something more to him if the latter scenario happens and you need to do it fast. Luckily Taegeuk Il (1) Jang shows us a very simple, cruel and effective follow up. Look at the drawing below:
The "normal" or should I say ingrained response in all men to a hammer fist to the groin is either to flinch away from the strike or threat bending forwards, or to bend over in pain from receiving the blow on target. Either way you now have an opponent bending forwards wich means that his head is now lower than usual, lets say in the middle section. He would be turned a little away from you because of the preceding elbow break or lock and so you just follow up with the very next move in the form; a middle section punch with a short step. This punch can be targeting a lot of vital points on the opponent. The previous elbow break/joint lock would have turned him a little so you should have a clear shot to his temple, side of the jaw, ear, etc.
Il Kyuk Pilsung! One Movement Victory! was a term often used in Taekwondo Dojang around the world. If you started Taekwondo the last 20 years or so you might not even have heard it but the above application is surely a good example of that term. One move and you break your opponents elbow and strike his groin for good measure.. Or in modern times just settle with a joint lock and maybe a strike to the groin if the situation warrants it:-) Never use more force than neccesary, or you might have legal difficulties in the aftermath. Taegeuk Il (1) Jang is a newer creation (early 70s) but the techniques contained in the form is from an older time. This shows when you start analysing the forms in search of combativly sound techniques and not going in only to look for block, kick punch stuff. The application flows well, and it follows the form EXACTLY. Nothing is alltered or added to make this work.