Monday, 2 July 2012
Practical application for Taegeuk I (2) Jang
I have obviously gone back to the drawing board on this one (literally:-p) and if you look at the drawing below you can see the movement high section block explained as a forearm strike to the side of the neck and the pulling hand is controlling and unbalancing the opponent as well as hindering his chances of defence. In this application the end movement is not as high as the end movement in high section block but this is to drill the student in followthrough in technique. In Taegeuk I (2) Jang you see this move done twice.
The opponent grabs your lapel, you grab his arm and pull it toward your hip and strike his holding arm just below the elbow joint (prepetory motion for high section block), then pull the opponent and strike him with your forearm to the side of his neck. The form also tells us that if he grabs your arm or otherwise hinder you with his remaining free arm you can grab it, and then do the same technique again on the other side.
The forearm strike is great in a self defense situation as it is very gross motor skill, and that there is large redundancy in the technique as you have your whole forearm to hit with. Miss to one side and he gets an elbow, miss to the other side and he gets a hammerfist or somewhere in between those two.
I can also be used as a deflection of course, but we have to look at the whole movement too and not just one part of it. The masters of old settled with one to three forms in their training. The reason for that was likely that they extracted all they needed to know about self defense and fighting from those one to three forms. One movement capable of multiple applications is brilliant because then when you practise your form(s) you also practise the movement for many applications. Allthough you can only truly practise one application at a time both mentally and practically the transferable skill level is high if the same movement or very close to it are being used in different applications.