I rutinely search google and youtube for "Taekwondo Poomsae Application", "Taekwondo Forms Application" etc to see if I can get some new ideas. Well more often than not the only thing I get from Google is my own stuff on this blog (so please if you are into researching your Taekwondo forms dont be shy, share with the world:-) ) and there is little activity on youtube as well. The little Taekwondo applications you will find there is most often of ITF/Chang Hon Ryu Taekwondo and not the Kukkiwon Taekwondo that I am researching. I was therefore pleasently suprised when I came over a new clip (one day old at the time of writing) that promised practical applications to Taekwondo forms (Kukkiwon forms).
Now after seing through the clip I quickly realised that these are the basic applications that the label of the techniques give away (e.g "low block = block a low attack, face block = blocking a punch at your face etc). The thing is that these applications while not very "practical" in their own sense does provide a starting point that sadly many Taekwondoin misses in their training. I used to be suprised that many did not even learn applications at the most basic level in their training asking questions like the second move in Taegeuk Sa (4) Jang where we put our left hand under the right elbow while doing a vertical spear hand thrust to get some really ridiqulous nonsense answers (because it looks cooler than pulling it to our hip was one answer I overheard a practisioner answer her junior belts and she was the rank right below black belt). I mean there are really 4 ways to tackle this:
- Give a practical application (some refer to alternative or advanced)
- Give a basic application and tell them that there are other more practical ways of doing it
- Give a basic application and do not do anything more
- Admit you do not have all answers but say you will try to find one