|This can also be the first move of Taegeuk Il Jang|
as well as Taegeuk Oh Jang
Sequence one: Groin shot and hammer fist strike
The first two techniques done in the form is a low Block (arae makki) followed by a hammer fist strike (Mae Joomeok Naryo Chigi). In a previous post I wrote extensivly about the Word "makki" and its possible translations. You might want to read that one before Reading on. One of the Cardinal rules of Poomsae is that everyone starts With a defensive technique.
|Done in long front walking stance|
the body weight and height of the hammerfist
is better suited for the groin shot.
Forgive my bad drawing skills but I do hope you all understand what I am trying (desperatly) to
The situation you might use this or a variations can be quite different from one another. It can be used as a defense against a wrist hold, it can be used proactivly if you grab the opponents wrist, it can be used mid fight if you are clinching as a hammer fist strike to the groin and to the back of the head combo, etc etc. If you look at the Taegeuk Series as one series of Poomsae aimed at teaching you combative skills then it makes sense that the early ones focus on the early stages of the fight and the later ones focus on the middle stages of the fight. Taegeuk Oh (5) Jang being the Fifth in the series it makes sense to me that it opens up mid fight rather than in the opening of the fight.. But thats just me:p
The techniques are repeated on the other side in the form and you can always be "lazy" and think that is because it is the same Application done in the Mirror image, but you can also give it another Application and thereby enriching the form further. We can look at the official Application here too so we get both:
The opponent kicks you With an ap chagi (front kick). You Block the opponent who (for some reason) grab Your wrist and you use the prepetory movement of the hammer fist strike to free Your arm and imidiatly Counter attack the opponent With Your now freed arm. The target can be the elbow joint, shoulder or collar bone or the top of the head (no I did not make those targets up nor the Application it is straight from the Kukkiwon Textbook).
Normally the official Applications might be a little less realistic than the ones I come up With (if they were realistic to begin With I did not have to come up With my own), but there are many Things here that is Worth looking into:
First lets get the unrealistic aspect out of the way: The attack that is specified (the low front kick) from an opponent that is attacking from the side. The front kick is not a common attack on the street but you might encounter it. The inclusion of it in the Fifth form in the series is Ok as you would have had more realistic attacks in the first four. If you use the Mabuni theory of angles in forms you will put the attacker straight in front of you and the turn in the form is to teach you where to move in relation to the attack using evasion coupled With the Block. The attack comming from the front and you going out to the side away from the force of the kick is OK, so far so good. The follow up strike is a little weird in that the front foot is retreated so you move out of range and deliver the Counter attack in thin air. And why would the attacker grab Your wrist anyway?
I will have to make a post on the wristholds proper Place in fighting and Martial Arts but for short here are a few reasons why the opponent might grab Your wrist:
- Control Your movements and cutting off Your ability to flee
- Stop You from attacking the groin
- Stop you from attacking the throat
- Stop you from attacking the eyes
- Stop you from reaching and pulling out a weapon
- You hit:-) Continue striking or flee
- You miss:-( Continue striking or flee
- You miss and your wrist/ arm is captured to stop you from striking again. Free youself continue striking or flee
I will try to post more on Taegeuk Oh Jang in the relative near future:-)