Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Opening of Taebaek Poomsae

Merry Christmas everyone:-D

I have often tried to showcase the practicality of Taekwondo Poomsae by showing practical applications derived from the Poomsae. I usually focus on simple techniques or the coloured belt Poomsae (Taegeuk series) since these are the Poomsae that most people practising Kukki Taekwondo are familiar with. I do however practise and study the black belt Poomsae as well as the Taegeuk series though and this time I thought it would be fun to give two applications to the opening movements of Taebaek Poomsae. If you are not familiar with it, it can be seen in the embedded video below (please let me know if the link dies) and you only need to watch the first sequence of movements (spreading low block, front kick, two punches to midsection and then repeated on the other side).

Friday, 20 December 2013

Three posts for the price of one! (mental traps, practical application and more!)

Here are three Things I want to adress this time. 1: Common mental traps you will be facing when researching Your forms for combative meaning, 2: Practical Application for knife hand guarding
Block and 3: why Taekwondo techniques are different from their Karate counterparts.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Micro post: Taegeuk Cipher DVD clip Taegeuk il (1) Jang practical aplication

Sorry for all the "Micro posts" lately. I planned to have one or two each month but lately there has been so much to share that the more "indepth" posts would have to wait. I will make this up to this blogs Readers by providing a 3 posts for the price of 1 on December 20th;) For those interested in practical combative Application to the Taegeuk forms Simon has shared another treat With us:

This is a Clip from the New Taegeuk cipher DVDs. This is from Taegeuk il (1) Jang and is the lang front walking stance and low Block followed by middle section punch without stepping sequence. It occurs twice in the form (it has different Applications in the DVD.

Note how this takedown is extremly basic and uses the stance and movement from the low Block to take Down the attacker. The fact that it is a basic takedown does not make it bad, it just makes it so much better to include in Taekwondo training since it so closely follows how we are trained to move and keeping it basic means that it does not rely on all that grappling training that we do not do (well we should include grappling as support techniques, but we primarily practise striking so it is logical to keep the grappling basic). For a Detailed review on the DVDs click here

 How to buy the DVDs and more information at www.palkwon.com . If you want to show Your support you can always go to https://www.facebook.com/taegeukcipher?fref=ts and "Like":-)

Friday, 13 December 2013

Micro Post; This months quote

This time I picked a quote from Simon O`Neills facebookpage (Author of Taegeuk Cipher) that I really liked. It is not directly linked to Martial Arts though if you think about it in a Dojang setting you will see why it resonates With me enough to include it here. Also it is just a brilliant thing to keep in mind this time of year when the stress is getting to all of us.

"Most people does not listen with the intent to understand;
they listen with the intent to reply"
-Stephen R. Covey
Which intent do you have when listening? And which is most important?

Monday, 9 December 2013

DVD Review of Taegeuk Cipher, Fighting and self defense applications of the Taegeuk Poomsae

If you read this blog regulary you will have read about Simon John O`Neill and his work; The Taegeuk Cipher in a few different posts lately. This one is also about him or his work, and yes, there is more to come in the weeks that follows:-) For information on how to actually get these DVDs please visit: http://www.palkwon.com/en/media.html.

I wrote this a while back but waited to publish it here so it could first appear in Totally Taekwondo Magazine. This is a DVD review of the DVDs I told you about in this post and to quote that post: Short story, buy it, I reccomend it and do not think anyone buying it will regret it. For a much more indepth review of the DVD series however please read on.