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).
The first application is against a double wrist grab. I have shown it before on my blog so feel free to skip it if you do not want to see it. It starts roughly 2 minutes and 34 seconds into the clip below
The next one is against a two handed lapel grab. First the opponent have grabbed your lapel with both of his arms (picture below:)
Sorry about the poor drawing but on the bright side the information is free:-) As you are grabbed you use the opening presented by the fact that both of his arms are occupied by thrusting your fingers into vital points just under his jaw line and into the neck at a 45 degree upward angle. This is the preperation to the lower spreading block. The crossing of the arms in this application signifies the follow through. You do not need to break your fingers here, the attacking tool (spear hand) coupled with the correct target (keupsu or vital point) means that you do not need to use full force to get a response.
The first drawing below shows the strike:
As my drawing skills totally suck (but the information is free:-D ) I have included a second drawing below detailing the vital points along with the optimal attacking angle:
You can then keep your arms low if you broke his grip and by doing so keeping his defenses out of the way for the incoming strike (knee strike or front kick or both) or you can grab his shoulders and pull him down into the aforementioned knee strike/ front kick (or both). In forms performance you lift your arms into a guard with closed hands so this could be interpreted as a grab and pull down of the shoulders. The knee strike front kick or combo follows imidiatly shown below:
|First knee strike to a suitable target|
Followed by a front kick shown above and two punches to any opening and suitable target you can take advantage from. In the form you do the strikes with a dangki son (pulling hand to the hip) and this is great if you use it as an unbalancing technique or as a form of limb control etc but in the drawing below I have opted for a boring simple punch without the pulling hand in use. The other hand that it not punching is not in use so it is held high in front of the body to be ready. Do not hang up on this detail as the situation warrants what you do and in this case no limb control was called for (since I draw the picture:p )
And that was it for today. I do hope you all have a very nice Christmas (this was published on December 24th 2013)