First here is the Poomsae in question:
The sequence is subtle and happens around 47-48 seconds into the clip. A right front kick is thrown with the back leg, put back to where it was and as it lands a two punch combo is done to the midsection. The right foot kicks and the right hand strikes first.
Many interpret this as it seems to be on the surface, you kick your opponent and punch him twice for good measure. In Taekwondo the breaking down of forms (Boonhae) to analyse them (Boonseok) to find practical applications (eungyoung) is not often done. If it was the serious flaw of this sequence as a purely "striking sequence" would stand out at once.
You see there are a few criteria that a "good" strike should have. On the top of my head (there might be more) some of them should be:
- Suitable striking tool
- Aimed at a vital point
- Good balance during excecution
- Body weight behind it
- Good structural alignment to maximize the delivering of force into the target.
A simple test is to kick the wall with a front kick that makes contact at about 90% extension then move the kicking leg back into long front stance and punch with your back arm. If you use the movement as in the Poomsae (the correct length of a long front walking stance, and not leaning into the punches) you should be well out of range for the punches to land. Also the power generation is off. Should you be able to land the punch after the kick Your body weight is traveling backwards in the opposite direction of where you want the power to go (into the target) so what little force you can muster is actually only your arm with no body weight behind it.
Another application to this sequence is more grappling oriented and removes many of the flaws of the surface application. It is a simple sweep/push with a back up punch if the sweep/push does not work. I am not saying this is the only or correct application every move in Poomsae will have a multitude of meanings and how you break down the Poomsae(Boonhae) will have serious consequenses on what you find during your analysis (Boonseok) which again will affect the applications you will find (Eungyoung).
Above you will see the purely grappling orientated version of the application I am thinking of. you can also see below for a more reality based version that is closer to the Poomsae form.
I did hint earlier that the way you break down the form changes the application(s) you will find. What happens if we take the previous movement into the sequence making it a low knife hand block in back stance, front kick putting the leg back into long front walking stance and punch twice? (look at the opening clip 46 seconds to 48 seconds).
Well I have not tried it out yet but a common simple alternative application with historical basis (as in Gichin Funakoshi himself demonstrated it) to a low block is a straight armbar or arm lock. You can say what you want about the forms applications being new and not based in history and that I am making things up (application-wise I am usually making them up) but using a low block as a straight armbar is very much correct historicly speaking. Anyway; you do a straight armbar, kick the opponent at a suitable target (could be to the legs, torso or even the head), putting your foot back to regain a secure base which to deliver the two strikes with might be a good tactic depending on the situation and range to the opponent and the environment (cramped space for instance).
Note how the emphasis has changed between the first application being a much more grappling oriented one to the 2nd one where the emphasis is on striking and the armbar is just to position the opponent for the strikes. Both sequences contain grappling and strikes together (the first one as a back up, the second one as a finisher), and both make use of simple grappling movements to position the opponent for finishing strikes (first one implied as the opponent is lying and you are standing but
Both the alternative applications I have provided in this post solves the problems or flaw of the surface application. Now if you do not practise Jitae Poomsae you might encounter this sequence in other form sets. I do not know if it occurs in Palgwe form set or the Chang Hon Form sets, but I do know that there are older Hyung (forms) that do make use of similar sequences.
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