Saturday, 20 September 2014

Part two: Taegeuk Pal Jang

In part one we looked primarely on the first two movements (though I added that the jumping front kicks could be a follow up, and another application for the jumping front kicks). This time I would like to continue with the form starting from the jumping front kicks. The form can be seen below:

In case you are wondering the handsome guy that caught your eye on the back row closest to the screen is Yours truly:-) (A younger, thinner, more handsome and having more hair than todays version but essentually the same.

There are many ways to apply these "unrealistic good for nothing" jumping front kicks and especially so from a "fighting" perspective if not from a purely self defense perspective. At this point the student has gone through an extensive martial art program from Taegeuk Il (1) Jang to Taegeuk Chil (7) Jang. If he has absorbed the lessons from those forcusing on self defense it would not come as surprise that the last one of the series forcuses a little on how to dominate a trained fighter. In fact the whole sequence from start until the first "Oe Santeul Makki" can be a great example of dominating a trained fighter in a very agressive way starting of receiving his attack as I described in the first post, follow up with the jumping front kicks, hammerfist strike, double punch and if needed follow up with an additional punch.

A jumping kick is not something that I reccomend from a self defense point of view, but it can be very effective in a fighting point of view in that it comes with a huge suprise factor. It is unexpected and can catch people completly off guard. If I am to use a jumping kick in a self defense, or fighting context I would rely on front kicks and no one else.

Other ways to adopt the kicks for more "grounded" or down to earth ways is to simply decrease the first movement so it becomes more like a "shuffle". This can be a very effective way to decrease the distance rapidly and it also comes with an imediate attack (front kick number two in the form) which is delivered low (hip area or knee) followed with a hammer fist strike and punches.

You can also use the double jumping front kicks as double jumping knees. I have seen this been put to good use over the years in MMA, K1, Muy Thai etc. The movement is essentually the same so it is no big stretch you simply do not extend your feet:-)

If we do you Boonhae (take apart the form) a little differently now and start with the first momtong an makki or inward middle section block you get additional applications. One is if the opponent has grabbed you while going for a clinch and he has his arm on the inside of Your hand. with a body shift you can use the momtong an makki movement to hyper extend his elbow and follow up with the punches. This is often a strategy applied in Chinese White Crane Kung Fu. If you youtube some clips I am sure you will stumble upon this or a very similar application.

Next time I will revisit the Oe Santeul Makki :-) Stay tuned.

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