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"Taekwondo is the art of kicking and punching.
It relies for its power on chock or impact force,
rather than on throwing techniques, as in Judo or on holds, as in Aikido.
However situations do arise in which the student of Taekwondo
would be well served to know some of these techniques."
Another quote from Richard Chun from the same book and chapter:
"You should know how to fall without getting hurt"
The importance of falling techniques has been adressed by another grandmaster from another Kwan lineage:
As I have written before; If you are going to have high kicks as a part of your martial art you need to know how to fall just because you are kicking high. A common tactic used against high kickers is to grab the foot and sweep or throw the kicker. Another danger that I have seen time and time again in Olympic sparring is that the foot gets caught on the opponents shoulder and when the opponent moves forward the kicker falls. The falling techniques are therefore important to know in Taekwondo even if you do not or will never throw or grapple anyone. Of curse once you start practising the Complete system of Taekwondo as a martial art and incorporate throws you need to know how to fall too but just the reason that we have high kicks makes break falls vitally important. It is also the only "practical" aspect of Taekwondo that you are most lilely to use in real life on the street :-)
Below is the last quote from the same author book and chapter:
"... suppose someone grabs you from behind
and you can`t use your hands or feet.
Your punching and kicking techniques would then
be of minimal use. In such a case,
it is helpful to know how to properly apply throwing techniques.
After you throw the assailant,
you can then use basic Taekwondo techniques."
Here Richard Chun gives a scenario and gives a great description on how Taekwondo is supposed to work. Once you find yourself in a situation where you can not use your primary skill set (striking) you should be able to use grappling methods to change the situation so that you can fall back on your preffered skill set again. The strategy of Taekwondo is that of striking the opponent. The grappling methods employed in Taekwondo are supporting methods so you can make use of the strategy of Taekwondo again. Therefore the grappling in Taekwondo can not be compared to the grappling of grappling dedicated arts but to exclude Taekwondo grappling in favour of only striking will severly limit the student in a real life situation and the instructors who claims to teach Taekwondo as a martial art (those who claims to teach a sport I have no problem with) does their students a disservice if they do not include these aspects of Taekwondo. I like the ending of the above quote. Once the grappling technique you did has served its purpose you fall back on Taekwondo`s strenghts again.
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