This clip serves two purposes. Purpose one is to bring the "Makki Tul" into the spotlight. This is a training apparatus described in detail in Tae Kwon Do Korean Art of Self Defense by Choi Hong Hi published in 1965, as well as being in the Encyclopedias until at least 1986. Despite this and its popularity in Taekwondo`s root martial arts it has all but dissapeared in modern Taekwondo. My contraction is of a much simpler sort though so it can not really live up to the older Makki Tul but it is good enough for sideways blocks.
The second purpose is to look at how the sonnal bakkat makki in taegeuk sam jang can be used for dealing with straight attacks.
- First stage which most People learn is the "an makki" or inward block.
- Second (if you were my student) you would add a bakkat makki for parry pass method
- Openhanded version for easier trapping
- Grab and pull
After getting comfortable, start trying it with openhand variation. This makes it (at least for me) easier to integrate a grab into the mix. From there a punch counter is not far away. When you do the full combination (inward parry - pass - grab and pull - punch) you are actually applying the L-Stance or back stance middle section knife hand block, into a long front stance middle section punch found in the middle of Taegeuk Sam Jang. It is a nice short drill I think :-)
The great thing about the Makki tul is that you get some feedback on the blocks. Since I have used elastic cargo strops I get some resistance from the blocked arm when going side to side. Also you get something real to deal with. It cant compare to live partner practise, but when you dont have any partner available this is a step up from shadow boxing as you have something live concrete thing to play with. The distance between you and is also real. If you get too close you cant strike effectivly. It is great to practise "defensive entries" and what to do from there. I hope to share some more videos in the future playing around with this, + some partner drills to put them into perspective.
Dont hessitate to share your thoughts and feedback on this :-)