Again and again I see people lamenting the use of traditional techniques because they are simply to
Traditional techniques have been passed on to us from the past for a reason. That reason being that they are combat proven techniques, and they have been deemed effective enough that they have been refined and passed down to us. It saddens me when I see that so many people dont believe in the traditional techniques just because they are not seen in Olympic sparring or MMA.
Below is a list of techniques that are usually critizised in modern Taekwondo Dojang around the world. I have pictured them first in solo form and then in application form. In my applications I strive to make sense of the traditional technique largely "as is" as opposed to redefine it into another technique.
1: Traditional punch with hand on the hip.
2: Arae Makki (now known as naryo makki) traditional low Block
3: Traditional inward Middle section block (Momtong an makki)
4: Traditional inward knife hand strike (as presented in Taegeuk Sam Jang)
The main problem this technique seems to have as an offensive weapon is how long it takes to apply it given the wide circular trajectory it follows before smashing into the opponents neck. It is very easy to "block" by just lifting an arm and a normal "guard" often makes the application of this technique such a hassle that many Taekwondo students have stopped using it almost entirely if not engaging in formal sparring where the opponents hand is on his hip. The solution is deceptivly simple however as all you need to do to make this official application work is incorporate the dangkinun son (pulling hand) which will offbalance the opponent and make it very difficult to block the attack as you are pulling the hand he would use to defend himself with to your hip. The head will as mentioned before turn sideways slightly and while this is "bad" for the punch it really opens up the neck for a strike so strive to understand how the techniques work before dismissing them entirely. Sure there are many other ways to tweak this application (as all the others in this post) but this will give you a solid starting point.
Move 6: Traditional outward knife hand strike in horse stance
Move 7: We Santeul Makki (half mountain block as seen in Taegeuk Pal Jang)
Need I say more? Look at the picture. It is obviously a double block against two opponents or a low block against one opponent while the other hand is "ready". Those are the two most widespread beliefs about the technique and indeed the Kukkiwon Textbook does demonstrate this as a double block against two opponents at the same time. Mine is slightly more probable and is something you might use one day if the circumstances are right. I have many takes on it and one of them I have shared before as a takedown. This time I demonstrate it as setting the opponent up for a groin strike. I usually dont pull the arm as far up as I do here though. If you keep the arm slightly lower you can follow with an elbow wrench by using your own shoulder as a fulcrum. I simply pulled the arm this high to show that the movement is related back to the Poomsae :-)
8: High section block
As we have 8 Gwe around the Taegeuk I found it suitable to stop this post at 8 techniques. This is the high section block which is very common in Poomsae. As with all the other techniques presented here there are many ways to apply it. As with the low block, and middle section block the high section block works great as a block/deflection but again the observasions shared in the low block in this post applies here as well. Below is a "common" way to apply the high section bloc as a forearm strike against a lapel grab.
So do you know anyone who has lost "faith" in the old traditional techniques? Did you enjoy the post? Please share it around if you found it of interest, and let me knwo if you want more "quick" application posts like this :-)