To give you an idea of training during summer if you are in a similar situation I want to share roughly what we did:
- Gentle stretching
- Knee raises (front, inside to outside, and outside to inside, 10 reps each knee)
- Dynamic stretching (leg raises, front, side, back, inwards and outwards 10 reps each foot)
Dallyon: This is a "lost aspect" in many modern Dojang, but it is one that I am pushing a lot when I teach. We did 3 forearms drills.
- Inward low block, outward middle block and regular low block (all with the same arm before changing arms)
- Inward block, regular low block, outward middle block.
- "Flow drill", (description for a right punch)Partner one steps forward and punches to the mid section. Partner two does a left outward block, right outward block and a left low block motion to clear away the arm.Partner two then steps forward and punch partner one. Repeat many times and change the punching arm.
We then did some Olympic sparring drills where we did roundhouse kicks toward the mid section with our back legs and front legs etc. When this section was finished we had covered the forearms, mid section and low section with dallyon.
The least experienced person there was a 2nd keup (red belt) so instead of nitpicking a few Poomsae we simply did taegeuk 1-8 without count without any rest or ready positions in between. This makes for a very good excersise and it is very "taekwondo specific endurance" in that we are only doing Taekwondo techniques. We had a short break before continueing.
After having some water we partnered up and started drilling applications to Taegeuk 1 jang. This took quite some time, but we did manage to cover the whole form. Those who have read my blog for some time know how much I love Taegeuk 1 jang and have seen a lot of the material that I covered in this session. We did essentually practise ho sin sul (self defense) against wrist holds (same side, cross grab), against haymaker punch, and against straight punch. We used forearm strikes, release techniques, arm bars, kicks, punches, hammerfist strikes etc. I also showed how the higher taegeuk revisits themes covered in taegeuk 1 jang and demonstrate follow ups, what to do if things go wrong, or alternative ways of doing things.
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In the last part of training we did some more forms, but this time the so called "TTU forms". These are forms my teacher has developed for many years.
We rounded up the session by some static stretching and then went on home. At this point we had been going for around 2 hours of training.
Next time I will see if I can get some video and share a few drills we use. Especially the forearm drills since this is pretty much a lost aspect of Taekwondo today.