The result was that people almost instantly applied the traditional movements without any problems. Whereas I had tried to get them to apply small sequences just like in their forms, this time I isolated some core concepts and let them at it.
In the clip below we see the first drill. It simply isolates a traditional taekwondo punch. In essence we grab and pull the opponents arm with one hand and punch with the other. Natural, simple and effective way of getting a punch in through the opponents defenses.
I quickly demonstrate a lead hand variant, but we just drilled using the lead hand to clear a path for our back hand cross. For variety if the students internalize the basic premise quickly you can start varying while using the basic template of the drill by starting from a contact point (you cross your arm with your opponents arm). This can for instance simulate that your initial strike was blocked, or parried by a flinch response. You grab and pull with the hand that is in contact and punch with the other. The skill is a valuable one as I said if you punch and the opponent blocks this is a basic way to clear the limbs that are in the way and get a shot in. Most Taekwondo students that I have seen rarely if ever practise what to do if the opponent defends against hand strikes.
After internalizing the core concept of using both hands while striking you can add other elements gradually. In the clip below you can see one way we added to the first drill by incorporating a simple elbow joint lock and a punch. In the clip I let the opponent get up a little from the joint lock so we can safely simulate a punch into the focus mitt which represents the opponents head. That is simply something we do to drill using impact, in actual application I would never let the opponent get up like that.
By adding the elbow joint lock and punch, I also added one application to traditional low block and punch combination. You could say that this is one possible applicaiton for Taegeuk 1 Jang move 3 (short stance mid section punch) and move 5a+5b (move 90 degrees into low block and mid section punch).
Additional variations can be to change the last punch into another joint lock (outward wrist throw for instance) and deliver a finishing blow to the pad when the opponent has landed on his back.
Just comment if you have any questions about the drill :-)
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