Technical Syllabus for 5th Kup
As you start to get more confident with your Taekwondo training you can then progress onto double handed techniques. We touched on them in the previous training aid however the ones below are more advanced. Take your time and think about the preparation position.
KEY TIP: If you ever get confused about where your preparation point starts from, simply take your final position and work backwards remembering that everything has to twist.
Many students struggle with the coordination of double movements, this is only natural. If you are getting confused try one hand at a time. It will definitely come. Remember the Taekwondo principle of perseverance!
BASIC DOUBLE BLOCKING & STRIKING
- Double Low Section Knife Hand Guard and Block
- Double Outer Block & High Rising Block
- Double Knife Hand High Rising Block & Inner Knife Hand Strike.
- High Section Spear Finger Strike.
- Tiger Stance.
- Double low section knife hand block in a back stance, high section spear finger strike in a forward stance.
- Double knife hand outer block & high rising block in a back stance. Inner knife hand strike in a forward stance.
- Low section block, reverse punch in a forward stance, front snap kick off the back leg, regain balance and place the foot behind you while executing a double knife hand guard and block in back stance.
- Front snap kick, spin side kick, and land in fighting stance.
- Bandal chagi, turning kick, and land in fighting stance.
- Scissor kick, after land in fighting stance.
- Slip front kick.
- Basic movements of one-step sparring. The attacker steps back with right leg whilst executing a low section block over the knee. When they are called by their partner they must quickly step forward and deliver a high section punch.
Tips to remember: Always remember to aim with your reaction force arm and pull it quickly back to your hip to maximise your accuracy and power.
Defending Position Exercise
- Step to your right feet touching, prepare, and while moving into a sitting stance with your right foot, execute a double knife hand block and inner knife hand strike simultaneously. With your blocking arm grab the wrist. Pull back slightly out of your stance and with your right hand execute a high section elbow strike.
- Move your left leg 45 degrees towards the outside of your opponent and step into a forward stance. At the same time block the outside of the wrist with a reverse outer knife hand block. Grab the wrist and with your back leg aim for the solar plexus with a bandal chagi. Regain your balance and step forward, turning backwards execute a high section punch with your right hand. You should end up in a forward stance.
- From your ready position as the attack comes forward quickly throw a bandal chagi to the kidney with your left leg. Literally stepping foot to foot, put the kicking leg down and immediately execute a high section turning kick with your right foot. Land in fighting stance.
Tips to remember:
- If you are not flexible enough to kick high section don’t worry. Everybody’s flexibility improves with practicing your stretching. Until you reach that stage it is fine to kick middle section or even low. The most important thing is pinpointing your technique to the target whenever it may be.
- It is a misconception that the higher you kick the better you are at Taekwondo. Even though it looks good, flexibility doesn’t not automatically mean power, it means you are flexible! If you have no focus or power at the end of your technique, however high you can kick, it will just look like dancing not martial art. I would recommend starting low and building up slowly.
- It is better to do a technically correct low technique that would be affective than to kick high with no power. Bear in mind as a martial artist you need to be able to choose where you would like to hit which may include low and middle section targets. Being able to kick high is not necessarily superior, it just looks better.
- This exercise is designed to improve your coordination and to try and get you to keep the weight on the balls of your feet so that you can move quicker by practicing small intricate steps.
Take your fighting stance and throw a back leg bandal chagi, get your balance by bending your knee, place your foot slightly behind you. With your opposite leg (which should be slightly infront) take a small step backwards to level your two feet up. Take a tiny step forward with your original foot and throw a bandal chagi with your back leg.
This sounds very confusing! But watch carefully and as you become better at the exercise increase your speed and decrease the size of your steps so that it is done on the spot.
When you and a partner become competent try practicing together. Remembering to take an opposite fighting stance and keeping you elbows up out of the way so no injuries arise.