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  1. SJON

    How much leeway in changing movements to discover poomsae applications?

    A valid question, and one I'm pleased to answer. I see non-sport TKD mainly as a "grab and strike" art. What you call "carriaging" (I like the term!) is basic to that. I actually call it "hooking", and it comes in a variety of forms. In this case, I'm not actually taking any extra time to tie...
  2. SJON

    How much leeway in changing movements to discover poomsae applications?

    Because at that point I'm in a right-foot-forward stance, so it's the right hand strike that's the relatively weak one, and the left hand is the power shot.
  3. SJON

    How much leeway in changing movements to discover poomsae applications?

    This discussion seems to have fizzled out, clearly because of the devastating logic of my last couple of posts ;) So, perhaps I can revive it with a new contribution: If you overlook the fact that I demonstrate the chamber on the inside in the solo form (current standard) and on the outside...
  4. SJON

    How much leeway in changing movements to discover poomsae applications?

    Hmmm ... Well, blunt statement of opinion as fact without any kind of qualifying argument doesn't really get us anywhere, does it? Anything concrete to bring to the table for our consideration? Anyway, further to my previous post, I think the major issue of contention isn't so much variation...
  5. SJON

    How much leeway in changing movements to discover poomsae applications?

    Much has been said since I last checked in, and Im pressed for time, so Ill concentrate on giving Andys first post an answer for now. OK, heres the first important point. I dont think theyre hidden or secret applications. I think they are sequences that make little sense when...
  6. SJON

    How does training change at Blackbelt?

    I think you're right, David, and I too think that's fine; it has its place in the general scheme of things. My approach stems from research I started for my own benefit, i.e. because I was dissatisfied with what I came to realise KK-TKD is or has become and I was too stubborn to give up the...
  7. SJON

    How does training change at Blackbelt?

    I agree. But for that to work, you need to be shown the effective techniques before BB, not just "the motions". To clarify, I would ideally teach this stuff (as in the videoclip) from white belt, suitably structured per grade. But reality dictates that a lot of students who come to me are high...
  8. SJON

    How does training change at Blackbelt?

    Earlier in the thread I mentioned that, in my opinion, Kukki TKD's biggest failing apart from the general lack of emphasis on hand technique is the lack of any substantial syllabus after 1st Dan. An obvious area for improvement would be to look deeper into things like pattern application and...
  9. SJON

    How does training change at Blackbelt?

    Ahhh ... Can I link to a videoclip of my own, showing how I think material might be developed after 1st Dan, without breaking forum rules?
  10. SJON

    How Many of You have been hurt by a bad fall?

    I've taken a lot of hard falls in MA over the years, and a few outside of the MA, and I consider my falling skills to be pretty good. The only time I ever really hurt myself was in an MA course a couple of years ago in which I completely misjudged and fell with my whole weight on the point of my...
  11. SJON

    How does training change at Blackbelt?

    In my experience of Kukki TKD, not much changes at black belt. Basically you can now do everything the coloured belts can do, but you can do it better, and there isn't much else. I think this is one of the big failings of Kukki TKD, the lack of any substantial BB syllabus. Sure, you learn some...
  12. SJON

    "But in a real fight we'd do it like this ..."

    OK, got you. Thanks. I think to some extent we are talking at crossed purposes. Im actually talking about the KTA rather than General Choi or Chang Hon TKD, although now that were here, I will give him a mention later on. I am not arguing for or against the existence of alternative...
  13. SJON

    "But in a real fight we'd do it like this ..."

    Perhaps, indeed. Not sure I follow you, Earl. Perhaps it's the formatting ;)
  14. SJON

    "But in a real fight we'd do it like this ..."

    Note: Cross-posted with David's and DD's posts. Hello Earl. I’ll take your word for the Chang Hon standard and the acceptable limits of its variation. There are people here far better qualified than me to talk about the KKW standard too. However, my eyebrow always creeps upwards when...
  15. SJON

    "But in a real fight we'd do it like this ..."

    I am occasionally criticised for altering techniques to fit my applications. Actually, I don't alter the execution of the movements themselves very much, if at all. I think what bothers people more is that I use them for things other than what they're "supposed" to be used for (e.g. a blocking...
  16. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Hi Andy. No doubt about that. Not exactly. "Hidden applications" sounds too mysterious and secretive. I just like to see what happens when I perform the movements at less than arm's length from the opponent and do some things that are a matter of historical record (within TSD/KSD/TKD), such as...
  17. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Thanks! That's really interesting. Even though contact is with the instep (although the first one is borderline) the trajectory is more similar to the new ball-of-foot-forward variation we've been discussing, i.e. a more frontal, shallower arc than the traditional round kick. I still think this...
  18. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Ah! An opportunity to save myself some typing by merely manipulating somebody else's post (sorry, Jaeimseu) while neatly summing up my point of view: The "correct" way to perform techniques [...] doesn't necessarily line up with the Kukkiwon standard. I'm still no nearer to understanding the...
  19. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Now that I think of it, I'm fairly sure I've seen videos of Taekkyon competition in which the round kick is more of a sideways-on forward face poke with a very minimal curve than the circular TKD round kick. Can anyone comment on the correct execution of the Taekkyon version? Could this...
  20. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Unless I am much mistaken, there are only two round kicks in the whole of the current (i.e. Taegeuk & BB forms) KKW pattern corpus, which are the ones in Taegeuk Youk Jang. This in itself is rather a surprise, given that the high round kick has become one of TKD's signature techniques. Further...
  21. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Let me rephrase the question. Why in the world would you want to kick like this (other than to appease some Korean fellows)? Can you personally see any practical justification for kicking like this rather than with the ball of the foot and 90繙 ankle position? What I mean is, objectively...
  22. SJON

    Turning Kick in Taegeuk 6

    Andy, If I understand you correctly, you had never seen this variation previously (which makes it one of those "new changes" I keep going on about), you never use it except in that pattern context, you're not really convinced by it and you did not obtain an satisfactory answer regarding this...
  23. SJON

    Need help identifying this form

    I recall seeing a set of "I-shaped" forms years ago called Taegeuk, nothing to do with the current KKW forms, apparently practiced in the Ji Do Kwan. I think there were 5 or 6 of them.
  24. SJON

    What really works in selff defense

    Apart from the essential avoidance and awareness factors that have been mentioned, I would add: Acting under pressure. Students need to know what it feels like to hit and to get hit, preferably in a context that will considerably disconcert them. By this I mean occasional hard sparring or...
  25. SJON

    Oh, so you do that karate stuff, I know what that's like...

    I think explicit talk of form application is often counterproductive for the "that's not Karate" reason or simply a "that's not what I was expecting" feeling on the student's part. Personally, despite being fairly well-known as a "bunseok guy", I never approach teaching by saying "here is an...
  26. SJON

    TaeKuekKwon & SoRimJangKwon Hyungs

    PM sent. Best regards, Simon
  27. SJON

    TaeKuekKwon & SoRimJangKwon Hyungs

    Hello. That is most interesting. I havent had time to go through it all, nor am I a Changquan stylist, but can you comment on how this version compares with any of the major pre-Revolution standardised Long Fist forms such as those of the Chinwoo Association or the Nanjing Institute? Have...
  28. SJON

    Early Taekwondo instuctional video

    Can I add a pet peeve too? Full extension of the arm in front punches, leading to less than optimal elbow position, poor bone alignment, loss of power, risk of wrist injury when punching something and risk of elbow hyperextension when punching air. The video is interesting and valuable...
  29. SJON

    Taekwondo and self defense

    I do a dedicated TKD-based SD syllabus for people who want it, and a simplified version of the same as a once-a-week plug-in module for the "conventional" TKD class.
  30. SJON

    Poomsae applications

    Here is an interesting article on this matter: http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.com.es/2013/10/bunkai-in-taekwondo.html I do teach pattern application myself in quite some detail, though I consider it a complement to my "core style", which is mainly impact-based. Best regards, Simon
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