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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Paddle Kicking Drills - Slide Back Double

Here is a common Paddle Kicking drill to practice Slide Back or counter Double Round House kick.

While this video is not intended to teach Double round house, here are a few key points to keep in mind for this technique.

1. Keep your back straight, do not lean forward or backwards

2. This double motion is similar to running in place with High Knees, you do not need to jump high to execute Double.

3. Be aware of where the first kicking foot recovers. Where this foot steps down will determine the distance from your opponent, and is key to the second kick landing effectively.

Thanks to Mr. Sayles and Xiques for helping out with the demonstration.

A higher Quality Windows Media Version: ~5 Meg
Slide Back Double Paddle Drill

Monday, April 23, 2007

Mark Lopez VS Song Myung Sop

While I am working on the next paddle drill video .....

I found this match from the 2005 World Championships, of Mark Lopez VS the Korean Player Song Myung Sop. Its a really fantastic fight with very clear points, and a couple of unclear ones. In the 3rd round it looks like Mark may have received 1 point by accident, but in my opinion, it all came out in the wash as a couple of points were missed earlier in the match.

Its nice to see the basic techniques we work on in class all the time scoring in this match - the Korean Player has a fantastic fast kick, and Mark has extremely strong doubles and triples. Enjoy!

Note: If you click the arrow inside the picture twice the video will play in the blog, If you click the YouTube Logo, it will bring you to the YouTube site.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Part II: Paddle Kicking Drills using Checks and Traps

This next section will build off the last. We will continue to use basic steps as a "trap" and follow up with a round house kick.

This video demonstration adds two new techniques to the paddle drills. A full step forward, used to advanced, and set up the "trap", and a switch step round house kick; which is simply switching your stance, and executing a rear leg round house kick. The switch step round house kick is an important technique in that it allows for a more powerful kick then a front leg, and therefore increases the chances of scoring.

1. Forward Step, Followed by Angle slip step round house kick
2. Forward Slip Step, Followed by angle switch step round house kick

These drills can be done as a basic paddle kicking drill,with the target being held in place prior to the kicker moving, or the holder can drop the paddle into place after the trap-step has been executed, making the pace a timing drill.

Full Step, Switch Round House Kick Examples

Paddle Kicking Drills using Checks and Traps

In Taekwondo sparring, fake motions known as checks and traps are an essential part of a match. In any strategic game, the best players think several moves ahead. In Taekwondo, the use of a check or trapping step is used to lure the opponent in.

Term Definitions:

Check: A fake motion is used to illicit a response from your opponent. Typically, check motion is small, and does not really constitute a "step" - however, if the opponent reacts in a favorable way, the check becomes a trap. The information learned by doing a check, often leads to executing the trap at another time in the match. For example, I make a check motion and by the reaction of my opponent, I learn they are sitting on a back kick counter. I have now learned something about my opponent that could be useful later on.

Trap:A trap is executed with the hopes of luring your opponent in. You make them think they have a great opportunity to score, when in reality, you already have plans on countering their attack.

The most basic traps include a slipping step, and a full step. A slipping steps moves you towards or away from your opponent while maintaining your stance orientation. (Left foot forward for example) While a full step (forward or backwards) would change your stance.

Slip Step, Rear Leg Round House Kick Examples.

The following Video Clip demonstrates 3 "Slip Step" trapping techniques, demonstrated on a kicking paddle.

1. Forward Slip Step, followed by offensive (forward moving) rear leg round house kick.
2. Forward slip step, followed by defenvise (backward moving) rear leg round house kick.
3. Forward slip step, followed by angle step (45 degree angle) rear leg round house kick.

Slip Step Trap, Rear Leg House Kick Examples