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.
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
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