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May
29
comment How to improve speed and footwork?
I'll throw this in here since it doesn't directly pertain to the presented question, but the background of the question: the two best responses to someone who uses the side kick for maintaining distance control, IMO, are the parry (as already discussed, though there are several variations on this) and the fake. For you, you'd throw a jab (fully commit, but realize you're going to hit air) while throwing a stutter step, wait for the side kick to thrust, then follow the retraction back to your opponent, following up the initial jab with whatever makes you happy.
Apr
28
comment Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?
Most blocks, when executed correctly, are effectively parries (there are exceptions like high blocks and cover ups [cant remember what this is technically called in boxing]). To the author's point, in most cases, intercepting a strike head on is a recipe for hurt (which is why they are generally taught as part of a sweeping motion).
Apr
26
comment Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?
Are we essentially talking about parries? Pretty sure nearly every striking martial art has the concept of a parry. Bruce Lee just made it look easy (cinema choreography helps there ;) ).
Apr
18
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Position-based defense is what we teach as well - the advantage of it is that if you are able to dictate position (which is a bit easier against aggressors who want to press forward), you can essentially use the attackers themselves as shields (which tends to create confusion and frustration for the attackers). Easier said than done (which is why we practice it and actually test it as part of senior-level belt testings), but immensely useful in giving yourself a chance to escape.
Apr
18
comment What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?
Just to clarify for those who might not make the connection: Olympic TKD is what is also referred to as WTF Taekwondo (which has different rules from most ITF-based organizations; for example, most ITF-based styles live off the front leg round kick and base strategies off of both closed and open sparring stances). Love the perspective from this answer, just wanted to clarify for others (since I mentioned ITF in the question)!
Mar
22
comment Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
I think this answer is great, but I would like to throw out that from the Taekwondo perspective, traditional styles use both the instep and the ball of the foot for striking - different techniques for different activities (flat foot for training/sparring with partners, ball of foot for breaking things and opponents).
Mar
5
comment How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
There's a lot of truth to @slugster's comment...
Mar
5
comment How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
Hrmmm...did not set out to write a mini-dissertation...
Jan
23
comment An Ontology of Combat
Why is taekwondo tagged in this question?
Jan
22
comment An Ontology of Combat
I was totally unaware of this (not a BJJ practitioner) - this is simply brilliant.
Jan
16
comment How can I continue to train with a broken big toe?
Wow...are you sure that's just the toe? Strongly suggest a doctor's opinion.
Jan
15
comment How can I continue to train with a broken big toe?
How bad a break are we talking about? In my experience, most toe breaks get reduced to "do what you can, it'll heal on its own."
Dec
30
comment What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?
Good point - the intent was competitive. Edited for clarity.
Nov
12
comment How can I quickly regain focus during class?
That ego comment is key - a lot of times, we get frustrated because we believe "we should be better." That's ego talking, not pride. Don't stop getting frustrated by mistakes - that's fuel you can use to get better; but do let go of the belief that you should somehow magically be awesome right from the get go :)
Oct
15
comment What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?
Generally speaking, a true charge since it's a riskier maneuver against a cautious advance (though depending on your sparring rules, this may be more or less true).
Aug
6
comment What is the most effective way to stabilize a WaveMaster 2XL?
Following up - water was definitely not stable enough (the wave motion really made it unstable when striking the top half of the target). Sand has been very effective and you only get significant rocking with full power strikes at the top quarter of the target (though even then it's not tipped).
Aug
1
comment Proper diet for preparing for a tournament
Good points - updated to fit feedback. The question around the fitness SE is a fair one; to be honest, I'm not sure. In my mind, this seems like a common topic for martial artists and I noticed that we didn't have any questions on the topic, so I thought I'd throw one out and see what happened (and heck, I'm genuinely curious about other people's opinion on the topic).
Jul
6
comment Why do taekwondoists bounce so much? (And how do we help them stop?)
ITF-based styles also tend to bounce quite a bit for the same reasons (though most incorporate more hand work). One other note, with a style that is so kick-heavy, the bouncing helps to conceal attacks until they're already under way.
Jun
10
comment What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?
I'm going to second the recommendation for sports goggles (I have advanced astigmatism with differing prescriptions for each eye). My wife and I both use them for sparring and I swear by them - that first time you nearly put someone through a wall because of bad depth perception will typically convince everyone that a prescription strength solution is in order :)
May
15
comment how to perform a reverse punch?
Stepping forward+reverse punches are actually fairly common in the hyung forms. The comment around stepping backwards+reverse punch being reserved for more advanced forms is consistent between the two styles.