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Applications from the Kukki TKD forms

The Korean section is still very silent so I will share a few of my latest Blog Posts to see if it garners some discussion. The series came about because of a discussion I had with another Taekwondo practisioner who felt that looking at deeper applications within the Poomsae was pointless because the originators of the Taekwondo Poomsae knew nothing (his point of view not mine). I then made the argument that I copied below which he did not have a clear answer too. I then wrote a series of posts (4 in total) demonstrating one basic technique (Face Block or Eulgeul Makki) and how it could be applied in various ways. It is therefore not Poomsae applications per se but rather a Gibon Dongjak Application (I believe Poomsae applications should make sense within the dynamic context the technique is presented in). Following is the argument that laid the basis for the discussion and following that is 4 links to the posts:-)

"All Poomsae consists of roughly the same building Blocks as Karate Kata. We agree that Karate Kata had practical Applications. We are both fans of the excellent work that Iain Abernethy, Vince Morris, Patric Mcarthy, Jesse Enkamp and others has put forth on Karate Kata. They all say that each technique in Kata can be several Things however. So each basic technique has several different Applications. Making New forms out of the same building Blocks would therefore be like playing Scrabble With only the white pieces (the ones without letters). They can be any letter you want so eventhough there are New unique sequences in KTA Poomsae that are not found within Karate Kata we can still make Words and sentences With them."

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/part-1-applying-eulgeul-makki.html (applied as a block)

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2014/07/part-2-applying-eulgeul-makki.html (applied as a wrist grab release)

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/part-3-applying-eulgeul-makki.html (applied as a "lifting up joint press"/Gichin Funakoshi application)

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/part-4-applying-eulgeul-makki.html (applied as "Parry - Pass" / "Parry - Uproot" / "Parry - Strike")

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http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2015/09/self-defense-application... Above is a link to one of the applications I teach for taegeuk il jang.

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Here is part two of the Taegeuk il jang series, focusing on the momtong an makki/ momtong jireugi combination (inward middle section block and middle section punch combo) http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2015/09/part-2-self-defense-appl...

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I think it is commendable that you are working to add more depth to your martial art. Unfortunately the videos you put up don't work on my phone. When I started on my path analysing kata I soon found a paradox in that I realised we only see applications if we already know the technique we are.looking at. There were occasional exceptions to this, but mostly it held true. I eventually learned that the real benefit I could take from kata was the lessons behind the sequences: why if I'm jamming a kick do I follow with a high rolling trap and strike, etc. This approach has opened up a wealth of new insights, and many of the most potent of those came from studying and understanding sequences of techniques in their basic form. Perhaps this can be of use to you as you construct your application syllabus.

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Most of the links are to blogposts without videos :-) And thank you for sharing your insights in your own search for applications Dave :-)

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http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2015/09/part-3-self-defense-appl...

Here is the last post (for now) on Taegeuk il Jang. This post concludes the series I have been writing and now we have an article series that covers the whole form from start to finish with practical applications for each move :-) I think I will revisit the form in a future post focusing on drills that one can use to practise these applications once they have been practised in isolation.

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I'm a huge fan of Iain Abernethy's podcasts. Therefore I've listened to him telling "me" repeatedly that he wished for more activity in the Korean section of the forum:-P I have written about applications from more Korean forms so I thought I could share some links here. First is Taegeuk Oh Jang. I gave an application for the opening movement in my last taegeuk 1 jang post. In the following link you'll get the high section block, side kick into elbow strike combination:

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2015/10/taegeuk-oh-jang-applicat...

Keeping to Taegeuk Oh Jang, I recently wrote about the outward knife hand block, elbow strike combo:

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2018/01/self-defense-application...

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Poomsae Jitae has an interesting sequence that don't really work in the kick block punch paradigm. I wrote a post on it, proposing a few different takes on it a while back:

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2014/02/practical-application-fr...

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Here's one where I write about the Kukki-TKD knife hand guarding block (which has a different chamber to the modern shotokan chamber). It's illustrated by very poor drawings, but I think the meaning is clear:

http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2013/12/three-posts-for-price-of...

Iain Abernethy
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Great links these Oerjan! Thanks for sharing!

All the best,

Iain

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Thanks for that Iain :-) I'll share more in the relatively near future:-)

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Here's an article I wrote a while back on the interconnectedness of poomsae. It focuses on how one receiving/defensive (makki) technique is followed up in different ways in different poomsae. Application from Taegeuk Sam (3) Jang, Taegeuk Sa (4) Jang, and Poomsae Pyungwon (black belt poomsae for grading to 4th Dan). I hope you enjoy: http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2016/11/the-interconnectedness-o...

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Here's one post on Taegeuk Chil (7) Jang (outward backfist strike, crescent kick, targeted elbow strike combo. In the last position I failed to use the horse stance as an extra control of the opponent, so just picture that in your head :-P I did mention it in the text though: http://jungdokwan-taekwondo.blogspot.no/2017/02/taegeuk-chil-jang-revisi...