This is where we will develop our basic understanding of Taekwondo techniques.
Please take time to watch and listen to the following videos :
a) Introduction to Training
b) Bow - 1:50
c) Warm-up - 2:33
There will be eight sections to explore. Each section paying particular attention to the relevant subject and different techniques in each section.
See below the the eight sections that will prepare you for your Yellow Belt Assessment in about 12 weeks time, depending on when you start your journey and how much time you invest in your training.
1.) Stances - 7:33
2.) Basic Blocks Front Stance - 10:38
3.) Basic Blocks Back Stance - 16:04
4.) Strikes - 21:40
5.) Kicks - 26:12
6.) Hand & Hand Combinations - 31:08
7. ) Hand & Foot Combinations - 34:48
8.) Poomsae (Patterns) - 38:49
1.) The 'Stance' section will become key as to how you develop as a martial artist. Footwork is key to your balance, movement and position. These stances are implemented throughout your martial art. Particular attention to this section is key.
2.) 'Basic Blocks in Front Stance' There are four blocks in this section that will need to be drilled statically and with movement, see the relevant video for further information.
3.) 'Basic Blocks in Back Stance' This section has the same blocks as in the previous section plus one additional block. So the difference between the two sections is the stance, as previously mentioned the stance is key.
4.) 'Strikes' The striking section demonstrates three different ways of striking.
5.) The 'Kicking' section also has three kicks with-in.
6.) 'Hand & Hand Combinations' This is where bring together the blocks and strikes, formulating combined movement of defence and counter attack.
7.) 'Hand & Foot Combinations' This time we bring together our strikes and kicks, making for a formidable counter attacking combination.
8.) 'Poomsae' The original 'Palgwe' series of Poomsae (Patterns).
Next to the Stances this section will also become key to your martial art development. A Poomsae is an imaginary altercation or fight against multiple attackers, at least four different attacks from different directions. During the Poomsae we carry out many of our techniques, practicing our stance work, blocks, strikes and later in other Poomsae our kicks too.
Remember, I recommend you practice your Poomsae at least once a day, this will take you less than 5 minutes ! Then you should manage two sections once to twice a week. Try and complement the sections you work with too. For example, the two Blocking sections, or the two Combination sections. You could focus on stances, Front and Back, trying different techniques. I recommend you practice your Poomsae section on it's own, not just doing it from start to finish but dissecting the Poomsae and drilling certain sections of it.
I or one of the Coaches are available in the 'Ask the Mentor' section.
Most importantly Guys, relax, enjoy and have FUN !