Patterns: The Devil Is In The Details - Part 2
by Stuart Anslow
Speaking of jumping and spinning, here is a quick hint for those that struggle with the 360 degree jump in Choong-Moo tul. I see it time and time again, and that is students trying to execute this turn by jumping up and keeping their legs dangling—none, and I mean zero, ever land correctly, with the majority almost falling over as they off balance, but the secret is actually pretty simple... Tuck your legs up as you spin! By the way, it is also a good idea to throw your arms back (in chamber position) and keep them their throughout the spin, in preparation for the Knifehand Guarding Block as you land!
Juche’s Dodging Reverse Turning Kick
This is perhaps one of the hardest techniques to perform within the Ch’ang Hon patterns, which may be the reason ITF-C changed it to a Flying Reverse Hooking Kick. However, for the rest of us it remains a Dodging Reverse Turning Kick!
Now, I have seen this performed in a number of ways, from slow motion, to holding the kicking leg out as we land and a few other variations.
But, the correct way is that the kick should be executed whilst in mid-air. It should be locked straight (as all reverse turning kicks are) and it should be performed as we are jumping backwards (which is the dodging reference of the technique). It is performed at full speed, as opposed to slow motion and should be executed whilst in the air, not as we land, as we are told to land in an L-Stance with a forearm Guarding Block!
More on Juche in part 3.
The musings in this article are randomly off the top of my head, but the photo’s and foot diagrams are taken from my books ‘The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns: The Complete Patterns Resource For Ch’ang Hon, ITF & GTF Students Of Taekwon-Do” and feature Dan grade students from Rayners Lane Taekwon-Do Academy.