It might seem really easy to make a fist. Right? But there’s a few things we need to think about and then practice to make it a nice strong fist suited to Taekwon-Do. So let’s have a look at Mr Banicevich making the perfect fist in a video we shot at the Leader’s Update:
We do a lot of punching in TaeKwon-Do, but do we do it correctly? This video explains how to correctly execute a punch, have a look and
see if you can identify some aspect of your punch that you could improve. Remember the black belts are happy to film you punching so that you can see what you are doing well and what needs work.
Front snap kick is one of the very first kicks we learn. It is a powerful kick that requires speed (snap) and precision. The tool used when performing that kick is the ball of the foot.
It can be decomposed into three main parts:
Starting from a walking ready stance, lift the knee of the rear leg up to your solar plexus (below the sternum). Have a strong foot shape (toes already curled up) and not a dangling foot!
Extend your leg straight in front of you while slightly bending the knee of your supporting foot (this body drop brings additional force and then power to the kick). It is very important to have the foot extended as well! You do not want to kick with a flat foot but with the ball of the foot. Consequently, your toes (that are curled up) are in front of the heel; and the ball of the foot aligned with the leg to deliver maximum power.
Tuck the kicking foot back towards your gluteal muscle (a.k.a. buttocks) so that you end up in the exact same position as in #1. You can then perform your sine wave and come back to your walking ready stance.
Here is a nice demonstration of Ap Cha Busigi by Miss Salie:
So now, keep practicing first on your own, then on a pad with a partner and see you at training!
Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday. We had about 60 children – almost 2/3 of our children. A massive thank you to all of the adult students who helped, to Mr Simon Linstone for arranging sausages, and to Mr Duncan Styles for the barbeques.
Also a big thank you to Mrs Michelle Banicevich for getting plates, cutlery and other essentials, and to Master Paul McPhail for posters to give away.