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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Day 1 - Taekwondo - Master Wayne Brown - 7th Dan

Taekwon-Do is a martial art that is used only for self defence.
Taekwon-Do is a modern form of self defence originating from Korea, founded by Grand Master General Choi, Hong Hi (1918-2002). He developed Taekwon-Do by researching other martial arts and by using modern scientific principles to design techniques that have maximum power and effectiveness.

Taekwon-Do is most famous for its spectacular and dynamic kicking techniques, although this has led to the misconception that Taekwon-Do is just a kicking art. Taekwon-Do does make extensive use of the legs, since the legs are longer and more powerful than the arms, but kicks make up only a small fraction of the total number of Taekwon-Do techniques. There are also blocks, punches and strikes with the hands or arms as well as basic throws and grappling. The wide range of techniques caters for all types of situations, and students are taught to defend against single and multiple opponents, on foot, seated and prone, and against weapons such as sticks and knives.

Master Wayne Brown 7th Dan




















Training

Master Brown started the training with a warm up session and a series of stretches. It was interesting to see what sort of stretches he did and would it improve my flexability if iI practised them. There was alot of emphasis on moring the pelvis while in about a 3/4 stretch. These did seem to create a more flexiable pelvis which in turn should improve your kicks.


Right: My feable attempt at Tobi-yoko-geri

Apart from needing to be higher, sorting my arms out geting my back leg up and relaxing a bit more it wasn't too bad.

We did a lot of kicks on Monday, kicks standing still, kicks stepping forward and back, multiple kicks, jumping kicks, spinning kicks etc, etc dont get me wrong I like kicks but by Tuesday Morning I could hardly walk as I entered the dojo.

We were all glad when master Brown got some pads out for combination kicks and strikes, we also did a number on combinations where we had to really reach in with the kick. This was good training, what I considered to be out of distance become in distance.

Below: Is the Taekwondo course photo.



Links

You can get more information on Taekwondo on the following links:
  • bitf England

  • International Taekwon-do Federation



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    Crazy Taekwondo demo

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