Techniques

Taekwon-Do is a martial art for self cultivation, which enables one to exert techniques in the air, using bare hands and unmeasured speed and power, and to embody the spiritual integration by means of cultivating spirit and energy to concentrate it on one thing. One can also bring about the physical development through physical motions during the practice of techniques, strengthen the spiritual power to control the body with a strong will and perseverance, and enhance the sense of justice to become a righteous man as a result of repeated self restraints following his or her own judgement of situations and self determination.

However, one must establish a long range goal in practicing Taekwon-Do. Anything that has no end is meaningless. Even in daily life, one feels contented when a man has successfully fulfilled the day’s work. So is the case with Taekwon-Do practice. One must exert all his efforts to perform correct and powerful techniques, such as punching, kicking, defending,etc., always keeping in mind his ultimate goal.

But, one must first have immediate targets for the training of Taekwon-Do techniques. The immediate targets are the vital parts of the body, which sense pains at a very slight impact on them because of the exposure of nerves under the skin around them. The vital parts on the body, as possible target of attack, count approximately 280. However, this book will illustrate 34 of them, dividing the human body into 3 greater parts, i.e., head, trunk and lower part. The most important vital parts of all are the philtrum in the head, the solar plexus in the trunk and the center of abdomen in the lower part. In training Taekwon-Do techniques, one must have before him an imaginary opponent of about the same stature with him or her to practice delivering attacks against those three most important vital parts and defending similar attacks from the imaginary opponent.

Blocks

  • Inner Forearm Block
  • Outer Forearm Block
  • Low Block
  • Rising Block

Hand Techniques

  • Forefist Punch
  • Backfist
  • Fingertip Thrust
  • Elbow Strike
  • Palm Strike

Foot Techniques

  • Front Kick
  • Turning Kick
  • Side Kick
  • Back Kick
  • Downward Kick
  • Hook Kick
  • Twisting Kick