Thursday, June 20, 2013

Taekwondo Punching Technique

The punch (Jireugi) in Taekwondo is different from that of some martial arts. The way the fist is formed is relatively the same and consists of the basic wrapping of the thumb around the curled up fingers. The real difference in comparison to, say, boxing, is the matter in which the punch is thrown.

  Taekwondo as a whole is mostly centered around kicking, so punches are not generally used in an offensive manner. Instead they are thrown from a defensive position if the opponent has gotten too close. A defensive position usually indicates a rooted base without too much movement. Therefore, punches in Taekwondo are thrown with little, if any, rotation, movement, or pivoting of the legs or feet. The power generated comes from the rotation of the upper body and the final twist of the wrist. This theory can be seen in punching drills practiced in the horse riding stance (Annun Sogi), where the upper body and arms are the instruments of movement, while the legs stay firmly rooted to one spot.

                       What are the advantages and disadvantages of this method?

  • Steady base allowing for a quick transition towards attacking the opponent with kicks
  • A solid position that allows better coping with leg kicks and allows for checks without compromising position
  • A tight guard 
  • Discourages overextending/reaching too far to hit your opponent with your punches
  • Noticeable lack of power compared to boxing technique  
  • Noticeable lack of speed compared to boxing technique
  • Diminished reach of punch

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fighters Say the Damndest Things

“I don’t want to lick any butt.” – GSP

“I'm the oldest I’ve ever been, right now” – Tim Sylvia

 “Somebody's telling me that about my wife; I'm sorry sir I'm going to have to break your leg.” – Bas Rutten

“I am impervious to all pain!” – Pat Smith during UFC 1, prior to tapping out to Shamrock

“I didn't use steroids” – Sean Sherk

“90 percent of the game is half mental” – Tim Sylvia

"I don't initiate violence, I retaliate" - Chuck Norris

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat
people up." - Muhammad Ali 

 "Yesterday I was lying, today I am telling the truth." -Bob Arum

And a whole slew of Mike Tyson quotes:

My power is discombobulatingly devastating."

"When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy nonesense - people shouldn't read that stuff"

"My biggest weakness is my sensitivity. I am too sensitive a person."

"He called me a 'rapist' and a 'recluse'. I´m not a recluse."