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How To: Continuous Motion

How To: Continuous Motion

Anyone above the rank of yellow stripe in Ch’ang Hon taekwon-do knows what continuous motion is. It’s that weird motion in the latter half of Dan-Gun tul. But General Choi didn’t define continuous motion in the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, so…
How To: Twin Forearm Block and Twin Knife-Hand Block

How To: Twin Forearm Block and Twin Knife-Hand Block

It seems like the twin forearm block from Do-San is the first pattern technique that many students find completely alien. There’s a lot of weird coordination happening in this move. But it’s really not that difficult with practice. By the…
How To: Middle Guarding Blocks

How To: Middle Guarding Blocks

Guarding blocks are some of the few techniques that many students learn before they encounter them in their patterns. It’s a part of many early sparring exercises, as well as board-breaking procedure, so students could learn it as early as white…
How To Do a Proper L-Stance

How To Do a Proper L-Stance

If walking stance is the most-used stance in Taekwon-Do, L-stance is probably second on the list. Your feet should be 1 ½ shoulder widths apart, measured from the toes of the front foot to the outside of the rear foot.…
How To: Inner Forearm Middle Block

How To: Inner Forearm Middle Block

To perform an inner forearm middle block, you block with the bony area on the thumb side (or inner side) of your forearm. Like the outer forearm, it spans one third of the distance from your wrist to your elbow. Like many…
How To: Knife-Hand Low Block

How To: Knife-Hand Low Block

The knife-hand low block is a lot like the outer forearm low block. But there are some important differences to remember. The most obvious is the blocking tool itself. The knife-hand is the area on the side of the hand…
How To: Outer Forearm Low Block

How To: Outer Forearm Low Block

In the early patterns, the low block is often done with the outer forearm. The outer forearm is the bony area on the pinkie-finger side of your arm, just above your wrist. It covers one third of your forearm, starting…
How To: Perfect Patterns Punches

How To: Perfect Patterns Punches

If you tally up all the hand and foot techniques used in the patterns, I would be surprised if anything is used more often than the good ol’ punch. I suppose that makes sense: a good punch is easy and…
8 Simple Strategies to Make Your Taekwon-Do Patterns Rock

8 Simple Strategies to Make Your Taekwon-Do Patterns Rock

Whether or not you love patterns, you’re probably always trying to get better at them. And let’s face it, if you’re reading this article, you probably like patterns. They say practice makes perfect, but it’s how you practice that matters.…
How To: Taekwon-Do’s Walking Stance

How To: Taekwon-Do’s Walking Stance

The walking stance is perhaps the most-used stance in the Taekwon-Do patterns. It is often the third stance a student learns, after attention stance and parallel ready stance. The length and width of your stances in Taekwon-Do will be relative…