UPDATED WITH VIDEOS DEMONSTRATING THE 80% OF THE REAR AND FRONT HAND TECHNIQUES.
There is an elegance and simplicity in all of of the choi kwang do hand techniques that makes them incredibly simple to learn and master. Choi Kwang Do techniques are based on sequential motion, using a step by step approach to generate the powerfull movements. Also the fact that we utilise the same stance for all of these techniques further simplifies everything as once we learn that stance all of the techniques can flow from it.
If we break the choi kwang do hand techniques into four groups, rear hand punches, front hand punches, strikes and blocks there is a specific sequence of movements performed that is common throughout about 80 to 90 percent of the techniques for each group. How you move your legs, hip and thigh, twist your torso remains exactly the same throughout. The final part of the technique which decides which punch, block or strike you are using only takes up around ten percent or so of the entire movement pattern.
This 80% or so of each sequential movement of the technique you perform is also responsible for delivering around 80% of the power you can generate in your hand techniques.
With the blocks, the 80% or so of the initial technique creates distance for you, gives you more time to react, narrows your profile giving less of a target and limiting the chances of a blow doing maximim damage without even using the blocking arm to block.
When blocking we push up a little onto the ball of the front foot, shift our weight back onto the rear leg, turning in slightly, creating distance and narrowing profile. From there both of the shoulders shrug up with the rear arm staying up to guard and the front arm then performs the block.
With the 3 strikes in choi kwang do, the basic movement patten is again the same. We turn in slightly, bringing the front striking arm down towards the rear elbow. From there we push off of the back leg and twist the torso quickly whipping the bent striking arm up towards the target. Finally the arm extends making contact with the weapon, either the side of the fist, Back of the fist or the knife hand, before following through and returning to the guard position.
If you take the rear hand techniques, again you see that there is a huge similarity in the movement sequence of the techniques, only changing when it comes to releasing the rear arm and performing the punch.
The technique starts from the stance, body weight leaned back a little on the rear leg. From there we start by pushing off of the rear foot driving it into the ground, then the knee, thigh and hip drive forward. The hip starts to twist and rotate the torso, with the rear arm locked into place while the body creates a little plyometric stretch in the shoulder. As you see in my 6 tips to improve your punches article this entire sequence of events is found to generate approximately 75.88% of the total power of your punch. From there we roll the shoulder and perform whatever rear hand technique we wish.
Finally look at the front hand techniques. Again there is a huge commonality in the techniques. Starting from a good stance, body weight slightly to the rear leg, you push off of the rear foot, driving your knee, hip and thigh forward. Your torso twists bringing your rear shoulder in line with the front shoulder. This is what we refer to as counter rotating the hips. From that position your front side hip drives in, twisting your torso, opening up your chest creating a plyometric stretch. From there again we simply roll the shoulder and perform the front hand techniques we require.
So by really learning and mastering these basic sequential movements you have learned 80% of all the hand techniques up to black belt. It really is worth investing the time to get these mechanics right as not only will they deliver most of the power in your strikes and punches but also, as you progress to a new belt you then only have to concentrate on learning how your arm need to be positioned and what part to use as the weapon making it far easier to master.
When you realise this simplicity believe it really proves just how much thought has gone into making choi kwang do hand techniques, simple, powerful, yet devastatingly effective and is a great testimony to Grandmaster Choi’s knowledge and ability as a martial arts pioneer.
3 Tips to improve your Punches: https://youtu.be/5Wq3KOjpeyg
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