An old proverb says that even heaven cannot make a diligent worker poor. However, in TaekwonDo, diligence or intensive training alone does not produce quality techniques.

 

On the contrary, instructions from a false or unqualified instructor would be worse than not being taught at all because unscientific movements not only reduce the power but require a tremendous amount of time to correct. On the other hand, under the proper guidance of a competent instructor, a student who trains earnestly with dedication will learn the true techniques of TaekwonDo in a comparatively short period of time with less effort.

 

Students should keep in mind the following secrets:

  • To study the theory of power thoroughly.
  • To understand the purpose and method of each movement clearly.
  • To bring the action of eyes, hands, feet and breath into one single coordinated action.
  • To choose the appropriate attacking tool for each vital spot.
  • To become familiar with the correct angle and distance for attack and defence.
  • Keep both the arms and legs bent slightly while movement is in motion.
  • All movements must begin with a backward motion with very few exceptions. However, once the movement is in motion it should not be stopped before reaching the target.
  • To create sine wave during the movement by utilizing the knee spring.
  • To exhale briefly at the moment of each blow except a connecting motion.

 

Reproduced from “Taekwon-Do” (The Korean Art of Self Defence) also known as The Condensed Encyclopaedia.
Fifth Edition 1999, All rights reserved
Copyright 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1999 General Choi, Hong Hi.