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Tae kwon do Backfist

There are two types of blow that you can deliver with the hand in Tae Kwon Do, the closed fist and the open hand.

Closed fist strikes generally hit for more power, however open handed blows can be faster and may take your opponent more by surprise.

One of the many closed hand strikes out there is the Tae kwon do backfist.

With a punch you are using power from the arm, shoulder, and legs to power the strike, however with a backfist, as with a round kick, you use rotational power from you’re body to drive the fist into the opponent.taekwondo backfist

 Situations that call for a Tae kwon do backfist are many, it can often be more powerful than a punch if thrown correctly, as it uses torque to deliver power rather than pure arm strength.

When executing a Tae kwon do backfist it is easiest to start in a stand that puts your body perpendicular to the opponent.

Some wind up is acceptable if you really want to drive the strike home, but avoid telegraphing the move.

 Bring your arm and fist across the chest so that the inside of your hand is touching you’re ear. Bring your arm out and extend, rotating into the strike as you extend.

It is usually most effective to strike your opponent in the head with this move, you can then follow up with a punch or other hand strike, or if sufficiently staggering you can also deliver a kick. Backfists are also an effective way to set up for a combo in sparring.

During a sparring match it is not necessary to put the entire force of the blow behind it, as you do not want to injure your opponent.

You can, however, hit to the side of the head with the Tae kwon do backfist, which could disorient your opponent, and then proceed to strike with a low punch that they might not see coming.

The Tae kwon do backfist is also used for breaks commonly.

Be sure to strike with the knuckles and not the top of the hand however, as you will not make the break and could injure your hand if you do not strike with the knuckles.

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Taekwondoe Round Kick

Taekwondoe ROUND kick

The Taekwondoe  round, or Taekwondoe  roundhouse kick, is one of the most useful moves in all of martial arts if used effectively.

The Taekwondoe round kick can deliver a quick and powerful strike in the blink of an eye. Power from the roundhouse kick comes from the momentum of you’re turning body, so if you are hitting for power then it is recommended that you wind up a little bit first.

It is easiest to execute the kick from a stance perpendicular to you’re opponent, this way you get the full effect of turning into you’re opponent. Once you have set up in you’re stance, you should bring you’re leg up in and begin to turn into the kick.

As you extend you’re leg you have a few options for striking you’re opponent. If you are aiming for the head you can strike with the top of the foot, however you could risk injuring yourself.

 A safer way to strike is curling the toes back and striking with the ball of the foot, as with a front kick.

 If performing a break you should always strike with the ball of the foot, as striking with the top of the foot can injure or break you’re foot.

If striking a human opponent in a combat situation, you can use strike with the shin, which will do a fair amount of damage if you strike to the solar plexus. A Taekwondoe round kick should send you’re opponent staggering if done with enough force, and it is perfect set up for a front kick to the chin.

You will frequently see a round kick used across martial arts, as it is a part of many, such as karate and kung-fu.

Mastering the Taekwondoe  round kick adds a powerful weapon to you’re arsenal of techniques, and prepares you for more complicated techniques that rely on rotational torque from the hips or legs to deliver a powerful strike.

The Taekwondoe round kick is also one of the most basic kicks in the Tae Kwon Do martial art, so learning it and learning it well is a must!

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TaeKwonDo Front Kick

One of the first kicks you will learn in TaekwonDo is the front kick.

 The TaekwonDo front kick has a variety of uses, but it’s speed will be one of the things you will find most useful about it is it’s speed, however a good front kick can also have sufficient power to send someone staggering.

To execute a TaekwonDo front kick you must be facing you’re opponent. When you have him lined up, you bring you’re thigh up so it forms a 90 degree angle to the rest of you’re body.

 The next step is extending the leg, great care must be taken to ensure that the toes are back so that when you’re foot strikes you’re opponent it will hit him with the ball of the foot, this ensures maximum damage to the opponent.

While this may not be important for forms or sparring (as in these mediums you are not attempting to hurt anyone.) It is of supreme importance in breaks, as if you strike toes down with the top of the foot then you will risk breaking bones.

When extending and turning the foot and toes up, you can hit whatever part of you’re opponent’s body you want to aim for.

The TaekwonDo front kick is extremely useful as a quick attack, although care must be taken to avoid giving you’re kick away. Make sure when you execute the technique that you do it quickly and unexpectedly, as telegraphing the move will allow you’re opponent to grab the leg and deliver a throw or counter.

Taekwon do Front Kick

When breaking with a front kick, you should position the board at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Perform a warmup kick or two and then decide on where to hit the board.

The kick should break the board cleanly so long as the toes are back and you hit the board with the ball of the foot.

The TaekwonDo front kick can also but faked with one foot and then performed with the other foot in a jump, this is typically called a jump-front kick.

Practice this move and it can be invaluable in many situations!

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