Training Secret of Taekwon-Do

     An old proverb says that even heaven cannot make a diligent worker poor.  However, in Taekwon-Do diligence or intensive training alone does not product 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 Taekwon-Do 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 movement of eyes, hands, feet and breath into a 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 defense.

 

  • Keep both the arms and legs bent slightly while the 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 a sine wave during the movement by utilizing the knee spring properly.

 

  • To exhale briefly at the moment of each blow except a connecting motion.

 

(Excerpt from Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, by Gen. Choi, p. 42)