Quick Tips for Sparring 4

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Prepare the back foot correctly

This is important not only because it gives us the ability to push off into the side kick, but also in terms of knee joint safety. Turning the supporting foot before you push off is a good way to learn the healthy mechanics of the knee.

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Classic : NZ Self Defence Syllabus 2008

This video technology enables students to compare themselves to experts side by side so that they can see how to improve in visual detail.

The full video gives this kind of analysis so you can see the differences in technique and timing. Even if you are not Riana, you can still get tremendous benefit by comparing someone to an extremely skilled athlete at the same time.

Quick Tips for Sparring 10

Direct Double Turning Kick

A direct kick is the terminology used when we kick off our front leg without any stepping.

The direct double turning kick is performed with the front kick and with two shifts of the rear foot.

Quick Tips for Sparring 2

Side kick from a narrow stance

A good sparrer will be able to anticipate and counter a side kick – especially if there is an initial step before that kick. Adopting a more narrow stance will enable you to kick faster with less telegraphing.

Quick Tips for Sparring 3

He’s trying to push me

If you don’t retract your kick as fast as possible you run the risk of your opponent gaining control of your leg as demonstrated here. The aim is to get the kick back down to the ground as quickly as possible, as we are more venerable with one foot in the air.

Snippets of amazing old footage

DON’T FORGET TO WATCH No. 10 – Paul McPhail performs Juche forwards and backwards

For my 5th degree black belt grading in 1993 I thought it would be a cool idea to perform Juche Tul forwards then backwards for General Choi.

The plan failed miserably as I started the backwards part… I hadn’t even considered the possibility that General Choi would take offence to it. He turned his head and refused to watch. I figured… well… I may as well carry on now and struggled through to the end.

I passed the grading so I guess the General had forgiven me by the day the results were announced.

Here is the footage of the pattern at the grading.