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Black Belt Taekwondo Training
When one reaches a Black belt in Taekwondo one has a problem. Interestingly, most people realize this problem even before they reach a black belt in that martial arts. The problem is one of reaching higher levels of martial expertise, or, in other words, getting good at taekwondo sparring.
After all, if one stays in TKD pure, they do get better, but slowly, and this is because they aren’t given any forms that drastically alter their freestyle methods. So one has to search out better forms, better methods, ways to shape the freestyle ability. And, this means often going outside the formalized art.
Now, the problem with training outside the system is that it tends to make everything sloppy. It is hard to find a system that fits together with the TKD method. Using the legs so much, and so uniquely, the art doesn’t mesh with something like savate or muay tai.
The one art that does mesh well is Kwon Bup. We are not speaking of the ancient Kwon Bup, for that has been fairly well lost, and may not even be a good match for modern Taekwondo, anyway. No, we are speaking of the art developed some forty years ago through the Kang Duk Won.
The Kang Duk Won was one of the arts that was used in developing modern taekwondo. It was powerful, used legs well, and reached its highest form when done by a fellow name of Bob Babich in San Jose.
One of the things that Bob did was create several forms to add to the Kang Duk Won. These forms were strong, very straight line, and moved the art from legs into fists, and explored certain concepts of simultaneous block and strike.
The first couple of forms of Kwon Bup are basic, almost karate, and could even replace some of the karate style basics, as they are quick and logical and easier to learn.
The middle three forms are the heart of the matter, however. These are the ones that teach a person how to stay inside and translate from foot to fist.
The last two forms are very interesting, but they tend to move into weapons and a very unique kicking form.
The weapons form is handy, as the distance of a street fight can move from weapons to feet quickly. It’s nice to play with this concept of handling weapons with feet. Though, to be honest, this is not the real intent of the form.
The kicking form, however, is state of the art. It tightens up the Korean kicking styles, pulls the power into the hips, and shows multiple kicks in a VERY realistic manner.
That about sums it up. The Kwon Bup is very handy, and if you do a little googling you might be able to find some info on it, but the data will be scarce. It is not well known, but that’s sometimes the way it is. The best stuff is hard to find.
Anyway, whether you consider it or not, it is a viable concept as far as advancing your black belt taekwondo fighting studies.
Check out the video, then I’ll tell you my favorite three Nasty Karate Tricks. They’ll help you end any fight.
The first one is to break the fingers. Somebody grabs you, you grab their finger and bend it back and break it. Nothing fancy about this…just break it. What? You want to control politely? What if the guy has a friend? What if he jumps back and pulls out a gun? When push comes to shove and a real fight is about to pop, snap his finger and then do number two.
Number two…kick him in the apples. Short, sweet, and to the point, a kick in the cojones will bend the largest mugger at the knees, and, got to admit it, there is nothing more sweet than watching some bad ass doofus puke his pudding.
Now, that all said, save this trick for when your life is truly in danger, you can’t use it on the mat, or to control your drunk Uncle Bob…poke him in the eye. I mean, stick your finger in his eye up to the knuckle.
You can see why I say hold back on this one until your life is truly at stake. Crippling, maiming, putting some guy in the dark for his life…it is cruel punishment.
Anyway, those are my three tried and true favorite Karate tricks, and they will work every time. Check out Learn Karate Online if you want some great training tips, strong punches, and…hey, there’s even a free ‘mini-lesson’ on the site!
One of the neatest training devices is a simple box of sand. You make a spear hand and thrust downward. As time passes, you get deeper and deeper, and you learn how to be ore intense and demand that extra inch out of yourself.
Interesting, this is a method that is supposed to be used for sharpening knives. If you want a real sharp knife, theory goes, you thrust knife down, and the sand whittles away at the edge.
Mind you, I have not played with this, so use at your own risk. And let me know if your knife gets damaged. I’ll put the results in ablog.
Anyway, your hand won’t get damaged by thrusting it into a bucket of sand. As a matter of fact, the fingers will become able to stand impact, your spearhand will start to shine, and you will have martial arts weapon of unusual intent.
Of course, your hand might look a little gnarly, but that’s okay. Just hold up your hand and put a crazed expression on your face and nobody is going to want to fight you. Grin.
Have a great day, and if you want some great tips on toughening the hand, specifically how to have the hardeat punch, check out the book I’ve written. It is called The Punch, and it is at Monster Martial Arts.
Before we start, here’s a form I’ve been doing for a while. Works pretty good, and I can actually use the form in freestyle.
I love this win, because a lot of people don’t really know how to use Karate in a fight. They think it is forms, a bunch of dry exercises, posing. Man, Real Karate is definitely not that!
We used to do the forms to get strong and fast, then we took those suckers apart and figured out how to use them on the mat.
There was a fellow back then, name of Ron, used to clean up the mat with me. I asked him how valuable forms were to him. He started using Kata techniques on me in freestyle! Imean, right out of the form, and I was double ass kicked! Sucker knew how to fight, and it was because he knew how to understand the forms.
Here’s the win from a guy I taught forms to.
I now know what to do if I get in a fight and how to avoid a fight. I am very confident in what I am doing. I feel great about my skill and efficiency. I loved this course because it was short and concise with an end result of certainty and knowledge of martial arts. It was great. Love–Herb S.
Do you see it? Not cocky, not a bully, just confident. That’s what realknowledge does for you, that’s what real karate does, and if you know how to read the forsm then you’ll know how to use karate in a fight.
You guys take care, and I’ll see ya over at MonsterMartialArts.com
Don’t you just love my titles? Wimp Learns Real Karate. Ha!
The funny thing is, probably over 80% of us have the wimp image of ourselves. I don’t know what did it to you, but high school did it to me. I went in brazen and smart, and came out wondering what the hell life was about. It took Karate to return me to my natural state.
Your natural state is tough, funny, smart, you have friends, and your girl is kick ass.
No, I’m not being funny, that’s the way you are. If you don’t know it, read the win right below.
I now have the ability to be there (or here) and defend myself against attack and this is not something I was able to do when I came in here.
I also have the understanding of how the body should be working and the physics involved.
That’s what it is all about. It’s not about trophies or being tough, it is about being smart and competent. I’m going to try and upload a ‘wimp’ ad from a few decades ago. If you don’t remember it, take a good look at it. These are the ads that started us on the road to redemption, on the road to self discovery, on the road out of high school and bullyism and experiences that try to chip you down.
You want to learn Real Karate, come on by my site. It’s a funky site, but it’s a blast. MonsterMartialArts.com