HOW TO HANDLE A TAEKWONDO EXPONENT
As in the case of Karate, the course participants did not spend much time over sparring against Taekwondo exponents. This is because fighting against Taekwondo exponents is comparatively easy — if you know the appropriate tactics and techniques and have the relevant skills.
Again, this does not mean that Taekwondo exponents are not formidable, or that a kungfu exponent will necessarily beat a Taekwondo opponent. Indeed, in today's situation the reverse is often the case. Kungfu practitioners of many years are usually beaten by Taekwondo practitioners in free sparring, mainly because the kungfu practitioners have never or seldom learnt sparring systematically.
Grandmaster Wong revealed that of the different types of martial artists he sparred with in his young days, sparring against Taekwondo exponents was the easiest. He shared with the course participants many of the tactics and techniques he found effective.
A very important point Grandmaster Wong advised is that in sparring you must go into, and not retreat from, a Taekwondo exponent. Of course you need to enter at the right time, and you must protect yourself as you enter. An excellent moment to enter is when the Taekwondo exponent has completed his kicking attack, but has not recovered from his attacking momentum.
The video clips below show Sifu Ronan demonstrating some effective ways in countering a Taekwondo opponent, posed by Peter. All the movements are spontaneous and not pre-arranged.
Adopting a suitable stance is a first step in preparing yourself for combat. Earlier Sifu Ronan used a False-Leg Stance when sparring against a Karate exponent. Now he uses a Bow-Arrow Stance as this gives him more room for maneuver when an opponent kicks.
Catching an opponent's foot as he kicks and dislocating his ankle is an effective counter. Taekwondo practitioners have no defence in their art against this attack because catching one's leg is not allowed in Taekwondo.
After avoiding the initial attacks of a Taekwondo exponent, move in and counter-attack him in close range. Taekwondo exponents are usually poor in close-quarter combat.
The exchanges here are quite similar to those in the previous video clip. But here Sifu Ronan forces a Taekwondo opponent onto the ground.
Many people are at a loss when attacked by round-house kicks, which look threatening and which Taekwondo exponents use quite often. It is actually quite easy to counter round-house kicks. Sifu Ronan demonstrates an excellent example. By moving in, he neutralizes the attacking force of the round-house kick.
The reverse round-house is also often used in Taekwondo. This is an unwise technique, as it is technically slow and leaves the exponent exposed to counter-attacks.
Here are two more counters against the reverse round-house kick. None of the movements are pre-arranged.
Sifu Ronan demonstrates two different kinds of counter-attack. In the first, he allows an opponent to complete his moves, then moves in to counter before the opponent has recovered himself. In the second, Sifu Ronan intercepts the opponent's initial moves.
Here is a very effective tactic against Taekwondo opponents. Don't retreat when they kick, but use body-movement to avoid the attacks. When the attacks are just spent and before the opponents can recover, move in to counter-attack.
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2. Footwork Secrets for Health, Efficiency and Elegance
3. Moving into a Same Direction using Different Ways to Gain Advantages
4. Picture-Perfect Forms and Flowing Movements
5. From Random Fighting to Patterns, and from Patterns to Sequences and Sets
9. The Five Basic Kicks
10. The Secrets of Side Kicks and Continuous Cannons
11. How You may Defeat Opponents Experienced in Random Free Sparring
12. How Would a Fragile Girl Counter a Powerful Sweeping Kick from a Muay Thai Fighter?
18. Working out Ways to Fight a Boxer
19. Effective Tactics and Techniques against Boxers
20. From Gross Outline to Fine Details
21. Exploiting Advantage to Clinch Victory
22. Variety of Kungfu Techniques against Boxers
23. Analysis of Techniques Used against Boxers
24. Using Shaolin Kunfu against Boxing in Free Sparring
30. Understanding the Typical Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters
31. Grandmaster Ho's Secrets in Countering Muay Thai Fighters
32. First Avoid Defeat, Then Secure Victory
33. Counteroing the Elbow and Knee Attacks of Muay Thai Fighters