Did your instructor ever use the phrase, “Every block is a strike”?
And, you believed it, but really didn’t understand?
Did he or she tell you the blocks in TaeKwonDo prepare the way they do to maximize power?
And, then you wondered, “If someone is punching at me and I have to prepare before I block, how will I ever have time to stop the punch?”
Have you ever asked yourself:
“Why do I practice fancy blocking preparation for self-defense, but I have no time to use it when I spar?”
“Why do I practice one-step self-defense moving backwards, but all the blocks in my forms move forward?”
“Why does it always seem that my distance is off when I practice one-steps?”
“Why do all the hand techniques in TaeKwonDo have a twist?”
The answer to most of these questions is that you have been practicing at the beginner level and the real meaning to how and why you do what you do in TaeKwonDo has been kept secret from you…until now!
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- Sign up for the seminar.
- Be prepared to look at your training in a whole new way…without changing your technique.
The techniques taught in the seminar are battlefield proven and contain devastating moves designed to be deadly. This is not ‘nice’ self-defense – this is WAR!
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Instructor: 6th Dan Senior Master Matt Randall
Location: Matt Randall’s Black Belt Academy
Address: 4 Broadway, Dover, NH 03820
Level: Intermediate ranks and above, ages 10+, all fitness levels
Format: Limited lecture, mostly hands-on practice, a good workout
Dress Code: Dress uniform or workout attire
Most of the world thinks of TaeKwonDo as a kicking art because of its amazing record of tournament competition and board breaking power. What most people overlook is the hand skills inherent in the art. For many, the hundreds of odd hand techniques demonstrated in the traditional forms are just art. But, what if they were actually practical combat skills, proven in battle?
If you are not familiar with the history of TaeKwonDo, it is a combined art incorporating primarily Korean and Japanese techniques. TKD was designed in the mid-1900’s, from the ground up, to be taught to the Korean military and has been proven in modern battlefield application. Unlike the arts of the Samurai and others, which are excellent arts BTW, TaeKwonDo does not rely on technique that is hundreds of years old using weapons and movements that were developed during feudal periods in history, but rather uses modern scientific theory and constant experimentation. It is an art that is always changing and developing.
Having said that, all the basic techniques in TaeKwonDo have been carefully recorded, photographed, and detailed in a 15-volume encyclopedia set that is probably the most comprehensive of any martial art system. The problem here is that while many students believe the encyclopedia to be the definitive study of the art, it was actually written for beginner students to learn the basics. Beginners in TKD are typically considered white belt through 3rd Dan. Therefore, the techniques are only described at the basic level and the true original battlefield applications have been left out to protect beginner students from using them inappropriately. This is often the case with many martial arts systems that save the ‘hidden secrets’ of the art for only a select group of top students. The problem with this approach is that sometimes the masters die before passing on all the secrets and they become lost to future generations.
Master Randall has been studying the art of TaeKwonDo for over 34 years with many instructors and has unlocked the original deadly aspects of the art used in real modern military combat. For many years he thought, like most TKD students, that the encyclopedia was the Bible of TKD and there was nothing more. Now, his eyes have been opened to a whole new interpretation and he is ready to pass on this knowledge so that future generations of students will have a better understanding of the moves they practice in their traditional forms.
In this seminar, Master Randall will point out where the founders of TKD have borrowed technique from other arts and changed them to create an original Korean twist to the techniques. He will explain how the TaeKwonDo Encyclopedia is only a beginner’s reference and how the application of hand technique in the series needs to be looked at ‘backwards’ to find the true applications…without changing the technique.
Be warned! This seminar will be controversial in some regards. For instance, Master Randall firmly believes that way TKD has adopted and changed techniques from other arts is an improvement. He also believes that the application of hand technique, as it is described in the encyclopedia, is often wrong or misleading, and that one-step self-defense is taught incorrectly. That’s right, you are learning the proper techniques, just using them incorrectly. It’s not your fault or your instructor’s, just knowledge that has been lost…until now.
Whether you are a traditional ITF student or from another art looking to compare systems and learn some new moves, this seminar will inspire you to look at your basic hand technique in a whole new light.