hello my name is Simon sure and welcome to my blocking tutorial a lot of people said the blocking isn't important but I disagree blocking is very important a lot of people say you just need to move out of the way of an opponent's attack which is a good thing to do and I agree wholeheartedly but you also need to have your blocks in place in the event that you don't move fast enough in medieval Italy the city-states would build walls around their city but they wouldn't just build one but one wall then build several so if the enemy breached the first wall the second one would be in place to resist the opponent I've developed a system called micro blocking it's designed to be as efficient as possible basically you reduce the area you have to defend and then move as little as possible in order to defend it I like to use the analogy of a soccer goal and goalie if you're a goalie defending your goal would you rather have a large goal or a small goal that's right you'd rather have a small goal the most important thing is having a very small area to defend make sure you always stand sideways never fall facing when you're fighting now would you rather stand up a rep like this or lie down sideways like this when defending your goal well the goal corresponds with your body and the goalie corresponds with your arm if you put your arm down or sideways like this then it'll be much more difficult and you have to travel much further to defend your area if you keep your knuckles to the sky your elbow to the ground then you'll have a much easier time defending your goal your body there's an accident that states action is faster than reaction I like to illustrate this point by playing a game I call the slap game one person puts their hands in front of them and another one puts their hands just outside of theirs the person with the hands on the outside will try to slap the person with the hands on the inside your hands are both the same distance away from the Slappy's face now you try to slap the person and they try to block you you'll notice that every time I try to slap I succeed and every time he tries to defend he here's what's happening inside of our heads we play this game my brain says hey right hand start moving go slap him slap him in the face my hand starts moving my hand gets about half way his eyes see my hand moving and send a message to his brain saying hey we gotta stop this guy who's about to slap in the face his brain sends a message on his hand my hands still moving his hand gets the message and starts moving and then I slapped him in the face action is faster than reaction there is a way to beat this axiom the trick is to cheat now instead of putting your hands in equal distance from from the face I'm gonna put my hands closer to my face now he tries to slap me I only have to travel two inches or he has to travel two feet so I can block him every time all of your blocking should follow this same strategy if you have to move more than two inches to defend any part of your body you're blocking incorrectly make sure your lead knuckle is facing the sky and your lead elbow is facing the ground at all times unless you have a strategic reason to do otherwise if a kick or strike comes below your waist you can block with your legs if it comes above your waist you need to block with your arms your elbow reaches down to your belt your knuckles reach up toward your head and your forearm can block your chest and back be in an L stance with your body side facing to your opponent your lead hand should be knuckles up elbows down your back hand should be in front of your solar plexus in case a punch or kick comes around your block your lead hand moves in in line with your front your back shoulder it moves out in line with your front shoulder your elbow drop down with the knuckles staying up in line with your belt your knuckles go up in line with your eyebrows if you move any larger than this you're moving more than two inches and you can leave yourself exposed unnecessarily never let your arm leave the confines of your body there's nothing outside of there that you need to defend let the leg or hand come to you practice this in out down up movement several times put your hips into this technique using your hips in the blocking will allow you to move your body out of the way of the strike behind the block to let the block move a smaller distance and it will help put more power behind the block sometimes I like to put a stick in front of me like this so that I can make sure my block isn't moving very far one tool I've developed to help with this in out down up blocking system is a variation on the wooden man I've created so that its arms are about the same width as my shoulders if I'm side facing I stand in front of it and I use it to practice my in out down up and really get my hips into it while maintaining my facing after you're comfortable with this in out down up movement have a partner come with a phone bat and hit you in the same angles in out down up relax don't overreact and block the bat with an in out down up movement after you feel comfortable with this in out down up blocking a bat when you're not overreacting allow your partner to hit you in any direction they want in any order they want out out up in down whatever they feel like start slow and then build up speed after you've gotten really good at this drill and you can easily block the pattern it comes to you and you don't feel like you're throwing your arm outside the lines of your body and you're not struggling to keep your knuckles up and your elbows down put pads on and face a partner your fighting stance now don't attack just have your partner attack you don't move around and just let them hit you you block it with your in out down up start slow build up speed and power as you gain comfort with this drill now you'll find that the distance your opponent is to you will determine what they throw in practicing you're in out down up it's important to understand a concept I call the three circles in circle one you're close to your opponent and you can only punch if you try to throw a front leg kick or a back leg kick it won't work you'll be too close and you'll be jammed automatically if you move back about shoulder-width you can't punch anymore and you can't use your back leg to kick because you'd be too close only option is a front leg kick if you move back about another shoulder-width you'll find you still can't punch and you can't use your front leg to kick you can only use your back leg to kick the same goes for your opponent if you know what circle you're in you'll easily be able to know what kick they're going to throw transitioning between the three circles is a whole another topic then we're going to cover in another video but no the three circles after you understand the three circles and the in app down up and you're comfortable blocking go ahead and do a little bit of a little bit of slow free sparring with your partner use the in out down up system keep your hands up never drop it and see how it works move out of the way but keep your hands up and stay sideways the two rules I always tell my students are keep your hands up at all times and always stay sideways especially at the beginning when you're learning this stuff obey these principles if you're about to be mugged would you rather be mugged by someone who has only one leg or who has two legs that's correct the answer is someone who only has one leg because a one-legged person is easier to beat than a two-legged person how would you like to be a one-legged no-armed person who gets attacked the answer is you wouldn't when your kick is fully extended if your arms are down your for about a second you did equivalent to one legged no armed person if you're going to be a one-legged person I suggest you at least have your hands up and your kicking it's a very good time for someone to attack you so it's a good idea to practice your block well kicking a drill I like to use is you chamber your side kick just like I teach in the sidekick tutorial extend your leg with your leg fully extended practice the in out down up movement then pull back then extend and pass to get out down up movement again after you get really good at this have some kind of a partner come and hit you with the bat well you kick extend your leg in out down up put back extend your leg a nap down up pull it back you can practice this in out down up kicking drill with any cake thank you very much for watching my blocking tutorial I really hope it helped please remember to subscribe like comment and share

22 Replies to “TAEKWONDO BLOCKING TUTORIAL (sparring 1)”

  1. Another outstanding video. I’ve been out of Taekwondo for a few years coaching another sport and recently returned. I have been practicing hard in perpetration for returning to teach Taekwondo. Every time I watch one of your videos, I not only learn some great pointers on improving my own skills, but also ways to help my students; thank you for sharing your knowledge. One last thing: great joke🤣🤣🤣

  2. "Micro-blocking"… So blocking then.

    The rear hand needs to be high.
    A good jab-cross will slip right past this method.

  3. Hello Simon, i have been studying your tutorials. You stand out. Thank you. You are a great help. I have a question on this tutorial however, when the opponent is in circle one isn’t there a way to front kick? Because i used your technic in a combat and got hit with a rapid round kick to my upper waist

  4. as far as tkd goes, i think you could pull this off. well thought out, too bad you are white so the TKD community won't give you the props you deserve!

  5. odd that a new concept for tkd is blocking and putting your hands up haha. i do like this gentleman in the video. you would be good in karate and bjj bro! as a friend and fellow martial artist…grow, dont stop at TKD you will grow fast in karate –  harder strikes! judo and bjj will make your striking better

  6. Arms to far away from the body to be effective in blocking and using that stance as a defensive or slow moving is bad as well in my opinion. Sure you can use it in sparring but vs someone who wants to harm you bad that stance would crumble

  7. I agree to this except maybe to one part where you are blocking an incoming axe kick like the one shown on 5:29. If you block an axe kick using a fist, You might get hit as you have about 70 to 90% opening and the axe kick can enter easily. I like the 3 blocks but for blocking an axe, I prefer the old school one as your arm protects your head all the way. But then, this is just my opinion.

  8. The best explanation ever ! So accurate. I'm not confused or scared of punches now as I was before. I'm a beginner and just starting to compete. Thank you so much .

  9. Great tutorial as always. I love your methodical and clear approach to teaching. May I ask where in the US your school is located? In the unlikely event I move to the US, I now know the Master I'd like to train with.

  10. Is this your own interpretation of applied taekwondo techniques? Or is this from taekwondo? If I had been taught blocking like this when I trained taekwondo, I wouldn't have switched to boxing!

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