Walking Stance 9 Shaped Block

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Thank you for your message Marvin,

Nice to see that somebody interacts and actually reads my content. What I am trying to do is give everyone a more in depth understanding of what we do and why.

I will do my best to give an interpretation of:

Walking Stance 9 Shaped Block / Gunnun Sogi Gutcha Makgi

9 shaped block Walking Stance

Again please take my explanation adjust that. Your own Instructor’s interpretation may indeed differ slightly. Listen to Her / Him. This is just my thoughts  after being a black belt since 1992 I have had plenty of time to analyse and have my own thought process. Other Instructors have their own interpretations and are obviously good also. This block could be used on the arm, neck or even leg; having its own repercussions and consequences for an attacker. Please be careful when practising these moves.

This one will test my descriptive skills!

Thanks a lot matey! I will give it my best shot. This one is a lot more advanced than the beginner type of moves but hopefully you can get the grasp even if you are not yet a Black Belt. Best of luck and happy reading!

This particular technique is first found amongst our patterns (tul) at First Dan Black Belt level. Used in pattern Gwang Gae. The move to me can best be described as a guillotine type of movement. Utilising the inner and outer forearm as a type of trapping & breaking move.

I have heard some seniors say we use it in our version of 2 step sparring on our number 4. This is incorrect here an inward inner forearm block is used bringing the reaction arm to your collar bone.

Let’s put the left foot forwards and right foot behind. Try and sit your body centrally giving 50% body weight on the front and rear leg. Your front leg should have toes facing forwards and a bent front leg. The back foot is also toes forwards but obviously comfortable to your body tolerance, back foot may have a slight outwards angle to toes. Your back leg in walking stance should be straight, Approximately 2 shoulder widths in length and 1and a half to two shoulder widths wide dependant. Remember you need to have good stability in your stances. Your foundation is critical in Tae Kwon Do moves especially in the technical world of gradings and competitions.

Starting position for the arms during this block should left arm high behind your left shoulder with your inner forearm closest to your face, form a fist. Right arm down by the side of your body roughly knee level, your inner forearm facing the knee again mirroring the other hand form a fist. Push right shoulder forwards and take left shoulder back twisting your hips in the same direction as the arms. Now imagine you are going to scoop a foot that has been kicked out towards you. Your right inner forearm is going to lift the foot up roughly midriff level, whilst driving the left outer forearm down towards the top of the aggressors foot just inside the inner ankle area. Doing these two actions simultaneously and using hip twist and impact with stance and the action arms working in harmony could cause significant damage to an attacker. Blocking tool is the outer forearm supporting tool is the inner forearm.

Where the arms cross inner forearm and outer forearm is where the damage should happen. We finish the movement in a pretty 9 shaped position, hence 9 shaped block.

* Note that the outer forearm block travels through inside as an outer forearm block should and the supporting arm, inner forearm should be on the outside again as an inner forearm should.

Yours in Tae Kwon Do

The block can be completed on the obverse or reverse side.

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