Taekwondo Strikes Powerful Techniques!
The first taekwondo strikes we learned were the punches.
Learning to punch properly is important. It gives you a powerful tool to use in self defense. And your patterns will look better if your punches are good.
Packing A Good Punch
If you're just learning your punches, check out this short video.
You can find more step by step detail on punches below.
Here Neil demonstrates a middle punch.
The target area is the solar plexus. Just about where the badge is at the bottom on the V-neck on a taekwondo uniform.
These are the basics of a good punch.
Firstly make sure your punch goes straight.
What do we mean by that?
We mean that it should go in a straight line from the chamber position (usually your waist) to the target.
Have a look at yourself punching in a mirror. Beginners' fists often go up and down on the way to the target.
Secondly keep your wrist straight and strong.
If you allow your wrist to bend up or down your punch will be weak. And your wrist could break if you hit a firm target.
Keeping your fist tightly clenched at the end of each punch helps your wrist to stay straight.
Thirdly remember the impact point.
The point of impact of a punch is your first two knuckles.
And fourthly remember like all taekwondo strikes and blocks there's an action and reaction.
As your punch comes out. The other arm comes back to your waist. And if you really concentrate on pulling your elbow back on the chambering arm. You will generate more power.
The Punching Hand Twists
Here Neil demonstrates a high punch.
The target area is the bridge of the nose.
It's important to realise that the punching hand twists as the punch is performed.
What does this mean?
Well at the start of the punch the hand is a fist on the waist with the back of the hand facing downwards. And as the punch comes through. The hand twists over right near the end of the technique so that the back of the hand is at the top.
This twist generates more power in the technique.
And the key to harnessing the power that comes from this twist?
If you can relax right throughout the technique. And only apply tension and power only at the very end.
You will get a sharp, powerful punch.
Fold Your Thumb Around Your Fist
Here Neil demonstrates a low punch. It's one of the taekwondo strikes used to attack the groin.
Lots of beginners don't know what to do with their thumb on a punch. So here's the answer.
Don't put your thumb inside your fist. If you hit a target hard. You'll break your thumb.
Don't wrap your thumb over the end of your fist round the index finger. Because chances are it'll get caught and pulled backwards. Ouch!
The safest place for your thumb is tucked along the outside of your clenched fingers. So if your punch is out like Neil's in the photo. And the back of your hand is facing upwards. You can't see it. Because it's tucked away out of harm's way.
Another of the powerful taekwondo strikes is the back-fist strike.
The target area is the bridge of the nose. And the first two knuckles make contact.
But whereas a punch comes straight forwards. A back fist strike comes slightly downwards in an arc.
Notice that Neil chambers the technique from his shoulder. And there is a twist on the technique as it comes through.
The chambering arm protects the body. And then comes back to the belt generating more power.
Double Knife-Hand Strike
If you're learning strikes, here's another great video.
You can find more instruction on striking below.
Here Deb demonstrates a short and a long chamber for this double knife-hand strike.
Notice that in the chamber position the hand which will stike is palm up. And as the hand moves through it twists at the end. So Deb's palm now faces away from her. This twist 'cuts' the technique into the target.
Again it's important to tuck your thumb in on knife-hand taekwondo strikes.
Some people run the thumb tightly along the side of the index finger. Others bend it and tuck it underneath the hand.
Either way seems to work well.