SOAR 100: Week 5

Let’s build on Last week’s challenge. Last week I asked you to perform 100 low blocks (ha dan mahk ki) form front stance (chun kul ja seh). This week I want you to add a reverse punch (bandea-jirugi or tuel-oh-choong-dan-kong-kyuk) to that sequence. Concentrate on smooth forward movement, and use those hips. Keep your head at the same height and try not to bob up and down. Drive your legs forward from the floor through your hips. Notice where is your weight is setting in your hips, feet, knees, and your chest. This week’s exercise is not about speed. Take your time and concentrate.

Front Stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh) is your shoulder-width from the insides of your feet. It should feel wider than you. think. The length is two of your shoulder-widths from toes to toes. Your back leg is straight, and your front leg is bent with your knee directly over your ankle. This is a front stance, so all parts face to the front: Your toes, hips, chest, shoulders, and eyes.

Low Block (Ha Dan Mahk Ki) is a basic defensive technique with a push-pull motion. The blocking/striking hand begins high at the opposite shoulder while the pulling hand begins low and center in from of your hips. At the beginning both hands (closed in fists) are facing your body. As you push down and pull up with your hands, the blocking/striking hand defends the lower outside edge of the abdomen. The pulling hand will twist up into place at the ready position between hip and ribs; the closed fist palm should now be facing up.

Reverse Punch (Bandea Jirugi or Tuel Oh Choong Dan Kong Kyuk) building off the previous technique, the reverse punch drives forward from the legs through the rear or back-side hip. The hand begins in the ready position twisting forward to make contact at the middle height. you should have somewhat of a whipping action beginning at your base and end with the completed reverse punch.

Weekly Soar Challenge Sheet: Due 8 Feb

Don’t forget to stretch at least 10 minutes everyday. 

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude – SOAR!

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