SOAR 100 Challenge: Low Block, Reverse Punch

Here is your weekly Soar 100 Challenge. I hope you enjoyed your week off last week, but it is time to get back to it. Remember you must complete at least 6 Soar 100 challenges to test this cycle. The next test is in the spring cycle on Saturday, March 26. Also, do not forget to study for your written test too.

Let’s work on multi-planer complex body movement. You will perform 100 low blocks (ha dan mahk ki) form a front stance (chun kul ja seh) and 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

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

Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude – SOAR!

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