Soar Training: Kicking Week


1) Location change: We are still meeting in th same warehouse chain, but we will move down 4 doors closer to Flagler. Look for my Red Pickup and the open door.

2) Shoes: Bring tennis shoe on monday. We will not have the mats back yet, but I do not want to skip another training session. We will wear our shoes in class.

Trainign Focus

Jok Ki (Kicking Techniques) are the bread and butter of Korean Martial Arts. In the world of karate, Tang Soo Do’s differences are most apparent in kicking – dynamic, high, and aerial. I want you to concentrate on combinations and consecutive kicking while “Crossing the T.” Combination kicking involves both legs, while consecutive kicking is multiple kicks with the same leg. “Crossing the T” is nothing more than changing the angle of attack to gain the advantage while placing your opponent at a disadvantage. In other words, move around your opponent to create an opening to strike.

We will work on both the Kicking one-steps and our various kick techniques (ie. offensive/defensive kicks, flying kicks, tornado kicks, 360º kicks, jumping kicks, stepping kicks, and the 6-point kick, which are all built of the 5 basic kicks). 


Deah Jump Kicks: In simplest terms, Deah kicks are jumping and kicking without “pumping.” Think of our roundhouse switch kick…jump (or hop), rotate, and kick with the back leg. When you perform an Ahp Cha Gi, you move the weight of your body forward while loading and extending the rear leg into a front kick. Deah Ahp Cha Gi is the same kick with a jump to begin movement. However, the jump allows for horizontal movement. 

E-Dan Jump Kicks: Sometimes called the “scissor kick,” has a pumping action. E-Dan kicks are designed to gain distance or height. When performing an E-Dan kick, you are going to produce inertia by loading and driving a knee (usually the back leg) in the direction you want to go. Once you have reached the target distance, the practitioner rotates the hips and kicks with the other leg. 

Preparing for the Test

We have a Striping System” for test preparation. Everyone must earn their stripes in order to test. If you are prepared to earn your appropriate stipe, make it know to me.  We will conduct our written test the week before the physical test.

Remember, Weapons are for Senior Green belt and above, and Soar 100 requires 6 completed Soar 100 challenges.

Written test preparation is your individual responsibility. We do not have time in the twice-weekly training session to cover the material for the written test, so you must study on your own.

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