We will begin this week with the ever-important Hyung. Hyungs are as basic and as complicated as you make them. Studying the Hyungs allows us to gain deep insight into the intricacies and creative application of various techniques within Tang Soo Do. These obviously include punching and kicking, but Hyungs also include throws, joint locks and breaks, grappling, and dynamic dodges. Let’s begin to explore these together.
From the Hyungs, we also learn kinesthetic awareness (how long our arms and legs are). We learn how to move our body weight and where our center of gravity is located. The goal this week is to move as smoothly as possible (Hint: keep your knees “soft,” and as you move, keep your head on the same horizontal plane). From the Hyungs, we also learn patience, diligence, and dedication.
We will begin with the Saju Jirugi (four-directional punch), Saju Mahk Ki (four-direction block), and progress to your top form. I plan to practice some line drills followed by a few partner drills. We also need to look at the looping drill. If time permits, we will practice falling and rolling.