Taekkyon looks different to other martial arts as the arms move continually in circular movements whilst the practitioner steps and moves about. Circular arm motions, and foot movements are performed to an irregular rhythm.
Taekkyon is a soft martial art, and thus all motions are performed as circular motions. As it is a soft martial art, it can appear dance like at times. It is soft in appearance, but hard & strong internally. 《外柔内刚》- (outside is soft. Inside is hard).
Teakkyon consists of most types of techniques of the martial arts such as,
Head (head butts)
Shoulder (shoulder push)
Elbow & knee strike
Hand (punching, pushing, fingers to eyes, palm strike etc.)
Wrist (push/ strike)
Arms (blocking, grabbing, trapping of the arms, legs, and neck.)
Legs (kicks, tripping, blocking with legs.)
Joints (locking, & pressure to joints)
Foot work (specialised foot work, stance movement, and balance)
To unbalance an opponent.
The only techniques which Taekkyon does not teach, is what is known today as grappling. These are techniques used when lying on the ground as practiced in Judo and in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Taekkyon is based on rhythm, and timing is important. Punches, blocks, kicks are all performed to a rhythm whether it be irregular, or a constant smooth rhythm which can easily change.
The strange and unpredictable rhythm of korean music has influenced korean dance and taekkyon. In fact the way a taekkyon practitioner moves resembals Korean traditional dance, as the stepping motion and bending of the knees are found in both. This old style of dance is not seen in Seoul any more, but is still found deep in the country side with the old folk.
Taekkyon is a soft martial art, thus anger and aggressiveness are discouraged when learning taekkyon. In fact it will hinder one’s progress as one needs to remain relaxed. If one does not learn to relax, kicks and many other techniques of taekkyon will be difficult to master. During taekkyon practice, remaining natural and comfortable is encouraged in order to develop technique and power later on.
Arms and legs are typically applied together to break the balance of the opponent. Should a Taekgyeon practitioner kick or trip the opponent, a hand or arm will usually be placed on the opponent’s upper body to also push or pull them off balance at the same time of the kick or trip.
The graceful movements of a well-trained Taekkyon practitioner can explode with enormous flexibility and strength. Thus, teakkyon fights can become a very athletic spectacle within the blink of an eye.
Should practitioners of other Korean martial arts learn the basic movements and rhythm of taekkyon, it will greatly enhance their understanding of their chosen art. This is because at the root of taekkyon, is the irregular rhythm, three beat, and bending of the knees which is inherant of korean culture. This is so for Hapkido, Taekwondo, KukSoolWon, TangSooDo, HwaRangDo, SuBahkDo, and so on.
Taekkyon is an effective martial art which highlights a broad variety of offensive and defensive skills, and fighting methods. Should you want to learn Taekkyon please contact us by email.
Taekkyon is a traditional Korean martial art, which in 2011 was recognised by Unesco, of the United Nations, as an intangible cultural assest worth protecting.