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  • Taekkyon is a martial art which is known for kicking & tripping the opponent over. Its fast high and low kicks are different to other martial arts.

    As well as kicking, & tripping, a Taekgyeon  practitioner aims to throw or wrestle the opponent. There are also techniques used to block and trap the arms and legs of an opponent, whom attempts to puch or grab, or kick.

    In summation, Taekkyon is specialised in foot sweeps, leg hooking, tripping, low & high multiple kicks, and throwing. That is why Taekkyon was considered unique by the Chinese more than one century ago. The Chinese described Taekkyon as, “The one hundred amazing flying leg techniques – 百技神通飛脚術”.

    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.

    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. It 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.

    Taekkyon is a traditional Korean martial art. And the irregular rhythm of this martial art is also found in traditional Korean dance and music. In fact the way a Taekkyon practitioner moves resembals the strange and unpredictable rhythm of Korean music, and also looks very similar to Korean dance.

    Taekkyon is not an angry nor aggressive martial art as one needs to remain relaxed.

    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.

    Teakkyon consists of most types of techniques of the martial arts such as,

    • Head (head butts)
    • Shoulder (shoulder push)
    • Elbow, knee
    • Hand (punching, pushing, fingers, fist, palm etc.)
    • Joint locks
    • Pressure points, choking
    • Arms (blocking, grabbing, trapping of the arms and neck.)
    • Legs (kicks, tripping, blocking with legs.)
    • Throwing
    • Wrestling
    • Break falling
    • 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 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.