Taekkyon training is divided into three stages and categories. A beginner will start at stage one and over time progress through to stage three.
1. Single training – to learn and practice the fundamentals of Taekkyon by oneself.
2. Partner training – to practice techniques which will later be used in sparring and fighting.
3. Sparring – to put into practice what one has learnt. And to become comfortable using these techniques against an opponent.
Sparring in the gymnasium and competition matches, are divided into two categories. One category is wrestling, where kicks are not used. The other category is where wrestling and kicking are used together.
In higher level Taekkyon, punches and strikes are added during sparring and fighting.
Subak (Shou Bo 手搏)
Subak (Shou Bo 手搏) practiced at this gymnasium is the old Subak (Shou Bo ) martial art.
The old Subak (Shou Bo) martial art is concerned with hitting the head, neck, and body with the hands. It also involves parrying such as blocking, grabbing, and trapping of the opponent’s arms.
To remove confusion, this is not the modern Chinese combat ShouBo, which uses the Shou Bo (Subak) name. Nor is it the modern Korean Subak / Soo Bahk Do, which uses the Subak (ShouBo) name. Even though the modern and old both have the same name, they are different.
Taekkyon And Subak (手搏)
Taekkyon and Subak are very old and traditional martial arts of Korea. Subak is an ancient martial art originating in China, which branched off into Korea a long time ago. The branch of Subak in China has unfortunately died off. And the branch of Subak in Korea is on its last legs, with very few people practicing it.
In 2011, Taekkyon was dedignated by Unesco to be unique intangible culutral heritage. It was the first martial art to be designated as such. Subak was also researched thoroughly by Unesco, but historical documents are missing and thus, its linage could not be proven.
To remove confusion, the differing pronunciations of Subak (手搏) are below.
* The pronounciation of 手搏 in Korean language is Subak/ Subahk/ Soobak/ Soobahk.
* The pronounciation of 手搏 in Chinese language is Shou Bo.