Working in smalll groups rather than in pairs can open students to a new level of awareness. Many confrontations occur with more than one person and training in small groups assists students in how to deal with these situations.
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Training in Tae Kwon-Do is often considered very physical but there are also mental aspects to training. Improving the operation of one’s brain can improve co-ordination and response to stimuli and thus make us better martial artists and more capable of an appropriate self defence response when under stress.
This is a seemly simple exercise of a rear hand straight punch, front hand hook punch followed by two ducking motions. At any time the mitt holder can change stance and the holding of the mitts to initiate the striker to change stance and perform the same exercise using the opposite hand combination.
This changing of stance at another’s instigation whilst continuing to perform the task will apply mental pressure to adapt quickly. Encouraging the participants to increase speed will increase the mental stress but once the student can adapt quickly it is time to change the exercise.
Person with bag walks down line of students who have eyes shut. When their position number is called, the student opens her eyes and reacts by moving off the ‘line of attack’ and counters with an appropriate technique.
Person with mitt walks down line of students who have eyes shut. When their position number is called, the student opens his eyes and reacts by moving off the ‘line of attack’ and counters with an appropriate technique.