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Cha ryuht! Kyung nae. Hello, my name is Grand Master Ken MacKenzie, President of The World SinMoo Hapkido Federation and the proud owner of MacKenzie's Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido Institutes in South Jersey. We will be discussing Tae Kwon Do, the most popular marital art in the world, originally coming from Korea, it is now practice worldwide by over 70 million students. Tae Kwon Do literally translates to the way of the kicking foot in smash and fist. Having already stretched and warmed up, we will now demonstrate some basic Tae Kwon Do techniques. While there are a hundreds Tae Kwon Do techniques, we will demonstrate a few at this time. Horse stance, "Ha-i". "Ha-i." Middle section punch. Hanah. "Ha-i." Dool. "Ha-i." Double punch. Hanah. "Ha-i, ha-i." Dool. "Hai-hai." Triple Tae Kwon Do punch. Hahah. "Tae kwon do." Dool. "Tae kwon do." Outer right hand strike. Hanah. "Ha-o." Dool. "Ha-i." Inside right hand strike. Hanah. "Ha-i." Dool. "Ha-i." Paddle. "Ha-i." Right foot back, low block. Ha-i. "Ha-i." Low section block. Hanah. "Ha-i." Dool. "Ha-i." Middle section block. Hanah. "Ha-i." Dool. "Ha-i." High section block. Hanah. " Ha-i." Dool. "Ha-i." Paddle. "Ha-i." All Tae Kwon Do employs a myriad of techniques. This is perhaps best known for its kicks. Tae Kwon Do kickers are among the best kickers in the world. We'll now demonstrate some of our basic Tae Kwon Do kicks, beginning with the front snap kick. "Ha-i." "Hu." The jump front snap kick. "Ha-i." "Hu." The hatchet kick. "Ha-a." "Ha-a." The roundhouse kick. "Ha-a." "Ha-a." The 360 spinning roundhouse kick. "Ha-i, ha-i." "Ha-a, ha-a." The inside outside crescent kick. "Ha-i, ha-i." "Hu, hu." Spinning outside crescent kick. "Ha-i." Hu." The jump spinning inside crescent kick, often called the tornado kick. "Ha-a, ha-i." "Hu, hu." The step behind hook kick. "Ha-i." "Ha-a." The spinning hook kick. "Ha-i." "Ha-a, ha-a." After the student has learned many of the techniques found in Tae Kwon Do, they learn what is called pattern, or in Korean a tool or hyung. A pattern is a pre-choreographed set of movements that the students must memorize. Turning. Cha ryuht! Choon bi. Ha-i." This pattern that we will practice is called pattern Tan Gun. It's named after the legendary founder of Korea. Pattern Tan Gun. "Tan Gun Hyung." Seijak. "Ha-i." "Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh, ha-i." "Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh, ha-i." "Sh-sh-sh, ha-i." These pattern simulate fighting multiple opponents coming in from the various sides. Paddle. "Ha-a." Thank you for being with us today. I hope you enjoyed this basic segment on Tae Kwon Do, Korea's most popular martial art. For more information, be sure to log onto, www.mackenziesmartialarts.com. Cha ryuht! Kyung nae.


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