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Bo: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense with Video by Fumio Demura, et al; Paperback ISBN: 1581331452

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The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido by John Stevens - translator, Morihei Ueshiba, et al. Audible Audiobook Paperback Kindle, Hardcover



DO-SAN

Introduction

Meaning

Movements

Diagram

Starting the Form

Steps to the Form

Tips


DO-SAN

Introduction

This form is typically one of the first forms learned when learning one of the various forms of  Ta Kwon Do (Korean Karate).  It is used by both schools teaching traditional Ta Kwon Do and Sport Karate.  I've found that having it written out helps alot.  I have purchased a few forms books and found the written out form helps me to learn it.  An instructor can help you alot when it comes to the nuances, however, you need to be able to go through the kata before the instructor can see what your doing wrong.

Because of the various affiliations, there may be some differences between what I have posted and what the instructor or school expects from the student.  For instance, the traditional karate form as taught in Korea, typically has little allowance for toes bent inward or outward.  Parallel mean parallel.  

Traditional Karate can be hard on your knuckles.  I have a friend who broke his several times on purpose while learning in Korea and he can't use his hand for anything, except maybe breaking boards, bottles and brick.

Meaning

The pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Ch'ang-Ho (1876-1938) who devoted his entire life to furthering the education of Korea and its independent movement.

Movements

There are 24 movements starting in the Parallel Ready Stance

Diagram

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Starting the Form

READY STANCE - FEET SHOULDER WIDTH A PART, HANDS IN FISTS IN FRONT OF BELT.

Steps to the Form

  1. Move the left foot to B, forming a left walking stance while executing a high side block with the left outer forearm.
  2. Execute a middle punch with the right fist.
  3. Move the left foot on line AB, and then turn clockwise to form a right walking stance toward A while executing a high side block with the right outer forearm.
  4. Execute a middle punch with the left fist.
  5. Move the left foot to D, forming a right L-stance at the same time executing a middle guarding block with a knife-hand.
  6. Move the right foot to D, forming a right walking stance, at the same time executing a middle thrust with a right straight fingertip.
  7. Twist a right knife-hand together with the body to the left until its palm faces downward, and then move the left foot to D, turning counterclockwise to form a left walking stance while executing a high side strike with a left back fist.
  8. Move the right foot to D, forming a right walking stance while executing a high side strike with a right back fist.
  9. Move the left foot to E, forming a left walking stance, while executing a high side block with the left outer forearm.
  10. Execute a middle punch with the right fist.
  11. Move the left foot on line EF, and then turn clockwise to form a right walking stance toward F while executing a high side block with the right outer forearm.
  12. Execute a middle punch with the left fist.
  13. Move the left foot to CE, forming a left walking stance, at the same time executing a high wedging block with the outer forearm.
  14. Execute a middle front snap kick with the right foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 13.
  15. Lower the right foot to CE, forming a right walking stance, at the same time executing a middle punch with the right fist. Perform in a fast motion.
  16. Execute a middle punch with the left fist. Perform in a fast motion.
  17. Move the right foot to CF, forming a right walking stance while executing a high wedging block with the outer forearm.
  18. Execute a middle front snap kick with the left foot, keeping the position of the hands as they were in 17.
  19. Lower the left foot to CF, forming a left walking stance while executing a middle punch with the left fist. Perform in a fast motion.
  20. Execute a middle punch with the right fist. Perform in a fast motion.
  21. Move the left foot to C, forming a left walking stance, at the same time executing a rising block with the left forearm.
  22. Move the right foot to C, forming a right walking stance, at the same time executing a rising block with the right forearm.
  23. Move the left foot to B, forming a sitting stance toward D while executing a middle side strike with a left knife-hand.
  24. Bring the left foot to the right foot, and then move the right foot to A, forming a sitting stance, at the same time executing a middle side strike with a right knife-hand.

   End: Bring the right foot back to a ready stance.

Tips

When being judged, the instructor will look for the following:

  1. Your confidence. Find out the protocal for introducing your self and show your confidence by stating your name (and also typically your school/location) loudly and with authority.
  2. Some schools have student yell while executing every strike, while others only do it on particular strikes (i.e. the first strike after a change in direction).  Find out what your instructor expects and when yelling, yell loudly.  It helps with breathing and the arenalin will allow you to hit harder.
  3. Execute you punches and kicks like you are actually striking someone (or something).   The instructor will be looking for solid definate movements.
  4. Finish strongly.  Execute your last movement like you mean it.
  5. Above all, don't fidgit or clown around.  Ta Kwon Do is fun, however, it is also suppose to help instill discipline. While at a tournament or test, it is no time to be distracted or goof off.  The instructors/judges are in most cases, looking at your attitude more than the form.

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