Taekwondo Martial Arts Basics : How to Do a Middle Block in Taekwondo Martial Arts
Hello! My name is Sid Nelson, master instructor
in Martial Arts. I’m representing expertvillage.com. Okay, the next block that we’re going to show
you is called the middle block. This will protect the middle area from the face to the
waist. I’ll be using a back stance to show you this block. The blocking arm will stay
at a 90-degree angle. The fist will be about eye high. We will place the blocking arm down
in front of us as if we’re looking at watch on our wrist. The other arm will be placed
on the top. When I pull with one arm, I can use that arm to help create more force with
the blocking arm. We’re going to reach the arms about where the elbow will meet, turn
the wrist outwards, and first we’ll start by pulling with the elbows out. As the elbows
come out, the arms will then take their place, the blocking arm will come up, and the other
arm will retreat back to the belt, and at the very last moment upon impact with your
block you will twist at the wrist. Once again, we’ll keep it about eye high. A good practice
with your blocks is to just set them up properly and then go at a slow motion just to get the
hang of it. Once you feel that you’re getting the hang of it, then increase your speed.
Remember, slow practice equals fast progress.