A couple of senior belts and I met to go over requirements and specifically trained in Hwa-rang on the lawn at College Park today.I wasn't dressed like anything resembling the flower warrior youth group- with a baseball cap and my 'competition' gi from century ma. But we sure looked at techniques that were hard hitting indeed.The few that I'd like to mention quickly are - a counter against a front lunging technique using a deflect then choke associated with a cross body punch; an attack to the neck as a counter against a lapel grab; a response against a punch and cross using the double blocks to parry and attack; and a ruthless joint attack or arm destruction off steps 4-6.The Hwa-rang were known for their kicks, or their reputation was built off formidable kicking techniques. We looked at the low x block, crescent kick, and the low block/elbow strike as a response against a lunge strike. The x block is a deflect and arm capture - the crescent kick is an attack to either the hand (if the opponent is carrying a long range weapon) or if not, is aimed at the elbow or bicep. Once done, the practitioner can access Toi-gye level apps and when bringing down the leg - could expand the body and send the leg strike into the oppnent's knee or thigh on the way down.Surely, something a Hwa-rang would appreciate.LinksHwa-rang: X Block DrillWhy Yet Another Set of Side Kicks?How to do a High Roundhouse Kick to the HeadPower Generation, Commonsense and StrategyCalibrating Taekwondo's Short Range Roundhouse KickTraining Aids that Wreck Combat TechniquesHitting Opponents with Invisible Sparring TechniquesPower Generation in Roundhouse Kick VideosHwa-rang: Roundhouse Kicks, the Long and Short ofRoundhouse Kick: Muay Thai and TaekwondoHwa-rang Step 10 and 11 Close Quarter Strike--Colin WeeChung Sah Nim (Principal)[Traditional Taekwondo Blog | Subscribe | FAQs | Sitemap | FaceBook] And help us rank on Google by clicking the '+1' icon, why don't you?