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Types of Motion

There are different types of motion in Taekwon-Do. Here we discuss four types of motion in Taekwon-Do: normal motion, continuous motion, fast motion and slow motion.

Normal Motion

Most techniques in Taekwon-Do are performed in normal motion. Techniques are carried out one at a time. All the moves in Saju Jirugi, Saju Makgi and Chon-Ji use normal motion.

One breath is required for one move or technique, with the exception of a continuous motion.

Continuous Motion

When Taekwon-Do moves are performed in continuous motion:

  • There should be no gap between the two techniques; as one finishes the other begins
  • The two techniques are performed with a single count.
  • The two techniques are performed in one continuous breath
  • There are two sine waves, one for each move

An example of continuous motion is moves 13 and 14 in the pattern Dan-Gun. A low outer forearm block is followed immediately by a rising block. These two blocks are performed from the same stance using the same attacking tool (left forearm) in a continuous motion.

Fast Motion

When Taekwon-Do moves are performed in fast motion:

  • There should be no gap between the two techniques; as one finishes the other begins
  • Two techniques are performed with a single count
  • There are two separate breaths, one breath for each each technique (unlike continuous motion)
  • There is only one sine wave shared between the two techniques

An example of fast motion is moves 2 and 3 in the pattern Yul-Gok. The sitting stance middle front punches are performed in fast motion.

Also in the pattern Do-San, moves 15 and 16 (right and and left middle section punches) are performed in fast motion.

Slow Motion

When Taekwon-Do moves are performed in slow motion:

  • One technique is performed slowly (over about 4 seconds)
  • There is one slow breath
  • There is one sine wave performed slowly

Examples of slow motion are the pressing blocks and angle punches in the pattern Joong-Gun. These techniques are performed in slow motion.