HOOK KICK

Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS -

Tar­get: The pres­sure point called dae choo. “This one is lo­cated on the back of the neck, along the spine, just above where the neck joins with the shoul­ders,” Suh said.

Tool: The heel of the foot. Tu­to­rial: “When this gen­eral area on their op­po­nent is ex­posed, kuk sool prac­ti­tion­ers like to aim for that pres­sure point be­cause it af­fects the per­son’s back and spine,” Suh ex­plained. A con­trolled kick to dae choo will in­duce dis­ori­en­ta­tion and make the per­son un­able to stand tem­po­rar­ily. When he falls, he prob­a­bly won’t be able to get up for a while, de­pend­ing on how hard you kick, Suh added.

“Us­ing more force with this kick can cause dam­age to the spine, so re­mem­ber to use con­trol,” he said. “In self-de­fense, you want to send him a [mes­sage] that says, ‘If I go harder, you’re go­ing to have a prob­lem.’ Yes, you can do that if you need to, but hit­ting any­body with more force than nec­es­sary is abus­ing the mar­tial arts. Con­trol­ling your power is much eas­ier to do when you can con­trol your emo­tions.”

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