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As a mar­tial artist, you should train to hit spe­cific tar­gets such as the ones de­scribed here, Suh said. “When you’re a be­gin­ner, pre­ci­sion is not the most im­por­tant thing, but by the time you’re a black belt, you should have no prob­lem do­ing this.

“Tar­get­ing pres­sure points is more ef­fec­tive than just kick­ing any part of the body. When you hit a pres­sure point on a per­son who’s not used to it, he won’t know what’s hap­pen­ing. He’s prob­a­bly never felt that be­fore. Most peo­ple, espe­cially crim­i­nals, think they’re very strong. They have no idea what get­ting hit in a pres­sure point is like. And they know the strike wasn’t that strong, which makes them even more shocked by the ef­fect the tech­nique is hav­ing.”

Of course, hit­ting a small tar­get on a mov­ing per­son is chal­leng­ing, Suh noted. Con­se­quently, pre­ci­sion and speed are more im­por­tant than power. “Pre­ci­sion means your foot is more likely to hit its tar­get, and speed means that if it doesn’t, you have a bet­ter chance of kick­ing again and hav­ing it work. That’s why it’s so im­por­tant to prac­tice year af­ter year.”

To be con­tin­ued in the De­cem­ber 2017/Jan­uary 2018 is­sue of Black Belt. For more in­for­ma­tion about the World Kuk Sool As­so­ci­a­tion, visit kuk­sool­

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