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Single KnifeHand Outward Block
( 한손날 바깥막기 hansonnal bakkat makgi )
Difficulty Level: Intermediate Technique: Blocks ( 막기 makgi )
The hand is kept in a knife hand position to block attacks to the torso. As the front arm sweeps down in an arc from the inside to the outside of the body, the back hand is simultaneously pulled back to the back hip and ready for a counter punch. The important thing to remember is that the block is moving in a straight line across the chest. Remember to keep the wrists straight, the blocking arm is angled 90-120 degrees, and the knifehand is as high as the shoulder.
Experienced practitioners learn through repetition and muscle memory when (not just how) to launch particular blocks, based on the circumstances they are facing. Fights and fighters may have ebbs and flows in momentum and action that become predictable. Disrupting this flow may give the striker an advantage.
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