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Palm Heel Pressing Block
( 바탕손 눌러막기 batangson nulleo makgi )
Difficulty Level: Intermediate Technique: Blocks ( 막기 makgi )
A standard block used to deflect incoming kicks and punches. Open the hand and use the "bottom of the palm" to block the trunk area. The bottom of the palm is called batangson ( 바탕손 ). The open hand is raised up to shoulder height and thrust directly down to meet the attackers hand or limb. The heel of the hand makes contact with the attacker’s forearm in case of a punch, or the shin in case of a kick. In the case of using the wrist area to block the attack it is called palmok (wrist area). Although simple, it requires a lot of partner training to get the timing of this Taekwondo block correct.
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