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Palm Heel Inward Block
( 바탕손 안막기 batangson an makgi )
Difficulty Level: Intermediate Technique: Blocks ( 막기 makgi )
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 wrist should be bent and the blocking technique starts from shoulder level. The finishing point is below the solar plexus area. Palm Heel Inward Blocks are executed against the attacker by quickly pushing their arm away to the right or left side and counterattacking when the procedure is done correctly. The important thing to remember is that the block is moving across the trunk area. The blocking technique is first introduced in Taegeuk #6 Yuk Jang Poomse.
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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