Today I'll talk about Yetbeop Taekyun.
Yetbeop is a set of deadly techniques of Taekyun which were 'used before but forbidden now for its danger.'
They were forbidden in Taekyun match due to their risk of injury.
The grandmaster Song Dukki said that Yetbeop can cause some big fights if it's used in Kyulyun Taekyun.
Since the Taekyun match is based on rules from the Joseon Dynasty, we don't exactly know what era 'Yetbeop' (which also means the old way in Korea) indicates.
We can only guess that there were powerful techniques besides those used in the match.
Training them professionally is called 'Yetbeop Taekyun.'
'Yetbeop' is mainly consisted of hand techniques and the kicking techniques are too critical to be used in a match.
For the hand techniques, the back of the hand, blade, palm, arm, and elbow are utilized, and for the kicking techniques, the front of the sole, heel, side of the foot, and knee are employed with straight kicks.
There are some distinctive techniques unique to Taekyun.
These techniques are simple but yet very effective in suppressing the opponent.
Then why was this great Yetbeop Taekyun not widely trained before?
Like I've mentioned before, the major project of Taekyun has been the reproduction of the Taekyun match. With the effort of many Taekyun practitioners for the last 30 years, Taekyun match has become stabilized. Nowadays many Taekyun kkun are having a good Taekyun match.
As the Taekyun match has become stabilized, I think it's time to focus on Yetbeop Taekyun and its martial arts techniques. This is also the demand of today. People desire more effective and direct self-defense techniques and expect Taekyun to battle other martial arts outside the Taekyun match. So now, training and match for such demand are needed. And that is Yetbeop Taekyun.
Amongst the prejudice that traditional martial arts are not practical enough, Yetbeop Taekyun will show that a new way can be found from the old. By integrating traditional Taekyun and modern combat training, Yetbeop Taekyun will become the bridge between the old and the new, the most powerful practical martial arts based on tradition, and the most modernized traditional martial art.
And especially for Master Hwang's Yetbeop Taekyun, I've consistently trained Taekyun and Yetbeop and, at the same time, learned other martial arts for several years, studying and analyzing modern combat techniques with other experts to apply them to Yetbeop Taekyun. I hope to find companions who will suggest a wider range of training and develop Taekyun together.
Thank you for your reading.