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If you like to kick, the ancient Korean martial art taekwondo might be the right self-defense regimen for you. "Tae" means "foot" or "leg"; not surprisingly, you'll find a lot of kicking moves in taekwondo. They're all demonstrated by expert Jason Ok in these videos, along with effective sparring and blocking techniques.
I'm going to teach you guys how to do a back kick and a jump back kick. I'm going to first stay in a fighting stance, like this. Now I'm going to do the first step. It's called a back turn. So, one. Now when I turn back here, I'm going to raise my back leg and I'm going to fold my legs up, like this, two. Make sure your knees doesn't come up sideways. OK. I like to go here. So one more time. One, two, and at the end, three. Give it a kick and turn. One more time. One, two, three, bring it back in, recover, land, and turn around. Now a jump back kick is similar to a back kick, but all you have to do is just add a hop. From here, we're going to turn, one, and just give it a jump kick. One more time. One. So now a little fast speed. One more time. Now I'm going to practice with my partner. He's holding the shield target again. He's holding around body length. Now the first thing I'm going to do is turn, one. Now, make sure you fold your legs, two, and make sure it's straight behind you. Don't go more. Don't go less. Right there. OK. One more time in a fast demonstration. Stay in a relaxed state. Now a jump back kick. We're going to have our fighting stance. We're going to turn and jump in the air at the same time and throw a back kick. One more time. A little faster speed. This way. Now I like to train timing drills with my opponent. Now, my opponent, he's going to like to come in. This kind of shows that my opponent is running after me. Now when my opponent runs after me, I'm going to counter him back with a back kick or, my favorite, jump back kick. I like to use a jump back kick because it actually adjusts the distance while you're in the air a little bit. Make sure you don't jump too high. So from here, I'm waiting. One more time. And that's how we do a back kick and a jump back kick.