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How to Do the Face Block Technique in Taekwondo

Learn how to do the taekwondo face block technique from taekwondo expert Jason Ok in this Howcast video.

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I'm going to be showing you guys how to do a face block technique in Taekwondo sparring. Now a lot of the times when we are doing the face block technique in forms, Taekwondo forms, we sometimes block like this and like that. But in Taekwondo Olympic style sparring, we are just going to actually block like we are raising our hand but in an angle like this and like that.

So, one, if my opponent throws a roundhouse kick to the face, I'm going to block like this. So one more time. One, bang. But there is a little tip here. If I just stand still and block, from where I am, he throws a kick and I might get hurt. His kick might be pretty strong. So he throws a kick, bang, and a lot of people get hurt like that. One of the secrets are, sliding in for a clinch while you're doing that. So he throws a face kick, boom. I go in this way. I like to cut him off that way. Either you slide out, but if you don't have the time, you might have to go in. So again, one, boom, this way.

If he uses the other leg I might have to block with this hand. He might do a switch and throw a roundhouse kick. I go in this way. So one more time. Boom, this way. Now, same thing with the ax kick. I'm very close here and if I don't do anything, he's going to throw his crescent ax kick on my face. So I need to raise my hand up. So he comes in and block the ax kick like that. He switches the stance, I'm here, bang, and I go for the block. One more time. Bang, this way. One more time. Bang, this way.

Again, If you clinch close enough, you might not even have to do the face block. Last one. So he goes for another kick and I just slide in, boom, and I just cut him off, and that's the best way to defense against a face block. But if you don't have the time, you just want to go in and throw your hand up like this. And that's how you do a face block technique in Taekwondo sparring.

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