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Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While kneeling

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Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While kneeling

“Releasing is performed in three different ways: either by a direct attack to a vulnerable or vital spot, breaking the joint of the attacking hand or arm, or by a logical releasing motion which is usually accompanied by a counter attack.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.5. p.278)

“The defender must know how to make use of his or her opponent’s momentum and force, while utilizing his or her dynamic and reflexive actions against momentarily undefended target.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.5. p.278)

While kneeling

X (attacker), Y (defender). The roles of X and Y can be reversed so that both practitioners can practice all movements.

X and Y are sitting facing each other, in kneeling position with hands placed on their legs.

Method 1

X: Lean forward and with both hands grab both hands of Y
Y: Twist both hands inward while raising them up. The hands will be released.
Y: With the raised hands, perform a twin fist high vertical punch at the face of X

Method 2

X: Lean forward and with both hands grab both hands of Y
Y: Twist and raise the right hand upwards. The right hand will be released. The left hand is still held by the right hand of X.
Y: With the freed right hand, grab the right hand of X
Y: With both hands, twist clockwise the right hand of X. The right wrist of X will be bent, and the upper body of X will bend down.
Y: Bending the wrist of X further will result in pain to X. More bending of the wrist of X may break the wrist of X.

Taekwon-Do is a practical art; hence it can be learnt only from an instructor. Words, diagrams and videos can help only as a reference, and they cannot replace an instructor. Expert practical guidance from an instructor is invaluable.

“Certainly the most important asset any training hall can have is a good instructor. There is no substitute for a well-trained, intelligent, perceptive and patient instructor.” – Gen. Choi Hong Hi (Vol.6, p.17).


Choi, H. H. (1985). Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do (Vols. 1–15). Vienna: International Taekwon-Do Federation.

Also see:

Self-Defence Techniques (Hosin Sul): An Introduction


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