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Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While standing: Defense from a full “Nelson” neck hold


Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While standing: Defense from a full “Nelson” neck hold

“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 standing: Defense from a full “Nelson” neck hold

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


X: From behind Y, take both hands under the armpits of Y and hold the back of the neck of Y. This is a full “Nelson” neck hold.
Y: Bend from the knees and drop the weight down by sliding down, while lifting both arms straight upwards. Y will fall on the ground on the back and the hold of X will be released.
Y: While on the ground, with the right foot perform a high twisting kick to X. X will stagger backwards, while Y quickly gets up and faces 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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