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Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While standing: When finger or fingers are grabbed

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Self-Defence (Hosin Sul): How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae): While standing: When finger or fingers are grabbed

“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: Opponent grabs finger or fingers

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

Method 1

X: With the right hand grab the forefinger of Y
Y: Press the thumb to the forefinger belly and the forefinger will be released

Method 2

X: With the right hand grab the finger belly of Y
Y: Press the thumb to the finger belly, slide the thumb to the middle finger belly, and the finger belly will be released

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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