Kun Gek Do
(Korean Kickboxing, Gwon-gyokdo)
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Principles and Techniques
The idea is to use the basic Taekwondo Kicking style, but with the blend of leg blocks, knees and elbows that makes Muay Thai so powerful. Some Muay Thai movements that are judged less efficient have been removed, such as the stepping that has been changed to Taekwondo slides and quick steps.
The punch dodge (similar to American style boxing ducks) has been added to replace the faulty "back up" Muay Thai uses, which enables the practitioner to counter more quickly. Kun Gek Do uses no open-hand movements. The choice is motivated by the thought that when a person blocks or strikes with full power, an open hand can result in broken or dislocated fingers.
Kunn Gek Do foot techniques are a combination of taekwondo and kickboxing movements. Taekwondo elements can be seen in the way the front kick pushes rather than snaps out; the back kick, the side kick, and the spinning hook kick are also used. Also incorporated into Kun Gek Do is the Thai-style roundhouse kick, which lands with the shin rather than the foot, but is executed in Taekwondo snapping style to increase speed.
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Kun Gek Do is a Korean martial art also known as 'Kyuk Too Ki' in some parts of Korea. The term Kun Gek Do stands for "the art of attacking and punching", "Kun" (pronounced "gwun") means 'fist' or 'punch', "Gek" (pronounced "gyuk") is part of the work "gong gyuk," meaning 'attack'. And "do", of course, means the 'art' or 'way'.