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High White Belt

Below is a description of some of the most basic elements a high white belt must learn. Following that is a description of your poomse, Kibon Dool.

High Punch

The high punch is executed the same way as a middle punch, but it lands in a different place. Instead of the solar plexus, you aim for your opponent's face, just under the nose. Once again, you imagine an opponent exactly your size when you are aiming.

High Block

A high block protects your head. It is best practiced in front of a mirror. There are variations on the preparation, but in general, the hand that is blocking must be on the outside, the wrists must twist at the last moment, and you must end up in the correct position when you've completed the block.

Prepare for a left high block by twisting both your arms to the right of your body. With your left arm on the outside, your hands in fists, make an X with your wrists together facing each other (i.e., left palm facing you, right palm facing away from you). As you block, your left arm goes up, the fist twisting at the end of the block. The right elbow is pulled back, your fist twisting palm up just as it reaches your side (in a position to punch, if necessary).

The high block should land about one fist in front of your face and high enough to protect the top of your head. Your arm should be stretched across so that an attacker cannot hit the far side of your head.

While an overhead attack with a weapon might break your arm, the high block will prevent the weapon from hitting your head. It is most important to protect your brain!

Kibon Dool -- Basic Two

Kibon Dool follows the same pattern as Kibon Hana, with two changes. The middle punches to the left and right are replaced by high punches. The three punches done to the front and back are replaced by high blocks. This form has only one stance, the forward stance.

1/4 Turn left, low block, step, high punch.
1/2 Turn right, low block, step, high punch.
1/4 Turn left (to front), low block, step, high block, step, high block, step, high block, ke-up!
3/4 Turn left, low block, step, high punch.
1/2 Turn right, low block, step, high punch.
1/4 Turn left (to back), low block, step, high block, step, high block, step, high block, ke-up!
3/4 Turn left, low block, step, high punch.
1/2 Turn right, low block, step, high punch.
Wait until the instructor tells you to end, then
1/4 Turn left (to front), ready stance.