Jang Bong: Long Stick Fundamentals

The Jang Bong is a long stick, approximately 60 inches in length (practically your height length). It can be used to defend against an empty handed or armed attacker with ease from medium and long distance.


Jang Bong fundamentals include two basic grips (for long and close range fighting), stances, 10 basic blocks, and basic offensive movements including straight striking, circular striking, hooking, thrusting, scooping and controlling techniques, and 8 Circular Drills as well as proper warm-up, knowledge of targets.


There are 8 Jang Bong Forms in Junsado: Jang Bong Il Hyung, Jang Bong Ee Hyung, Jang Bong Sam Hyung, Form of Change, Form of Circle, Form of Iron, Form of Mind, Form of Void.

jangbong fundamentalCHARACTERISTICS OF FORMS:

The foremost element of each form is effectiveness in handling the weapon. Techniques utilized in the forms include thrusting, striking, blocking, scooping, side turn and spinning movements, combined with simple techniques for offensive and defensive tactics. Each form has a unique emphasis such as centering, leverage, adaptation, versatility, and coordination of the body and weapon.


Good centering means good control of the weapon and proper distribution of power. Powerful impact comes from smooth transitions and precise aim.


Jang Bong striking angles include inward and outward horizontal strikes, downward and upward diagonal strikes, and outward and inward circular strikes.


You can pivot your body from less than 45 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees and 360 degrees or more. You should always synchronize the pivoting and striking motions and strike and turn without hesitation. For full spin strikes, move 90 to 360 degree for power and deception according to the situation.


Reverse grip is useful at close distance. You can strike high or low, or hook the leg or neck of the opponent.


Shift your weight one leg at a time so that you have at-least one leverage point at all times.


The 3 centering points for controlling Jang Bong are the belly, the chest center, and the middle of the wrist. The belly center is responsible for keeping the body centered while moving. It moves on horizontal plane. The chest center is responsible for synchronizing the forces of the left and right hands, controlling the amount and direction of power. The wrist center is responsible for minute control of the weapon.


There are two types of 8 directional strikes: horizontal and vertical. Horizontal 8 directional strikes help you develop the ability to cope with multiple opponents. Vertical 8 direction strikes are useful for striking multiple targets of an opponent.


The Jang Bong Fundamentals and Patterns video (also on DVD) introduces the fundamentals of the jangbong including the two basic grips (for long range and close distance fighting), fundamental stances, 10 basic blocks, and fundamental offensive movements including straight striking, circular striking, hooking, thrusting, scooping and controlling techniques. It also includes a warm-up recommended for use before beginning jangbong practice, a look at the vital points for striking with the jangbong, partner and solo practice drills and many tips to improve both performance and understanding of this unique weapon.

The Jang Bong Patterns video (also on DVD) teaches 5 challenging forms for the Jang Bong long stick, building on the material in the fundamentals video. These forms introduce new techniques and more complex combinations to take your Jang Bong skills to a new level.