This collection of 16 short instructional videos has lessons from all of the videos in the Junsado instructional series by Sang H. Kim.
The Joongbong, or short stick, is the most versatile and easy to learn weapon. Once mastered, the principles of the Joongbong can be applied to any blunt weapon. The most comfortable length for the Joongbong is the length of your arm from the armpit to the middle fingertip when you stretch your arm out with your fingers fully open.
Grip the Joongbong approximately one to two inches above the end. The tip of the Joongbong aims at the eyes or the Adam’s apple of the opponent with your arm at almost a 90 degree angle to the Joongbong.
There are five different blocks: high, cross, inside, outside, and low block. There are five offense skills: straight strike, thrust, inside cut, outside cut, and cross cuts. There are five footwork: forward, backward, two lateral steps, and turn step.
If you want to learn how to use the Joongbong properly, the Joongbong Fundamentals and Patterns video is a good place to start.
Joongbong Fundementals include stances, grip, footwork, offensive skills, defensive skills, and the correct way to evade, cut, strike, thrust and block with the Joongbong against an opponent. Sang H. Kim thoroughly explains every step of the training as you follow along.
Joongbong Patterns are three forms of Joongbong combat with applications and step by step explanation. Beginning from the most basic skills introduced in Joongbong Fundamentals, you will learn how to integrate your techniques into a flowing pattern of offense and defense. Each new pattern introduces increasingly difficult combinations of footwork, attack and defense to upgrade and refine your weapon skills.
The following article is based on the principles and techniques taught in the Knife Defense videos. It is intended to give a brief overview of the central tenet of knife combat for the experienced martial artist. This article is for educational purposes only.
Many years have passed since my last mission as a special agent in the military. Looking back, I find something valuable from what I learned in the training Academy. My combat instructor T. Kim used to scream at us during the grueling knife-fighting training sessions, “Once engaging, do not run away from your opponent, get closer to him! Dissolve the knife in your head!”
In the midst of chaotic situations where knives, clubs, metal pipes, rocks flying around, our unit members who tried to run away from the attackers got seriously injured. Those who chose to stay closer and fight, by following T. Kim’s instruction, survived.
The cardinal rule of combat, whether against a knife or an empty-handed adversary is “Once engaging, stay tactically close to your opponent!” Especially when your opponent is armed with a knife, there is often no way out but to stay close and fight. The keys for surviving in close quarters combat against a knife are:
First, read the intent of your enemy. In combat, the enemy has only one motive, to eliminate you and obtain his objective. This often made the first assessment for me simple – there was not option to escape or placate my attackers. In civilian life, however, you must read your attacker’s intentions. Assess what he wants from you: your money, your car, your pride, your honor, your life – assailants have many motives for attacking their victims. If you can buy your way out of a situation, whether through material possessions or your wits, this is your best option. Do not hesitate to give the attacker if he wants if it means he will spare you injury. Continue reading
Ssang Bong literally means double (ssang) stick (bong). There is a time and a situation for use of two weapons, particularly when encountering multiple opponents. You can also practice the double sticks against a solo opponent striking multiple targets simultaneously. You should not favor either of the sticks since, if you do, you will be distracted by your own thoughts of two weapons. Treat them like one set of weapons working together as the two wheels of a cart carry a wagon. Offense and defense should seamlessly flow into another offense and defense.
The primary stick should be held firmly in your dominant hand; the secondary stick in the other hand. In a non-combat situation, hold both sticks in your non-dominant hand in a natural stance. There are less than dozen different postures for situations arising: ready posture, middle offense posture, middle guard posture, low defense posture, high defense posture, high low posture, high side posture, side open posture (high-side), frontal open posture (high-low), combat posture (normal fighting position).
For defense, the primary hand moves for high, low, inside, and outside blocks; the secondary hand supports the primary hand by executing inside, outside (reverse), and chop blocks. When the primary weapon creates an opening the secondary penetrates further, and then the primary completes the destruction.
Offensive techniques include strike, thrust (straight and reverse), inside cut and outside cut. Targets are the head, eyes, temple, ear, nose, neck, wrist, arm, torso, and legs. Continue reading
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.
CHARACTERISTICS 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. Continue reading