Different versions of Taekwondo are being taught around the world. The techniques and patterns taught in each version are basically the same with a few variations. Some variations are organization based, some are due to the instructor's training in other martial arts, and some are simply the personal idiosyncrasies of individual instructors. Some instructors have sound reasons for the way they perform certain techniques; others just do them without question. Here are a few of the variations I have noticed in my training with various instructors in various Taekwondo organizations.
- Both feet should point forward (a forced position).
- Rear foot should angle outward slightly (a natural position).
- As long as the width is suitable for stability and movement, the amount of width is merely aesthetic.
- Feet should rest be in the opposite corners of an imaginary square on the floor.
- Feet should be in the opposite corners of an imaginary rectangle on the floor.
- Stepping foot moves straight forward for quickness.
- Stepping foot moves inward and then outward in a crescent shape (moon-walking) for stability.
Center of Mass
- Center of mass should not move vertically while moving for stability.
- Center of mass should rise and then drop into the next stance (sine wave) for power.
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