Oxford SulKiDo Martial Art - Fitness Self-Defence Korean Arts
What happens in a typical session ?
sessions begin with a period of warmup exercise and stretching
designed to bring the body and mind to a state in which the more
vigorous techniques can be practised safely. This is usually followed
by a section practising strikes and other `large scale' movements as
a class, and finally on to more individual tuition for throws, locks,
rolls, escapes and holds. All classes are mixed-ability, but individual
tuition and the progressive
ensures everyone gets a workout
suited to their needs and ability.
The initial section of each class starts with a
to prepare muscles and joints for exercise.
After the first few minutes the warm-up gradually incorporates...
... stretching techniques
to improve flexibility and make training safer.
After the warm-up the session moves onto technique instruction.
Many of the
begin as escapes from grabs and hold, especially in the early
stages of training.
A lot of them finish in a `control position', often on the
If persuasion fails and escape is unfeasible then
one must resort to striking to repel an attacker.
includes a wide repertoire of striking methods, stressing in particular
The striking sections of the syllabus are also very effective at building
fitness and power.
during practise to be of
paramount importance, so before allowing members to use throwing techniques
we ensure they're trained in proper
If a situation devolves into close quarters grappling, knowledge of
techniques could be a decisive advantage.
Sparring is carried out on a light-contact basis (we
don't believe in the sort of practises responsible for brain damage in boxers),
however it's vital to learn how it feels to hit something and we use
a variety of bag techniques for this.
The striking component of our syllabus includes very powerful
graduated thicknesses of wood can be used to assess their power.
is the art of positioning oneself to maximise leverage against
an opponent and thus immobilize or disable them.
We teach knowledge of the
and pressure points within the human
body which make it possible to overcome a stronger assailant.
Correct breathing is vital to any form of self defence. Unfortunately we
couldn't find a good way to show this visually! So you'll just have to come
along to a session...