A knifehand guarding block

The term Guarding Block (daebi makgi) refers to a family of blocks used in ITF-style taekwondo. WTF-style taekwondo has no block called a Guarding Block, though blocks such as the Double Knifehand Block are similar.

Guarding Blocks are frequently used as a ready posture in free sparring, since one can position oneself in a half-facing posture and protect the body completely with both hands. Although the L Stance or Rear Foot Stances  are most widely used, it can also be used with all other stances. The default hand position is a fist, but knifehands can be used as well.

The block: keep the blocking surface half facing the target at the moment of blocking. Bring the opposite knifehand or side fist in front of the chest 3 centimetres from the body. The guarding hands should be flexible enough to protect the whole body against an attack. Keep the body half facing the target at all times.

Variation: Knifehand Guarding BlockEdit

A Knifehand Guarding Block is a Guarding Block performed with knifehands. It looks similar to a WTF-style Double Knifehand Block.

Related TechniquesEdit


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