A Palmheel Block (also known as batangson magki) is a block in which the palm of the hand is used to block.
The Chamber: The blocking hand is brought to the side of the body -- palm facing downward and inward at an angle -- at about shoulder height. The hand is held similar to a knifehand.
When doing forms, the off-hand fist is aimed straight forward.
The Block: The blocking hand is brought slightly downward and inward, to end at the solar plexus. The wrist is slightly bent backwards. The hand is held mostly vertical, so that the palm is basically facing sideways.
- Helpful tip: make "praying hands" directly in front of your body at about solar plexus height, and then pushing the praying-hands forward as far as they can go while still being pressed against each other. Now take away one hand...that's about where your hand should be when you finish a palmheel block.
The off-hand fist is simultaneously brought back to the waist.
Variation: Palmheel Pressing BlockEdit
In this variation (also called a Downward Palm Block), the palm is facing downward at the conclusion of the block, rather than facing sideways. The Palmheel Pressing Block appears in the form Koryo for instance.
- Note: This block should not be confused with the Pressing Palm Block.
Variation: Supported Palmheel BlockEdit
As with most blocks, this block can be "augmented" using the off-hand. In this case it is called an Supported Palmheel Block or sometimes a Augmented Palmheel Block. When performed in Taegeuk Chil Jang, for example, the Palmheel Block is supported at the elbow by the fist of the off-hand.
- Palmheel Block on Taekwondo Preschool