An ITF-style Upward Block

When used in WTF-style taekwondo, the term Upward Block usually refers to a High Block.

When used in ITF-style taekwondo, the term Upward Block (ollyo makgi) refers to a block that is performed mostly with a rear foot or L-stance though occasionally a walking stance is used. The blocking tool should reach the target in a circular motion.The purpose of this block is to "spring up" an opponent's hand, foot, dagger or stick directed against the defenders solar plexus and area above. The palm should reach its point of focus at the defenders solar plexus. Be sure to bend the elbow about 35 degrees outward at the moment of the block.


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