Until we make our own videos showing the self-defence releasing motions, thought you would like to see this demo from the Korean demonstration team

These techniques are not only most interesting in Taekwon-Do but also the most advanced. They are in every sense, for a practical self-defence. Most of these techniques except for breaking motions are the logical application of various motions acquired from patterns, sparring, and fundamental movements to be used against a sudden attack by an armed or unarmed opponent.

The defender must know how to make use of his or her opponents momentum and force, while utilising his or her dynamic and reflexive actions against momentarily undefended target.

Certainly, these self-defence techniques can only be effective if the student takes the time to constantly train with them under realistic conditions.

How to release from a grab (Jappyosul Tae)

It is unlikely that a Taekwon-Do black belt will ever be grabbed by an assailant. However, below is illustrated a technique that can be effective.

Releasing is performed in three different ways: either by a direct attack to a vulnerable or vital spot, breaking the joint of the attacking hand or arm, or by a logical releasing motion which is usually accompanied by a counter attack.

Since this technique might be used against a physically stronger opponent, the defender should not attempt to pull but rather to push the grabbing hand or foot at the same coordinating the body to make use of the opponent’s momentum and the instinctive pulling motion of the opponent with rare exceptions.


A – Attacking motion

B – Breaking motion

R – Releasing motion