But Juche's challenging design doesn't exclude self-defense applications. Take steps 37-39:
- 37: Flying two-direction kick (twisting kick with left leg, side kick with right leg), also called a "split kick"
- 38: Land in left diagonal stance twin palm rising block
- 39: Step left leg forward and turn clockwise into right cat stance side elbow thrust
|Two-direction kick application from The Bubishi (left) and Kenwa Mabuni (right)|
A variation is to switch the feet: use the side kick to hook the angle (pulling with the back of your foot) while you use the twisting kick to push into the opponent's knee. This is shown in the gif below.
|Source: Trista Moreno|
Ironically, the application from the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do (right) is close to what I envision for the set. But rather than defensively blocking an axe kick, you are actively lifting the opponent's leg as you get up from the ground, and they are ideally still on the ground. Also, the fact that we are in a left diagonal stance suggests to me that we lift the opponent's right leg, rather than their left leg as is shown in the right image.
Finally we use step 39, the clockwise turn into the side elbow thrust, to twist the opponent's ankle, forcing them (if they are on the ground) to spin onto their belly.
|Turning 180-degrees while twisting the leg or foot can force the opponent onto their stomach. Image source: Judoinfo.com/leglocks|