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Timing relates to the interval between two actions. It is important in all aspects of Taekwondo
- Training. Training partners appreciate good timing since they do not want to hurt each other or themselves while practicing techniques. For example, during a board break, a mistimed 360 jump-spin side kick may miss the boards and hit the holders.
- Sparring. Timing is used to control an opponent's actions and reactions. Timing may be used to strike when the opponent has a target exposed or to cause opponent to expose a target by your using timing to deceive him or her. Good timing helps ensure:
- Your focus is correct
- You have time to complete a technique
- You are able to avoid or block an attack
- You are in a good position for judges to see your attacks.
- Patterns. Timing is important throughout a pattern, but some patterns have timing changes that are a part of the movements.
- Self-Defense. Timing is vital in self-defense since your, or your attacker's, life or death may be evolved. A split-second misjudgment may affect the rest of your live, or it may end it.
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