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Taekwondo master Hee-Il Cho may be 71 years old, but this Korean-American martial artist can still move! As founder of the Action International Martial Arts Association and a 50-year veteran of the martial arts industry, Cho has been featured in more than 70 martial arts magazine feature stories and holds a ninth-degree black belt in taekwondo. See what Cho has to say about groin kicks in this self-defense video shot exclusively for Black Belt!

TAEKWONDO SELF-DEFENSE VIDEO | Hee-Il Cho Discusses Proper Execution of a Front Kick to the Groin

Depicting a double-wrist grab by the attacker, Cho explains, "If he's a very strong man, [a groin kick] won't do too much. He can take your shot. But as soon as this is done, what I want to do most importantly is weaken up his hold." Cho then proceeds to demonstrate a groin kick with his entire shin surface, followed by a quick head butt and a knee to the groin. "Then you gotta get out," Cho says. "Let's not try to teach [people] right away, 'Oh yeah, his thumb's not stronger than my forearm.' That's what they teach you," Cho continues. "Realistic means how easy it is to execute [self-defense techniques] more effectively." Black Belt Executive Editor Robert W. Young, on-site for the shoot, asks Cho, "Are you striking with the shin on this technique?" It's a question that leads to a humorous moment, wherein the 71-year-old taekwondo master goes groin hunting with his foot. "How am I going to find his groin, kicking like that?" Cho asks, putting his foot up to the target zone in question. "Where's his groin? Just go for it with everything you have: the shin, the knee and the whole leg. Just strike into it. How am I going to find it [in a front kick] with my shoe on and everything?"

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