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About Carl

Carl is a former competitor with over 8 years international competition and 6 years international coaching experience. Carl now works as a UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning coach at Liverpool John Moores University (one of Europe's leading Sport Science institutions) and also has qualifications in performance nutrition and sports therapy. He has just completed his Masters degree studying the field of making weight and physiology of Olympic Taekwondo competition and is now studying for his PhD within the same fields.

Taekwondo Competition – Talent Transfer A New Era For Taekwondo? Pt1

Talent Transfer in sport is a programme which has been utilized by many sporting organizations and bodies for a number of years, especially Taekwondo. Put simply talent transfer is where an athlete in one sport changes their focus to another sport. This can be due to a number of variables including higher probability of sporting success or even sporting inclusion in certain events i.e. Olympic Games.
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Taekwondo Nutrition – The Science Pt1

Tae Kwon Do FuelNutrition for Taekwondo performance is massively important and I CANNOT stress this message enough! I didn’t really understand how much of a vital role nutrition had to play in the overall training plan until I started to study it myself but I suppose it is a no brainer really in a weight mediated sport like ours.

The purpose of this article is going to be an introduction into why good nutrition is so important for Taekwondo performance and the benefits of a balanced diet.
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Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – PNF Stretching

Tae Kwon Do SplitsRecall from our previous article [Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – Factors Affecting Stretching] about the science of flexibility I briefly touched on PNF stretching.

To recap Proprioceptors are special sensory receptors located within muscles, joints and tendons which are sensitive to pressure and tension and relay information to the central nervous system (CNS) via sensory and motor neurons.

Recall intrafusal muscle fibres or muscle spindles are proprioceptors which provide information about muscle length. Golgi tendon organs (GTO) are proprioceptors which are located within the tendon and are activated when muscle tension increases.
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Taekwondo Strength Training – How To Perform The Flat Benchpress

In the previous article [Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Bench Press] we discussed the benefits and uses of the flat benchpress within a strength training programme.

In this article we will address how to perform the movement correctly and safely. To perform the movement using a barbell (either fixed i.e. Smith machine or free) we need to focus on five distinct phases as follows:
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Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Benchpress

Tae Kwon Do Strength & Conditioning Training One of the best exercises a Taekwondo athlete can use in the gym as a part of their Strength & Conditioning program (and again even pretty much all year round!) is the flat benchpress.

In our last Strength & Conditioning articles [ Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Back Squat and Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – How To Perform The Back Squat ] we covered the Squat, it’s benefits and then how to do it. In this article I’m going to cover the Benchpress and in the following article, I will cover how to execute it best.
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Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – How To Perform The Back Squat

Strength Training for TaekwondoIn the previous article [Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Back Squat] we discussed the benefits and uses of the back squat within a strength training program. In this article we will address how to perform the movement correctly and safely. To perform the movement using a barbell (either fixed i.e. Smith machine or free) we need to focus on five distinct phases as follows:
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Taekwondo Strength Training Basics – The Back Squat

Tae Kwon Do Strength & Conditioning Training One of the best exercises a Taekwondo athlete can use in the gym as a part of their Strength and Conditioning program (and even pretty much all year round!) is the back squat.

There are many variations of the squat movement and the back squat is what is regarded as the “classical” all round movement for lifting with legs. Here I will discuss how the squat movement works and what benefits you gain from performing it.
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Taekwondo Training – Elements Of A Strength & Conditioning Program

Tae Kwon Do Strength & Conditioning TrainingIn Taekwondo training, a good Strength and Conditioning program is a vital component to your success, both short and long term.  To gain a better understanding of a proper Strength and Conditioning program we need to understand some of the key elements that is in one.

Firstly as stated in previous articles we need to know what we are training for. What is our goal and what do we need to do to achieve it? Once we know this we can then start to periodize our training.  We cover this in more detail at Taekwondo Training – Periodization I and Taekwondo Training – Periodization II
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Taekwondo Flexibility 101 – Factors Affecting Stretching

Taekwondo StretchingThere are many different factors that affect stretching and flexibility in Taekwondo.

One of the main things I see as a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) and Taekwondo coach is different levels of flexibility. Some kids, as soon as they enter the gym, can stretch right down into box splits. Others have to train for years to barely touch their toes.
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