Balance in Taekwondo is one of the most important things, especially when you are kicking in Taekwondo competition or training.
But so many people don’t know they’re off balance, and if they do recognise it, they don’t know how to correct it.
When training people and working on their kicking technique, one of the first things I notice is their balance. You may be asking how it’s possible to see if someone is off balance or not – it’s actually very easy to see.
When you look at someone kick, notice where they land. If their foot is in a straight line with where they started to kick to where they were kicking to, then it’s in line. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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: Continue reading →
While working with athletes, one of the many (if not the highest) issues I have to work on is an athlete’s relationship with their family for the benefit of their Taekwondo Training and Competition Success.
On one of my many journeys to work with athletes to bring them to their next level, I had a talk with a young athlete this weekend, and it brought back to me the importance of who you associate with for success, not just in Taekwondo, but in Life in general.
This athlete was chatting with a “friend” (and I use that term loosely) on Facebook, and this “friend” was talking crap about his coach, and other people. His coach was definitely not happy, not because he was talking crap, but because what he was saying was firstly inaccurate but secondly and more importantly, because this young athlete let it get to him, and it was affecting his mindset. Continue reading →
In the last article – Taekwondo Training – Periodization – we had a brief introduction explaining what periodization is and why it is important. Hopefully you have written your goals and your training elements down as advised.
However we now have all of this information and need to put it into a coherent plan that works in one direction taking us step by step closer to our ultimate goal. Whatever your goal is, whether it be making National Team for the Olympic Games or winning a local competition, the planning process is quite similar… getting to the Olympic Games just takes a little bit longer that’s all 🙂 Continue reading →