Category Archives: Taekwondo

Taekwondo Training – Your Balance When Kicking In Taekwondo Part 1

Tae Kwon Do TrainingBalance 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.
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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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The Value of Family In Taekwondo Training and Competition

Tae Kwon Do Value Of FamilyWhile 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.

In my last article – Taekwondo Success Is Determined By The People You Associate With – I talked about how the people you hang around with will determine how well you do.
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Taekwondo Success Is Determined By The People You Associate With

Tae Kwon Do Winning SystemsOn 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.
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Taekwondo Training – Periodization II

Tae Kwon Do TrainingIn 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 🙂
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Taekwondo Training – Periodization I

Tae Kwon Do TrainingOK, so we understand it is necessary to be doing Strength and Conditioning in order to be a more proficient athlete or even to meet your weight loss/fitness goals in Taekwondo etc.

But the biggest question I get asked by Tae Kwon Do athletes and coaches alike is where to start? What do you need to do first? This is where periodization takes the forefront.
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Taekwondo Training Boost For You

Tae Kwon Do TrainingOk, so you’re training, possibly 2-3 times a day. You’re doing your best, but there’s always room for a bit more success in your life.

So, what can you do to give you that edge, to accelerate the effects of your Taekwondo training and give you more success at the Taekwondo competitions?

Well there is one thing that you need to do that will bring all your training and nutrition together that is a must for any athlete looking for Success.
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