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 Competition – Cook Wins European Quadruple

Aaron Cook Taekwondo Back Kick British Taekwondo phenom Aaron Cook has just accomplished a European Competition First – A Quadruple European Gold haul.

Cook pulled off a stunning fourth European Championships title, making him the first competitor ever to win continental Gold in every possible age group.
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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 Competition – Do You Worry What Others Think?

In Taekwondo competition, especially at World and Olympic level, there are those that stand out from the rest. There are those athletes that everyone wants to see, everyone believes will will and everyone almost wants to be like. These people aren’t very common on our sport, or any sport for that matter. Every sport has this type of person…

Every so often, someone comes along, and it doesn’t matter what they do, they inspire us with what they do.
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Taekwondo Competition – Can Video Gaming Give You The Edge?

Fighting Make You Better Taekwondo Player?Can playing video games make you into a better Taekwondo Player? Can they give you the edge in Taekwondo competitions? Is spending all those hours shooting people left right and center actually going to pay off for you finally?

Well, some studies are showing that it actually just might pay off for you! 🙂
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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 Inspiration – How Great I Am

While browsing the web the other day, I came across a video that really hit me right between the eyes. It’s from one of my heros, not just in sport, but in life in general, with some of the best quotes from some great movies.
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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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