Tag Archives: Tae Kwan Do

“Psyching Out” Your Opponent in Taekwondo Competition

Tae Kwon Do Winning SystemsAt a local Taekwondo Competition last weekend. The competition wasn’t a very high standard, but it was good enough for experienced players to try stuff out and more or less get a good workout from it.

While watching a match, I overheard a Taekwondo player talking about how he was “looking at his next opponent” and how he was trying to “psych him out” – and it really made me laugh.
Continue reading

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.
Continue reading

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.
Continue reading

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 🙂
Continue reading

Taekwondo Stretching 101

Tae Kwon Do SplitsI have been giving a lot of thought about how to approach the subject of the science behind stretching and flexibility. There is a whole wealth of information readily available on the subject of stretching and flexibility but it can be way too saturated and weighed down at times with information that athletes and coaches don’t really need to know about. At the end of the day all you guys want to know is how to get more flexible as quickly as possible!

As mentioned in a previous article static, active and dynamic forms of flexibility are all elements which are important to a Taekwondo athlete. A great example of this is the dollyo chagi or turning kick where the muscles of the supporting leg are stretched statically whilst the muscles of the kicking leg are rotated dynamically and actively held. The whole goal is to increase the Range Of Motion (ROM) within the body – to kick people in head!

So what exactly happens when we stretch?
Continue reading

Taekwondo Sparring Mental Games

Taekwondo SparringSo, you’re at a competition, you’re feeling a bit nervous. The Taekwondo players in your weight division are all experienced, some moreso than you.  So how to do you give yourself the advantage?

How do you get around those nerves and thoughts that don’t help you and turn them into something that works for you?
Continue reading

Taekwondo Top 10 Super Foods

Tae Kwon Do SuperfoodsHere is a list of the top ten super foods that most health experts agree on. From fruits and vegetables, to whole grains, nuts, beans and legumes, this power-packed nutritional list will improve your training, and most importantly, your competitive edge!
Continue reading

Taekwondo Nutrition Super Fast Smoothie

Taekwondo SmoothieOk, so you’re looking for something quick and easy to make after training… You’re stuck for something that tastes good AND is healthy too. You’re bored of protein bars and junk food is out of the question. So what do you do..?
Continue reading

Bodyfat In Taekwondo And What It Does

Tae Kwon Do And BodyfatOk, we have bodyfat. Now, some have more than others, but that’s just the way it goes…

As Taekwondo people we spend quite a lot of time looking to get rid of as much as we can so we’re on weight, and also to look good. 😉

But what does it do, and why sometimes does is just not move, no matter what we do?
Continue reading

Overcoming Your Weight Loss Plateau In Taekwondo

Taekwondo Weighing ScalesAmong diet experts, there is a rarely mentioned adaptation of the body that prevents a diet program from achieving the maximum results. This adaptation, the Weight Loss Plateau, can be tackled in a variety of ways.

Most of these involve changes in your training or diet regimen. While keeping your  metabolic rate elevated can be a difficult process, it can be done.
Continue reading