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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
At 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 →
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 →
Recently, while doing some work with a group of athletes I work with, I went over how they need to view tournaments that they go to for their overall Taekwondo success. I told them that it doesn’t matter about the local competitions, or even the International Open’s whether they win or lose. It’s not about winning. They’re about trying out new stuff, getting comfortable with new techniques and their performance.
People get caught up on that they have to win the whole time. This is especially true when competing either at National level, or at a local tournament. If they’re the local favourite, they feel there is pressure on them to win, every single time. 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 →
I 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!