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. 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.
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 →
I was reading an article about failure and success by a friend of mine this morning, and it got me thinking… It got me thinking about why very few people succeed in Taekwondo competitions and championships, and why so many don’t.
I began to wonder what it is that gives those who win the edge over those who don’t… And it became apparent very quickly that it was all to do with failure.
From training with the best Taekwondo athletes in the world – multiple Olympic and World Taekwondo Champions – to working with some of the best up and coming athletes in the Taekwondo world, that those who have succeeded and won Taekwondo Gold Medals time and time again are the ones who fail, time and time again. Continue reading →
Have you ever looked at your life and actually seen the wonderful things you are doing today, that you never thought were possible? I’m guessing no…
It wasn’t until I was working with an athlete, overcoming some confidence issues, that I actually realised that not only was he doing the Impossible, but I realised that I was doing the Impossible too. Continue reading →
Standing on the shoulders of giants… Some of you may be familiar with the term, but most of you won’t.
If you’re into Personal Development, you may have heard the term once or twice, but for those who haven’t, I’ll explain.
Now, when I say “Standing On The Shoulders of Taekwondo Giants” I don’t mean that you go and find the biggest person that you know and ask them if you can stand on their shoulders… It’s more of a metaphorical term, rather than a literal one. Continue reading →