Want to Counter Attack In Sparring? Master These 3 Things!

Want to Counter Attack In Sparring? Master These 3 Things!

3 Must Haves For Counter Attacks ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1️⃣ – Timing  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀When looking to counter, timing is very important. If you chose the incorrect moment, it can work in your opponents favour. Generally, the best time to counter is when...
Do this to see your sparring training improve 10x !

Do this to see your sparring training improve 10x !

According to the research in Skill Acquisition, generally Martial Artists train for combat quite inefficiently. We spend a lot of time in isolation training breaking down fine details of technique. Then we fail to link this back into the bigger picture and just remain...
What sport science tells us about Martial Art training

What sport science tells us about Martial Art training

Randomized v Blocked Practice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Blocked training is basically repeating the same movement sequence over & over in hope for it to become muscle memory. Of course this is very prevalent in combat sports with emphasis often on technique. It makes sense to have...
I wanted to Quit Taekwon-Do… Here’s what to do, to know if you should

I wanted to Quit Taekwon-Do… Here’s what to do, to know if you should

I wanted to quit Taekwon-Do as a Green Belt… 😯⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀At some stage every Taekwon-Do student will not want to go training! Trust me, it’s inevitable for every student!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀For me, I was a green belt and...
The biggest challenge of Taekwon-Do?

The biggest challenge of Taekwon-Do?

Jack of All Trades A regular conversation we have at TKD Coach Academy is the time spent on each facet/component of training. Most people training in Taekwon-Do in Ireland (think children, most people training in Taekwon-Do in Ireland are children!) train twice a week...
The path to brilliance is…

The path to brilliance is…

The fundamentals are more important than any advanced skill. Of course, we all would like to do the fancy tricks and the visually appeasing things which some people can execute almost effortlessly. The truth is, the best in any field are masters of the fundamentals...
2 Vital Moments To Score in ITF Taekwon-Do Sparring

2 Vital Moments To Score in ITF Taekwon-Do Sparring

Entries & Exits are key! In Taekwon-Do Sparring where/when we choose to engage and disengage are massive moments in any contest. Entries are the steps, techniques & movements which get us through the 3 ranges of combat in ITF ; long range, mid range and close...
Don’t fall into this trap in Sparring..

Don’t fall into this trap in Sparring..

Falling into the trap – ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀A common occurrence which I have noticed recently is the importance of maintaining your rhythm. At times in sparring, complacency sets in with our tempo & rhythm where we might fall into our opponents...