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...
Whatever your goal is, do this to achieve it faster!

Whatever your goal is, do this to achieve it faster!

Start with the end in mind – It is very important to have a clear understanding of where you want to go. What is it you want to achieve? It is said any task we complete must be done so twice, once in our minds through visualisation and then acting on it. For...
Black Belts aren’t experts…

Black Belts aren’t experts…

Black Belt – Novice or Expert?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀One of the greatest misconceptions with the martial arts is the notion that all black belt holders are experts. It is understandable that those unacquinted with the martial arts might make this...
The secret to success only a select few know….

The secret to success only a select few know….

As a young kid looking to become a sparring champion, I was always studying the best in sports to find the champion SECRETS to success. Looking back now it was very naive of me to think that a particular food, song, routine, technique would be the sole missing aspect...
How to deal with fight day emotions

How to deal with fight day emotions

All competitive Martial Artists will understand the feelings associated with fight day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀This Bruce Lee Quote gives great advice to handle this challenge.  What does he mean? Mental Strength, could be one of the trickiest aspects to improve on due to it’s...
Sharing a passion

Sharing a passion

“Old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The old Greek proverb sums up a lot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Why we coach, even why we started TKD Coach...
The “X Factors” to success in TKD & Life

The “X Factors” to success in TKD & Life

Some the most important factors which contribute to a success are often immeasurable. This is why we often hear, they have the “x factor”. Regardless, whether you want to be champion of the world or simply get inner satisfaction from learning and enjoying...