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HOW TO TEACH SPARRING SAFELY

One of the key reasons that students both adults and children, give up training is commonly because they start sparring too soon. Their introduction to sparring is very abrupt, Continue reading “HOW TO TEACH SPARRING SAFELY” »

Taekwondo Counter Attacking Sparring Option

Ever find yourself frustrated with your sparring when you execute a kick only to find your opponent is just that tiny bit out of range? Well, take heart as it can be a common feeling so this article looks at the advantages of counter-attacking as opposed to initiating the attack. Continue reading “Taekwondo Counter Attacking Sparring Option” »

Finding Reasons to Continue Taekwondo Training

We all have reasons for doing things. Having a flat midsection, renewed energy levels and better all round physical and mental health are all strong reasons to workout. However, we also may have reasons to give up, and these “give up”
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Taekwondo Self Defence Techniques (Hosin Sul) Drilling Knees and Elbows

In this combination we explore those two explosive attacking tools, the knee (moorup) and the elbow (palkup). Apart from the practical value of short range techniques, it can be used for line-work in most Taekwondo classes, it is also great to include for cardio work as it works the bigger muscle groups, and can be easily done by most grades.

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The Oldest Taekwondo Combination in the Book

“The Oldest One in the Book”

This month’s Taekwondo combination is the Step In leading Leg Side Kick and follow up with a knife-hand. This is probably one of the first and most basic of all sparring combinations, we all strive to learn, nonetheless it is a formidable Continue reading “The Oldest Taekwondo Combination in the Book” »

Tailor Made Combinations for Taekwondo Sparring Part 1

One of the most interesting aspects of Taekwondo training is putting together a combination of kicks and punches using some of our favourite techniques and more importantly ones that are tailor made for ourselves. We know from our Continue reading “Tailor Made Combinations for Taekwondo Sparring Part 1” »

Why Flexibility Training is Important for Taekwondo & Health

Every fitness book will tell you that it is vital to stretch regularly to maintain flexibility and aid muscle recuperation throughout your life. They are all right. I took awhile to heed this great advice, I  needed stronger reasons Continue reading “Why Flexibility Training is Important for Taekwondo & Health” »

Pushing Through Barriers in Taekwondo Training

Strong reasons to keep up training, over many years, takes an above average mindset. Black Belt and beyond is a plateaux reserved for those of us who value a fit, strong body and an open mind on what is possible with further advanced Continue reading “Pushing Through Barriers in Taekwondo Training” »

Weight Training for Taekwondo and Fitness

AN INTRODUCTION TO  RESISTANCE AND WEIGHT TRAINING

Strength or Weight training, sometimes known as Resistance training, will enhance boxing martial arts and fitness. Even the high kicking art of Taekwondo will benefit, as research has shown when resistance and flexibility training are combined, flexibility actually increases. Continue reading “Weight Training for Taekwondo and Fitness” »

Getting Serious About Taekwondo Training…

I was inspired reading the autobiography of one of the world’s greatest dancers Michael Flatley, about when he really decided to make dancing his life’s endeavour,  how his training regime was seriously upgraded… Continue reading “Getting Serious About Taekwondo Training…” »

Children’s Taekwondo Classes – Some Important Ideas

For those of us that have run children’s classes long term, we may have seen a drop in the age 7 – 11 group and teenagers recruitment over time and are quick to blame ‘competition’ (what many instructors consider other martial arts clubs in the vicinity) or ‘recession’ (people simply have no money!). Continue reading “Children’s Taekwondo Classes – Some Important Ideas” »

THE MEANING OF TAEKWONDO BLACK BELT IN 2012

So many students will enrol this January with the goal and the burning desire to become a Taekwondo Black Belt, and some will be willing to go through the hardship and discipline to be a really great one. With modern scientific training methods, the potential is there for the black belt standard Continue reading “THE MEANING OF TAEKWONDO BLACK BELT IN 2012” »

Taekwondo Training and Challenges

This article was taken form the first edition of Frank Murphy’s Masterclass Newsletter. I hope you enjoyed looking at the website and that you found something of interest, whether it was an article or simply an old photo that held some good memories. Regardless of the type of training you are involved in,my goal is to keep you motivated with your training (or teaching/coaching if you Continue reading “Taekwondo Training and Challenges” »

Chasing the Elusive Six Pack

At this stage of my career, I feel priviledged to be still very actively involved in training, particularly with my latest project Kaizendo Fitness, a training programme I developed over the last 10 years, to facilitate both the needs of the fitness enthusiast and the adult martial artist.  A personal goal of mine, now at the age of 56 is to chase down the elusive six pack, although I would settle for four. Continue reading “Chasing the Elusive Six Pack” »

Taekwondo Training – Using Focus Pads

Nothing feels as good as a decent kick/punch combination to a properly held piece of training equipment. While a punch bag or a wavemaster (stationary punching equipment) can develop the basic techniques, the advantage of hand held focus pads is that the holder can simulate the movement of an opponent more realistically by moving in close proximity to enhance range and develop accuracy. Continue reading “Taekwondo Training – Using Focus Pads” »

Taekwondo Training – Using Paddle Pads

Murphy’s Masterclass - Using Paddle Pads

This month we look at the paddle target pad. While the paddle pad is not strictly a focus pad, it still is a very valuable and important piece of equipment. The story behind the paddle is that a group of Korean Taekwondo experts who were looking to warm up prior to an exhibition held a martial arts shoe by the heel and held it so that the wider top end of the shoe could act as a target. Continue reading “Taekwondo Training – Using Paddle Pads” »

Taekwondo Training – How to Stay on Track

When we as Taekwondo practitioners are on form with our training, when we go for months on schedule without interruption and the endorphins bring an addictive ‘feel good’ factor, it strengthens our involvement and commitment to physical training. It is rewarding to see, feel and measure our progress no matter how minimal, when our training is going well. While I run the risk of preaching to the converted here, expounding the virtues of regular training, we may well be hard to live with when our training schedules are interrupted. I will be first to admit that when my training is interrupted my self control comes under pressure and is tested.

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How to do Cardio Kickboxing – Part 2

MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED February 2001, Vol.13, No.9, p.63-66

This is part two of an article aimed at the instructor who wishes to introduce to his/her martial arts classes martial arts to music such as an aerobic style of kickboxing programme. Previously we covered a number of points related to safety as well as preparation before you start the class. Continue reading “How to do Cardio Kickboxing – Part 2” »

How to do Cardio Kickboxing – Part 1

MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED, January 2001, Vol.13, No.8,  p.122 – 125

This article is written for martial arts instructors interested in teaching martial arts to music, e.g. cardio kickboxing, as part of their portfolio of classes. It includes some tips to help improve your classes and explain why these type of classes are a fantastic addition to your school.

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Taekwondo Sparring for Beginners

MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE, November 2000, Vol.13, No.6, p.47 – 49.

If you read this article…

You will help the martial arts industry to grow by helping newcomers, ease into the contact side of martial arts. If they have trained regularly and just about to purchase the sparring equipment, you really want to avoid them dropping out. This article could also be called Sparring too much too soon, one of the main reasons for a high rate of student drop out. Continue reading “Taekwondo Sparring for Beginners” »

Taekwondo Training using Kickshields and Airshields

MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE, December 2003, Vol.16, No.7, p.108 -109.

In this article, Frank Murphy’s Masterclass goes into detail about the use of larger equipment in the training dojo such as airshields and kickshields. He writes about  how to hold the equipment safely and get the best results for the different types of kicks, which mainly apply to Taekwondo, Kickboxing or any kicking within the martial arts.   Continue reading “Taekwondo Training using Kickshields and Airshields” »

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