Taekwondo

Remembering General Choi Hong Hi

As the sun sets on this day June 15th, 2013, let us Taekwon-Do students and instructors around the world pause to reflect the man who died on this day eleven years ago in June 2002. The founder of Taekwon-Do General Continue reading “Remembering General Choi Hong Hi” »

A Beginner’s Guide to Taekwondo

Taekwondo, renowned for it’s dynamic kicking, as we know it today has two distinct styles. ITF (International Taekwondo Federation)  which was founded by Korean General Choi Hong Hi and incorporates Patterns (Tul) which apart Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Taekwondo” »

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 Ego …….!!!!!!! Who Me????

We all know the best part of the martial arts journey, is the training. That addictive buzz when your energy is running through you, you’re in peak shape and the confidence levels soar.  I was coach once at a Clash of the Titans event, one of the UK’s prestigious competitions, Continue reading “Taekwondo Ego …….!!!!!!! Who Me????” »

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” »

Frank Murphy takes Centre Stage

 


MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE, February 2004, Vol. 16, No. 9, p.141 – 145

Frank Murphy Takes Centre Stage

This article introduces Frank Murphy’s ability as a public speaker and how he made appearances at events such as at David Lowe’s College of Martial Arts and  MAIA’s (Martial Arts Industry Association) conference in Las Vegas. As this interview was carried out straight after a breathtaking Clash of the Titans in 2004, Frank Murphy was asked his opinion and analysis on the refereeing at this event. It then progresses onto questions about his new project Kaizendo, what it is all about, and why he in particular, as a Taekwondo Master has decided to develop the Kaizendo system.

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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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GTI Chairman Frank Murphy Addicted to Taekwondo

TAEKWONDO & KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS, Vol.2, Issue 5, June 1997, p.34 – 41.

Frank Murphy Interview – No Cure For Me – GTI’s Chairman, Frank Murphy tells us how he became addicted to Taekwondo.  Continue reading “GTI Chairman Frank Murphy Addicted to Taekwondo” »

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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