Coaching Session 1

First session over. It is very different to juniors as there were 2 rows of black belts, many of whom are more senior / experienced than me. Everyone was very kind and good humoured in spite of it being a bit of a rabble – in a good way, good to see some people enjoying themselves!  Have to shout more than I thought – Master  Mark makes it look easy ­čÖé 

I was out on the timings a bit, some of the drills finished quicker than I thought and I would re think doing poomsae Il Jang in pairs as it takes quite a bit of working out for the partner to block, punch/strike, kick in opposition to the poomsae partner.

The application / budo is essential though and there may be a better way of practising that. There are some tendencies in tkd to split into either poomsae or kyorugi which I want to avoid, don’t want poomsae to be some kind of dance – sorry WTF but I didn’t start in tkd to do rhythmic gymnastics as a sport.

Maslenitsa at Pushkin House, London

I went with a friend to a Maslenitsa celebration this evening. He goes to Sweden quite a bit but has not visited Russia.

We now both know a version of Russian musical chairs and have tasted our first Russian blini. There was beautiful, enchanting singing and the stories of Maslenitsa customs explained. They mentioned that Sunday is a time of contemplation, cleaning out ‘spiritually’ after the winter, before Lent, even though some of the traditions are not religious practices.

My friend remarked that evenings like this make him realise how much we all have in common.

tkd coaching update – plans good to go

Assessed session and general practical session plans now ok’d so good to go in March. I was concerned that progression not really measurable enough but this is ok.

Will think about more fun elements to add in between now and then especially for opponent awareness. I will be teaching / coaching the senior sessions on Saturday at Master Worsfold’s request which will be good practice for April assessment.

4 sessions in club:

assessed practical:



Planning kicking sessions

At the moment still going with axe kicks for assessed practical and running 6×30 min session with senior class leading up to moving to side of opponent & kicking (1/2 turn minimum) as these are useful for sparring.

Like most people I have sometimes stepped back when an opponent attacks when side step & counter would be more effective so that’s the plan.

My own personal training schedule is rubbish at the moment and it’s not an ideal time to be doing coaching course at all but life isn’t ideal. 

But I remember as a very green belt being asked to take juniors through basics and early poomsae – andalso thought you must be joking but we all survived intact.

Onwards and onwards

DJI OSMO camera stability

We have been looking at different options for recording video for online learning.

Cycling through Radiotherapy in Sutton is not an option we can probably achieve without causing unnecessary stress for patients or staff, however there are other options for using for tours of the site either on a bike or something else.

Someone recommended DJI Osmo

It will do everything needed and one to consider in next job too.

Forgot to say, I could use this with current Xperia 

GB Taekwondo Coaching Day 2

Another interactive and full-on day, it has been well taught. There are a number of self study tasks to be completed in addition to the 4 planned sessions and assessment.

This morning was about techniques, skills, performance development / improvement and then how to plan a series of progressive sessions. It’s easy to unintentionally plan (and subsequently fail) to achieve the impossible in this series because there are many coaching points.

At the moment I’m splitting into position, breathing, placement, space (before progressing to movement) and I will discover better technical terms over the next few days.

Some time on self esteem and 3 hours on safeguarding this afternoon – lots of practical issues that I need to think about including use of drugs/enhancements and safeguarding.

Aside from politics and cheating temporarily – I was trying to imagine a scenario where there are no banned substances or enhancements but any use or adaptation which affects the body as in a clinical trial is available in real time as national & international data. The UK consent process would be more adequate and clinically accountable (theoretically),  better early signals of adverse effects. 

However from safeguarding perspective this doesn’t cover absent knowledge of long term effects (e.g. like a new cancer drug where there hasn’t been enough long term use to know yet) and how a temporary modification in a child could reduce their life quality or worse as a young adult or older.

Wider, more open knowledge of substances or enhancements may lead to data that could provide therapies, cures or vaccines for other areas. The increase in citizen science self reporting through apps makes it more feasible.

However, does it make the costs & time compared to anti doping better, will companies producing enhancements report adequately in their clinical trials to provide enough data for consent which is also safeguarded for athletes and even if with a no banned list, would people still do things under the radar? 

Don’t know. I don’t feel comfortable enough with the safeguarding aspects. And where is a line drawn in a martial art and improved self esteem with Courtesy Integrity Self Control Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit.

WTF para tkd championship in London 

This is not to take anything away from the amazing people who are making taekwondo more accessible as a paralympic sport or our competitors.

Found out yesterday that apparently we’re hosting it in October. Nice for us as a development opportunity in London but there are many other places who could benefit far more and I don’t believe that the WTF and partners are short of cash to make that happen. Especially with the lead up to 2020. Not to mention the UN investigating the government’s treatment of people who are registered disabled
Apparently these are the official categories in the revised rules issued in January. I’m sticking with ones previously blogged but have noted re P70 should it become applicable. I wouldn’t use the word impairment either.