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How Tae Kwon Do Training can Improve your
by: Jason Thomas, Chief Instructor, North Austin Tae Kwon
Tae Kwon Do is a
Korean Martial Art that has a unique emphasis on kicking that is
literally a "Sport Specific" Martial Art for soccer. Soccer
enthusiasts can greatly enhance their soccer game by supplementing their
soccer practice with Tae Kwon Do training.
Several Key abilities that are vital to
success in soccer are improved with regular Tae Kwon Do training such
- The ability to deliver strong
explosive kicks -- Tae Kwon
Do is first and fore most a kicking art. Tae Kwon Do
practitioners study every detail of kick mechanics, including how to
chamber a kick properly, how to deliver a kick on target against a
moving opponent, how to develop maximum power from a kick, how to
maintain balance while throwing a kick, how to throw a kick from
difficult position, how to throw a kick under extreme pressure and
much more. It's easy to see how proficiency in kicking and the
ability to place your foot exactly where you need to from head to
toe would be an asset to any soccer player.
- The ability to focus in pressure
situations -- Tae Kwon Do students frequently practice free
sparring, which requires Tae Kwon Do Students to defend themselves
against kicking and punching attacks while countering with kicking
and punching attacks of their own. In order score with a
kicking technique, the kick must be performed with perfect technique
and land precisely on target. This skill greatly enhances the
soccer player's ability to hit the ball precisely on target in the
heat of a scramble.
- Self discipline -- Tae Kwon
Do promotes a strong sense of self-discipline. Students learn
the value of repetition and self-study and develop the self
discipline to practice a single technique or kick hundreds, if not
thousands of times in an effort to totally master the technique or
kick. In order to be successful in Tae Kwon Do, a student must
have the self-discipline to practice on their own several times per
week and develop a sense of self-motivation. This self
discipline will also allow the soccer player succeed in honing their
soccer skills and dig in deep when it counts.
- Self-Control -- Tae Kwon Do
emphasizes self-control, teaching the student control their emotions
and remain calm in stressful situations. Keeping a cool head
is essential in soccer matches, where pressure and stress can build
up rapidly. It's vital for soccer players to remain cool under
fire and respond appropriately with a variety of actions.
- General athletic abilities --
Tae Kwon Do is a total body exercise that will help the soccer
player improve several other key athletic abilities such as timing,
rhythm, speed, flexibility, aerobic endurance and strength.
Additionally, Tae Kwon Do training will
offer additional variety in training to the soccer player, which will
prevent burn out.
more specific information on the art of Tae Kwon Do and
www.natkd.com/selecting_a_school for information on how to select a
Tae Kwon Do or other martial arts school.