10 Top Taekwondo Tips

On this page we share 10 top taekwondo tips.

We help you to start kicking right.

And keep kicking right.

1. Go easy at the beginning

We've seen it loads. A new white belt in the club clearly loves their taekwondo.

They are so enthusiastic!

They train 4-5 times a week. They really push themselves. They make great progress.

But their body can't cope with the sudden change.

They get an injury. And struggle to come back to training. Often they quit.

If you are new to martial arts or you haven't done a lot of exercise recently, take care of your body.

Take your time to get fit. Give your body time to adapt to the hard training.

In the long run you'll make better progress.

2. Your attitude to taekwondo training is very important

Your attitude is really important.

Try to turn up to training with a positive attitude however bad your day was.

Be friendly, polite and respectful to everyone. Open your mind to learning new things.

And try to resist the temptation to show off when you can do something well.

Oh and make sure you look the part in the dojang. Here's how you choose, wash, iron and wear your taekwondo uniform.

Taekwondo tips 3 - get the basics right

Good basic technique is vital if you want to be good at taekwondo.

All the top players say this whether they are fighters or poomse specialists.

Taekwondo techniques work well if you do them right.

At the beginning it may seem like you are going over and over the same thing again and again. You might even feel a bit bored a times.

But to do a good front kick you need to do 1000s of front kicks. There's no way round this.

The devil is in the detail.

Turn your bottom foot on every kick. Work on the correct chamber for every block.

There's no rush to get to spin kicks. You've got years to do them. Get your roundhouse kick right first.

Here's help with your taekwondo kicks.

And here's our section on the stances, blocks and strikes.

4. Your Tkd Patterns are not just something to learn before your belt test

Patterns or forms help you to practise and improve your basic techniques. They also develop your concentration and focus.

Don't neglect your patterns - even if all you want to do is sparring.

Take time with each form. Learn it slowly. Think about what each move does.

Get every part of every poomse into your muscle memory. Work on the details. Practise when you can.

Here's heaps of help with your taekwondo patterns.

Taekwondo tips 5 - give taekwondo sparring a go as soon as you can

Have a go at sparring as soon as you can.

If you try a fight class while you are a white belt, no-one expects anything of you. And in a good school the senior grades will take care to make sure that you don't get overwhelmed or injured.

If you wait till you're a green belt before you fight - it's hard. Because you won't be much good and there will be pressure on you to perform like a green belt.

Here's some help to get you started with taekwondo sparring.

6. If your instructor gives you the chance to do a taekwondo competition - take it

Taekwondo tournaments are a great way to test yourself. You can compete in sparring or poomse. Or both!

Yes it's scary and confronting.

But the preparation makes you train hard so you get better. And the competition experience makes you stronger.

Taekwondo tips 7 - stretch as much as you can

It's simple... The more flexible you are the easier your taekwondo becomes. And you are less likely to get injured.

So stretch hard. Stretch hard in class. And stretch hard out of class.

Here's some great stretching techniques for you.

8. Make sure you get enough sleep

Did you know that athletes need to sleep more than regular people?

If you want to be good at taekwondo get to bed on time. And give your body enough time to rest and repair itself.

Here's some tips for getting enough sleep.

9. Here's something for you to remember...

Know this.

Taekwondo is tough.

If you've just started training you won't be good at it for a long, long time.

It takes years to even get the basics down to any reasonable standard.

Just know this.

And don't be hard on yourself if you find it tough.

Because it is tough.

10. Have Fun!

Make friends at training and have fun with them.

Have a laugh if the time is right in the dojang.

Meet up with your mates after training and have a kick.

You have to keep taekwondo fun. Because if it's not fun...

... you'll quit.

We hope our taekwondo tips were useful for you.

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