Dan-Gun Tul

Dan-Gun Tul is the pattern required at yellow belt level. This video features yellow belt Rebecca Chitty alongside ITF Patterns World Champion Miss Melissa Timperley, coached by Master Paul McPhail.

Although this level of critiquing may not be necessary at yellow belt level, it is hoped this video provides helpful tips to improve performance at any level. Some of the points raised by Master McPhail in the video are:

  • Correct intermediate positions for knifehand guarding block, twin forearm block and knifehand side strike
  • Correct finished heights and hand positions on various movements
  • Avoiding turning the fist before the end of the punch

Performing the pattern is Miss Rebeca Chitty, a yellow belt from Paul M Taekwon-Do in Auckland, New Zealand. Performing alongside her is Miss Melissa Timperley, ITF 3rd dan Patterns gold medallist in 2013 from Auckland New Zealand. The video begins with Rebecca performing the pattern alone, followed by an analysis of her pattern compared to Melissa. Then Melissa performs the pattern at the end of the video.

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iam Reynolds performing the pattern alone, and then alongside Miss Melissa Timperley.

It is not the intention of these videos to be unnecessarily critical, but more to teach a level of detail that may not be covered in a normal training session. By the use of slow motion we can highlight errors and offer suggestions for improvement.

Some of the points raised by Master McPhail in the video are:

Timing of intermediate positions, which Liam does well

Correct heights of movements and getting the intermediate positions starting from the correct line of the body

Achieving a backward motion on the reverse punch

Correct pivoting of the foot on spot turning and for the releasing technique

Keeping the hands up at eye level after the front snap kick and kicking to solar plexus height

Making sure the hands face the correct way for all intermediate positions.

Performing the pattern is Liam Reynolds, a blue belt from Paul M Taekwon-Do in Auckland, New Zealand. Performing alongside him is Miss Melissa Timperley, ITF 3rd dan Patterns silver medalist at the 2015 ITF World Championships and gold medallist in 2013. Melissa performs the pattern at the end of the video.

Snippets of amazing old footage

DON’T FORGET TO WATCH No. 10 – Paul McPhail performs Juche forwards and backwards

For my 5th degree black belt grading in 1993 I thought it would be a cool idea to perform Juche Tul forwards then backwards for General Choi.

The plan failed miserably as I started the backwards part… I hadn’t even considered the possibility that General Choi would take offence to it. He turned his head and refused to watch. I figured… well… I may as well carry on now and struggled through to the end.

I passed the grading so I guess the General had forgiven me by the day the results were announced.

Here is the footage of the pattern at the grading.

Relaxation : the key to power and performance

Spend any amount of time in a dojang  and you will see some guy (and it is more often than not a guy) whose moves look, well, clunky. They have a tense stiffness about them, a forced attempt to generate power. Trust me I know I was that guy (and still am on occasions).

Instructors faced with the clunky guy almost invariably say “try to relax”. Of course as soon as anyone tells you to relax you are likely to find yourself completely unable to do so, in fact, you are likely to actually stiffen up more. Akin to the experience of being told not to think of a pink elephant, the first thing that pops into your mind is a pink elephant.

Movement Relaxation

Movement Relaxation with World Champion Mira Sjövall

Miss Mira Sjövall is a ITF Taekwon-Do World Champion in patterns. Her powerful yet relaxed style is something to behold, and obviously in favour with the judges.

Mira is the student of Master Thierry Meyour, 7th dan from Finland. Master Meyour has always made good use of sport science and other disciplines to assist in his Taekwon-Do coaching and instructing,  with a particular interest in thinking “outside the box”. This led him to experimenting with Alexander technique and other methods used by dancers and other athletes.

Master Meyour and his team of enthusiastic instructors and practitioners are always pushing the boundary of knowledge, and Mira is a good example of some of the amazing results they have achieved. Of course much of it is Mira’s hard work herself – as with any world champion, it is the hours and hours of repetition we don’t get to see that makes the difference.

This video was filmed as a part of the ITF  Patterns Unleashed series of on-line courses. We are proud to be partnering with ITF Patterns Unleashed and have some new projects planned for the near future.

Mira Sjövall – Finland

World Champion 2019 (2nd dan patterns)

European Champion 2019 (2nd dan patterns)

European Champion 2018 (1st dan patterns)

World Champion 2017 (1st dan patterns)

European Cup gold 2018 (2nd dan patterns)

Double European Champion 2016 (1st dan patterns and sparring)

We apologise for the quality of the video, as this was recorded from an on-line Zoom seminar. We are working on improving the quality in the fut

Road to Double Gold

Final Session: Mira Sjövall’s Road to Double Gold

Miss Mira Sjövall won DOUBLE GOLD at the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championship in September 2023. Her powerful yet relaxed style is something to behold. She is 4 x World Champion and 6 x European champion.

In true TKDCoaching style, we were a “fly on the wall” at Mira’s final session before competing at the World Champs. This is a fascinating insight into the kind of training top athletes do, leading right up to competition.

This session was even more interesting, in that WT Master from France Lionel Villaret was invited to take the session. This is a perfect example of “cross-training” or “outside-the-box” thinking that Black Eagle TKD is well known for.

You can see Mira working with her training partner Sam Delrock from The Netherlands, who went on to win bronze at the Worlds. Training also is Jukka Holmen and Luca Stirbu, as well as Ariella Figueroa 5th dan practising her patterns in the background. Ariella is world champion 2017, world cup winner 2022 and European Champion 2023.

Thanks to Mira’s instructor Master Thierry Meyour, for letting us into his Do Jang to film this session.