Ge-Baek performed by world champ

Ge-Baek Tul performed by Miss Roisin Giles

This video shows triple World Champion Roisin Giles performing the first dan pattern Ge-Baek.

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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.

Do-San Tul

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.

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

Do we need core stability training in Taekwon-Do?

Course stability training has been a trend in the exercise world for a decade or more. But what is the core, does it need strengthening and what is core stability training? And more importantly, do we need to do it in ITF Taekwon-Do?

These are the questions Sanna Rantasaari answers in this video, giving you a thorough understanding of the anatomy and function of the core, as well as providing you with some great core stability exercises.

The video is very entertaining as Sanna presents the topic in a fun way.