Hello, all. My son is 9 years old and has been taking TKD since February. He LOVES it and has just recently joined the dojang's Forms Team. I'm looking for some help/advice from you older guys here (and any TKD moms if you can help)...My son has always been a sensitive soul. He is not naturally aggressive but enjoys sparring. The problem is that when he does get hit and it hurts, he cries. Only for a minute, and he gets back into sparring right away...but I'm frustrated at this behavior. I've been trying to tell him that the other boys will make fun of him if they see that he's crying, and he understands that...but even as late as last night's practice, he shed a few tears when he got kicked in his (skinned) hand. My concern is that one of his teachers said to me last night, "He's not a fighter." That kills me! How can I help my gentle boy "toughen up"? Constructive criticism is welcomed! Thanks in advance!
I'm just short of 190cm tall(6'2") and have somewhat of a thinner frame with longer arms. I originally started with a 190cm top and bottom uniform, but the sleeves were too short and so my master provided me with a 200cm uniform. The problem I have is that the arms are still too short and the uniform is much too large for my chest. Are there any uniform manufacturers that are geared towards taller and thinner students? Any help would be appreciated.
I have done TKD for a few months now and outside of classes I do static stretching by myself. I can almost do the front splits now (side splits are a different story) but I noticed that my post warm up flexibility, that is, after warming up and then stretching to "get into it", even if for just a few minutes, my flexibility has increased so much since I started. However, from a cold state (or even warmed up from jogging etc. but not stretching yet), while my flexibility has improved from before I started practicing, proportionately it seems less than one would expect given the HUGE improvement I have made in the warmed up state.
Yes I know it is important to warm up which is why I do. But I also just want to be more athletic and flexible in my daily life.
Since I do WTF style of taekwondo....do you guys have any tips on how to do faster kicks and combinations? I am pretty fast already imo but I noticed I focus more on power instead of speed unintentionally and I don't know how to convert it to speed.
What is your opinion on this? I called a school enquiring about Taekwondo and specifically stated I wanted to do ITF. The instructor said it doesn't matter if you do ITF or WT as it's more or less the same thing, however, watching sparring videos of both (I train ITF) I see big differences, ITF is more comparable to Kickboxing than WT IMO. What do you guys think?