Check out the video below, the final of the mens individual patterns from last years World Cup in Jamaica. Mr Lylian Doulay of France vs Mr Mark Trotter of New Zealand. You can see amazing technique, fluidity, leg control, power and grace. What you don’t see are the hours and hours of work that go behind their performances.
The saying is ‘practice makes perfect’, but as Master Gayle points out- ‘perfect practice makes perfect performance’. Meaning lazily doing a knife hand strike 5 times in the kitchen is ok and better than not practising; but if you want to enhance your performance by a lot, then you need to practice the way in which you want to perform. When the stakes are high and your adrenaline is pumping around for the likes of a grading or competition, your body will revert to it’s muscle memory. If your muscles remember 50% power, bad techniques, and lazy execution, then that is what you will produce or perform. The ‘pull it out on the day’ is a myth, that is busted by the opponent who has put the training in and will perform better.
Taekwon-do is for everyone and at WMA we are keen and attentive to provide a training environment where our students can train casually for simple health benefits or if they have a busy schedule etc. But we are also keen to provide a platform for our students to excel and have a gateway to the biggest competitions and international stage for ITF Taekwon-do available. But as another saying goes- ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.’ To be able to get to that stage takes commitment and ‘perfect practise’. Leading up to competition about 40-50% of my training was in the dojang with my instructor and coaches. the rest of the time I was at home or in the gym or in the local park training, working on my technique and preparing. This takes a lot of will power and dedication, but as you can see from the videos, I think all of that preparation and commitment is worth it when you receive that overwhelming feeling of achievement, pride, and accomplishment from reaching your goals. This can come in many forms, whether it’s passing your first grading, competing in a local tournament or winning a World Championship title in front of thousands of people.
Below is a video of multiple world champion Mrs Katya Solovey. Every combination she throws has been practiced and drilled in the dojang thousands of times in the lead up to this. And that’s why she is the Champion!
The secret is- the more work and commitment you put in will to your training, the bigger the feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Set yourself goals, commit to them, and enjoy the rollercoaster that is potentially in front of you.