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    How to excel at Taekwondo?

    Hey guys, I just started Taekwondo and I was wondering from all the people that train: what are some tips from you guys that I can use to excel at TKD? I am really wanting to get into it to get in shape and to get involved more with my kids because they are involved in it too. I also want to learn just to learn! So any tips would help!!!! Thanks!

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    Train every day.

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    Work hard.

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    Flexibility is always a big issue for TKD. Think of all those huge axe kicks and hook kicks. I would work on your splits every day during family tv time? This usualy works good. Also, google some good hip flexer stretches. It is probably the most overlooked part of the body that needs far more stretching then it usualy gets in class.

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    I can actually train 5 times a week in class, 2 of them with my kids......is that too much in class training or should I take all I can get? It's free with our membership...

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    I would start off slowly and see what your body can handle after 5-6 months.

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    Go at least 3x a week, Spar hard, and join the black belt club.

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    Read 'Stretching Scientifically' by Tom Kurtz to develop dynamic flexibility
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    why is this in duffshido?

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    Crosstrain in boxing or something along those lines. Do it soon, before you develop bad fighting habits. Test your kicks on heavy bags/heavy pads. Just because your teacher says that your technique is good enough and you get a purple belt with three stripes and a scratch & sniff sticker doesn't mean that you have developed any power and understand the correct mechanics of said technique. Lastly, don't face too far sideways in your sparring stance. It might work under TKD rules, but you'll lose your front leg to low kicks against other styles. Good luck. ;)

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