Competitive taekwondo is a demanding sport. Participants must be quick and able to score when given an opportunity. They must understand the opponent, adapt their fighting style, and be prepared to take advantage of any weakness. Most important, they must be confident and know that they can control any match because they have trained well.
Competitive Taekwondo will guide you to victory by demonstrating the proven techniques, tactics, strategies, and conditioning programs you need to become a champion. Through detailed descriptions and photos, former world champion Master Yong Sup Kil illustrates how the subtleties of technique—such as stance, foot angle, and timing—provide the foundation for unstoppable direct, indirect, and counterattacks. Fight strategies, such as creating attack openings and setting up counterattacks, allow you to dominate your opponent and score at will.
From conditioning drills that increase flexibility, strength, endurance, and power to information on making weight and prefight strategies that improve focus and concentration, Competitive Taekwondo is the champion's guide to taking down even the most formidable opponent.
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Master Kil does an exceptional job exploring the many aspects of the sport, from developing the all-important physical skills to gaining the mental edge over your opponent. Whether you are practicing for your next belt test or training for a championship match, Competitive Taekwondo will give you the knowledge and confidence to attain your goal.
Jason Han Six-time U.S. national team member
Master Kil provides the blueprint for becoming a taekwondo champion. Competitive Taekwondo is the must-have reference for any coaches and athletes looking to advance in their mastery of the sport.
Sei Hyuk Kim 1985, 2003 Korean national team head coach; 1988, 2004 Olympic team coach
Competitive Taekwondo details the sparring and training techniques so vital to athletes who desire to reach the elite level of the sport. This book will greatly benefit students, athletes, instructors, and coaches at all levels of the sport.
Master Han Won Lee 1988 Olympic bronze medalist, 1992 Olympian, 2000 Olympic coach, 1993-2003 U.S. Olympic Training Center head coach
I enjoyed the way this book was broken down from kicks to punches to a daily workout schedule. I used many of Master Kil’s drills in preparing for the U.S. National Championships. Athletes of all skill levels will find Competitive Taekwondo an invaluable resource. Sanaz Shahbazi Eight-time U.S. national taekwondo team memberAbout the Author:
Master Yong Sup Kil is a seventh dan black belt, a four-time Korean national martial arts champion (1973-1980), and the 1975 world champion. Since 1994, he has been coaching U.S. national teams, junior national teams, and U.S. national collegiate teams at the World Taekwondo championships. In 2000 Master Kil was named Coach of the Year by the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU). He served as a USTU official delegate to the 2000 Olympic Games and represented the United States as a delegate to the summer Universiade Games (World University Olympiad Games) in 2003.
Master Kil holds the highest certificate in coaching (level 5) and has served on various USTU and USA Taekwondo (USAT) committees. He is a first-class international referee and acts as a special advisor and tactical trainer to law enforcement agencies. Currently, he is on the physical education faculty in the division of kinesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Master Kil operates Kil's Tae Kwon Do, Inc., which consists of nine taekwondo training facilities, located in southeastern Michigan. Master Kil can be reached at www.kilstkd.com.
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