Its been a while since I made any technical posts. I want to start a series of paddle (target) kicking drills, but before I do, here is a short explanation of various types of paddle kicking. This is "old news" for many of you, but its an important starting point before we move into more advanced drills.
1. Paddle Kicking, Basic Drills. In this style of practice, the target is stationary, and the distance consistent with each repetition. The kicker is executing the technique at their own pace. This is used for technical practice, and is a great way for novices to work on new kicks, or kick combinations.
2. Paddle Kicking, Timing Drills. This style of kicking has the holder assuming sparring pace, and dropping the paddles into position for the kicker to react to. It is very important the holder make realistic steps and motion for this to be an effective drill.
3. Paddle Kicking, Speed Drills. In Taekwondo, speed is defined by the time it takes for the strike (foot or hand) to reach the target. In order to increase kicking speed, not only the speed of kick should be increased, but the speed that the athlete moves from one kick to the next. Speed drills typically call for the kicker to do the techniques in continuous motion, with no repetition reset.
Here are the clips in Windows Media Format format as well:
Basic Paddle Kicking Examples
Timing Paddle Drill Examples
Speed Paddle Drill Examples
Hi! My name is Gordon White, I run the Blue Wave Taekwondo branch in Burlington Vermont. If you are interested in The Blue Wave Taekwondo Schools, please visit our Web site: The Blue Wave Taekwondo Association