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

Friday, May 25, 2007

Basic Kicking Technique At Work!

In class, we are constantly practicing what I refer to as the 4 basic round house kicks.

  1. Offensive Round house kicks with rear leg
  2. Offensive Round house kick with the front leg (fast kick/running round)
  3. Defensive Round house kick with the rear leg (slide back or pada chagi)
  4. Defensive Round house kick with the front leg (draw back)
There are video demonstrations of them here on the blog if you are interested.

Here is a clip from the 2007 World Championships, where Korea's Jung Jin Hee scores on China's Tseng Yi-hsuan with a classic Draw back Round house kick. Towards the end of the clip they show the technique 3 or 4 times from different angles. This is a fantastic example of perfection of the most fundamental technique.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Karine Sergerie of Canada

Returning form a 3 - 0 deficit, Karine Sergerie of Canada made an amazing comeback to win the World Championships defeating Korea in Sudden death over time of the Womens light weight finals. This is a fantastic demonstration of maintaining composure and sticking to the plan when trailing in points. This win was extremely well executed and deserved.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Steven Lopez - The Winning Point!

Someone was kind enough to post some clips from the 2007 World Champioships on YouTube

If you click on the YouTube Logo in the lower right hand corner of the screen above, it will take you to http://www.youtube.com and you will have access to other 2007 World Championship Videos.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Steven Lopez Wins 4th World Championships!

Many of you already know that the 2007 World Taekwondo championships are being held this week in Beijing China. It was just announced that Steven Lopez of the USA won his 4th straight World Championship today, beating Korea in Sudden Death over time. (Steven is pictured on the right in Red at the 2004 Olympics on his way to winning Gold there as well).

At this point, Steven is (unofficially) the most successful Taekwondo competitor of all time, winning 4 World Championships and 2 Olympic Gold Medals. If you are interested, here is a link to Stevens Profile.

In 2005, all 3 Siblings of the Lopez Family won Gold at the World Championships, unfortunately the "Three-Peat - Repeat" did not happen when earlier in the competition Mark Lopez lost to Korea in the Quarter Finals, and Diane Lost to Korea in Semis to claim Bronze.

You can get more information and updates on the World Championships at the following Locations:

USA Taekwondo - National Governing Body of Taekwondo in USA
WTF - World Taekwondo Federation, World Governing body for Taekwondo
OE Players - Taekwondo Forum
WCSN - On Line Sports Broadcasting

Side Note: The World Championships have competitors participating from over 120 countries, Steven had to fight 6 times in order to claim gold!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

USAT RI Qualifier

We recently had 4 students attend the USAT Qualifier in RI, here is a quick clip of a very sweet spin hook kick Mr. Sayles scored in his second fight. I should have another Paddle drill up over the weekend.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sparring Day 1

We recently started an introduction to sparring class and opened it up to your 9th gup juniors as a way to prepare for the upcoming Blue Wave Juniors Tournament.

As a Taekwondo instructor, there is something very exciting about a bunch of 6, 7, and 8 year olds getting their first set of sparring equipment. I did not get much in the way of action footage, but here is a very short clip of a couple of drills - if you scroll down to the slide back double video, the 2 black belts in that clip were not much older then these guys when they started.