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Competitive Taekwondo PDF

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    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.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Long Runs: Building a Base
    Chapter 2. Off-Road Training: Sparing Your Legs
    Chapter 3. Fartlek Training: Mixing It Up
    Chapter 4. Interval Workouts: The Need for Speed
    Chapter 5. Hill Workouts: Building Strength and Stamina
    Chapter 6. Tempo Runs: Pushing the Threshold
    Chapter 7. Recovery Fun: Rejuvenating With Play
    Chapter 8. Building a Program: Preparing for Competition

    About the Author

    Deborah Feltz, PhD,is professor and chairperson of the department of kinesiology at MichiganStateUniversity in East Lansing. She has devoted more than 30 years to researching the relationship between self-efficacy and sport performance.


    Dr. Feltz has written more than 70 publications on the topic. Her dissertation focused on self-efficacy and was published in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 1982. She was invited to write the first review of her research on self-confidence and sport performance for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews in 1988. In 1986, while on sabbatical at StanfordUniversity, she studied with Albert Bandura, who triggered her interest in the concept of team efficacy. She is an American Psychological Association fellow, former president of the AmericanAcademy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and president-elect of the North American Society for the Study of Sport and Physical Activity. She earned her PhD in physical education and sport psychology from PennsylvaniaStateUniversity. Her major professor was Daniel M. Landers. 


    Sandra Short, PhD, is a professor and chairperson of the department of physical education, exercise science, and wellness at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she also holds an adjunct appointment in the psychology department.She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award and a New Faculty Scholar Award. Dr. Short is an associate editor for The Sport Psychologist, the founding coeditor for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, and a guest reviewer for 15 different journals. She has coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, mostly focused on efficacy beliefs and imagery. She has been the advisor to more than 25 master’s degree students. She earned her PhD in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity from MichiganStateUniversity.

    Philip Sullivan, PhD, is associate professor in the department of physical education and kinesiology at BrockUniversity in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is a research fellow with the Coaching Association of Canada, coeditor of the International Journal of Coaching Science, and codirector of the Center for Healthy Development Through Sport and Physical Activity.

    Dr. Sullivan has coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed articles, most of them focusing on coaching and team efficacy. He coauthored with Dr. Feltz a chapter on applying social psychology to sport teams, which appeared in the book Applied Social Psychology. He earned a PhD with specialization in sport psychology and degrees in psychology and human kinetics. Dr. Sullivan is a certified rugby coach with 15 years of experience.


    "Firmly grounded in theory, this book provides a stellar analysis of the influential role of perceived self-efficacy in athletic development and functioning.  It is uniquely broad in scope, offering a masterful overview of the foundation, research, and application of self-efficacy theory in the field of athletics.  Because of the scope and depth of coverage, this book is an invaluable resource for theorists and practitioners alike seeking an understanding of how beliefs of personal and collective efficacy contribute to the quality of athletic life.  But it is about more than sports.  The insights it provides can also serve one well in other life pursuits.  This is a truly outstanding book that has the makings of a classic in the field of athletics."

    -Albert Bandura

    "The benefits of this book reach well beyond just sports. The techniques are easy to learn and represent tools you will use throughout your career..."

    -Doody’s Review Service